Mindful leadership is a mindfulness-based leadership course that can help transform your life and career; but it all starts with transforming yourself first.
This minor focuses on teaching personal development techniques through the means of emotional intelligence, mindfulness meditation, and leadership. Students should note, the emphasis in this minor is on the mindfulness aspect and how it pertains to leadership and not the other way round. Because of this, a dominant portion of the course focuses on your own self-development and self-leadership. This takes both courage and authenticity. Through the learning of various skillsets such as focused awareness, emotional regulation, and empathy, you will understand how to enhance your self-awareness and self-management skills, and overall become a more empathetic leader in the workplace. The theoretical framework this minor is based upon is Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Quadrant: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management (Goleman, 1995). Such skillsets are proven to be necessary in the dramatically shifting work environment of the 21st century, where burnout rates are increasing exponentially and employee well-being is compromised.
The key to being a superior, emotionally intelligent leader starts first with building a strong personal foundation in your own self-awareness. If your goal is to become a leader in industry who possesses these characteristics as well as cognitive flexibility, clear communication, authenticity, and enhanced empathy, then this course is for you. This minor will provide you with the building blocks to most optimally develop yourself so you can best lead others.
Structure of the minor
Unit 1: Mindfullness (5 EC)
Learning Outcome: To evaluate the applied benefits of mindfulness-based practices and its potential value in organisations:
- Focuses on building students self-awareness through meditation, yoga and reflection.
- One day silent retreat – yoga retreat center
- Mindfulness theory classes
- Meditation Workshops
Unit 2: Emotional Intelligence (5 EC)
Learning outcome: To analyse and demonstrate the relationship between emotional intelligence (E.I) quadrant and mindful leadership skillsets:
- Focuses on building student’s self management skills through emotional intelligence practices and motivational talks by guest lecturers.
- Think Feel Act workshop
- Get to know your emotions and values
Unit 3: Leadership (5EC)
Learning outcome: Design and deliver a personalised action plan that develops mindful leadership skillsets, with emphasis on how they will contribute value at an organisational level:
- Focuses on building a student’s relationship management skills and social awareness through building communication and empathy:
- Communication Workshops
- Get to know your leadership style
- Reflection portfolio
- Industry Report
- Student Led Seminar
- Action Plan Presentation
Minor is accessible for students who have obtained a propaedeutic degree from a bachelor's programme and 30 credits from the post-propaedeutic programme associated with that programme.
Note: All students will benefit from this minor no matter what academic background – however, particularly blend well with BA and IHM programmes.
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