LEAD 17
Mindful Leadership Winter 2022

Class Details

What are you doing to strengthen your ability to lead, focus, embody compassion, and perform at your best? Training our minds with mindfulness can shift our baseline level of happiness, help us to navigate upheaval in our lives, and enable us to lead compellingly through uncertainty. In this experiential learning course–blending (still and moving) meditation with leadership development–we will: explore mindfulness and performance challenges, heighten our ability to understand and work with intense emotions, bring more resilience to our relationships, and gain strategies to work with our inner critics. Through exercises, we will also explore storytelling, decision-making, debriefing, dance, privilege, and compassion. You will integrate what we’ve explored and then lead your own exercise/experience near the end of the course-facilitating an experience for the group that you believe will contribute to our collective learning. You will also facilitate the debrief of another student-led exercise/experience-to draw out lessons learned. Through readings, podcasts, and videos we will be inspired by leadership practitioners and mindfulness teachers such as: Amy Edmondson, Jim Detert, Zander Grashow, Ruth King, Mark Coleman, Jamie Wheal, Sharon Salzberg, and Mooji. To explore the mindbody connection through art, we’ll venture off-campus to meet for one class at the Clark and one class at MASS MoCA. We will meet 2 times per week for 3 hours. One (minimum) individual meeting with the instructor will be scheduled during the course to support each student to lead their own exercise/experience and student-led debrief. If you have any questions about this course, feel free to contact the instructor at: [email protected]
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 16
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation, evaluation will be based on class participation, completion of assignments, engagement with pod group, as well as student-led debrief and final student-led exercise/experience 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. One (minimum) individual meeting with the instructor will be scheduled during the course to support each student to lead their own exercise/experience and student-led debrief. If you have any questions about this course, 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 Hunt '03 helps changemakers transform themselves, their organizations, and the world--through coaching, mindful leadership, and organizational development. He has worked with clients such as: The Gates Foundation, Google, Greenpeace, Purpose, MIT Solve, and the Williams Ski Team. Still curious? Learn more: www.jamiehunt.org
Materials/Lab Fee: none

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