Mindful Leadership Winter 2024

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Why should anyone be led by you? If you were to make a shift in your way of being over winter study-one that would significantly change your life, and the trajectory of your leadership-what would it be? Would it help to be more able to: sustain resourceful energy states, speak truth to power, embody compassion, and lead through uncertainty? In this experiential learning course-blending (still and moving) meditation with leadership development-you will heighten your ability to navigate intense emotions, develop strategies for working with your inner critic, explore impermanence (yes, we are all going to die), cultivate lovingkindness, and elevate your ability to perform (we can all do better). We will also explore embodied dance, energy management, intuition / discernment, polarities, and flow. Ready show up more fully? While exploring and integrating, you will co-facilitate an experience for the group that you believe will contribute to our collective learning. You will co-facilitate the debrief of another student-led exercise-to draw out lessons learned. Near the end of the course, you will also co-lead a session for the Williams community. Combining deep inquiry with readings, podcasts, and videos, we will be inspired by thinkers and leaders such as: Kara Lawson, Amy Edmondson, Jim Detert, Rich Roll, and Christopher Alexander as well as mindfulness practitioners such as: Mark Coleman, David Treleaven, Ruth King, and Sharon Salzberg. You’ll also venture off-campus with your pod to explore the Clark and MASS MoCA.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Expected: NA
Class#: 1212
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Creative project(s); Evaluation will be based on class participation, completion of assignments, engagement with pod group, student-led debrief, student-led exercise, and session for the broader Williams community that demonstrates engagement with class material (or final 10-page paper if that is what you prefer). We will meet 2 times per week for 3 hours. Two pod meetings with the instructor will be scheduled during the course to support each student to co-lead an exercise, student-led debrief, and contribute to the community session. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the instructor at [email protected].
Prerequisites: Open to all students; no previous mindfulness, leadership development, nor movement experience required
Enrollment Preferences: Statement of interest (share a bit about yourself and your interest in the course)
Unit Notes: Jamie coaches changemakers to do what brings them alive. He has worked with clients such as: The Gates Foundation, Google, Greenpeace, Purpose, MIT Solve-and at Williams, with the Emerging Leaders and Ski Teams. Still curious: jamiehunt.org
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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