Leading on Purpose will help you to build the capacities necessary to lead intentionally and purposefully in the pursuit of making a positive difference to your own life, those of others in your organization and to society.
Drawing on ground-breaking research conducted at Ashridge, you will learn how mindfulness practice can help you to develop vital skills required for you and your organization to thrive in the face of the complex and ambiguous challenges of the 21st century. These include: the ability to facilitate collaboration and dialogue; enhanced personal and leadership resilience; the discovery of personal and organizational purpose – and a greater capacity to follow these.
Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever arises from moment to moment, in yourself, others and the world around you. In the Board Room it might translate into a deeper sense of self awareness, an appreciation and understanding of others, improved emotional intelligence, more thoughtful inquiry and deeper, more considered, decision making. These are leadership skills which are essential to the navigation of our organizational context in the 21st Century.
Content and Structure
Before arriving at Ashridge you will have a 1:1 personal coaching session with a member of the faculty team designed to enable you to reflect on your experience as a leader and the capacities you feel are vital in enabling you, your organization and your society to flourish amidst the complex challenges and opportunities that the 21st century presents.
You will have the opportunity and the support, should you wish, to try out a number of guided personal mindfulness practices in the two weeks running up to the residential phase.
Whilst you are at Ashridge you will explore your own leadership practice and using this knowledge you will develop vital leadership capacities including:
How to help yourself and others to lead in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) environment
How to enhance your resilience as a leader as well as the resilience of others
How to collaborate and facilitate dialogue in your organization
How to identify your personal and organizational purpose
These capacities will be supported by developing your own mindfulness practice which enables a greater ability to focus attention – on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgementally. We will share with you ground-breaking research on the impact of mindfulness and suggest ways that it might help you to develop critical skills such as:
Decision making under pressure
Positive framing of events
You will be supported after the program by another 1:1 personal coaching session with a member of faculty. The focus of this session is on your experience with applying the learning from the residential element of the program, back into your own workplace and, if it is relevant for you, your private life.
We will also provide you with support to continue your mindfulness practice in the form of recorded guided meditations and a suggested structure for using these.
You will become a member of the Ashridge Alumni network which is an excellent opportunity to continue your personal development and networking.
You are also given continued access to your online program portal and Virtual Ashridge content for six months after your residential stay. Ongoing support and further learning opportunities are available with Ashridge Momentum.
All Ashridge Open Programs are taught in English, find out how we can help you to improve your English.
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"An insightful leadership program - the learning and experiences will stay with me. Powerful learning in a creative and mindful environment - a must for all leaders."
Wendy Nicholson, Lead nurse, Public Health England
"This program will help you see yourself and your world in a different way... and that will make you a more effective leader."
Jonathan McKenna, Director, Kaolin Consulting Limited
"Bring an open mind and it will be filled with useful tools to re-shape the way in which you think, feel and respond to anything and everything that comes your way."
Sonia Watson, Head of Finance Systems and Change, M&G Investments
"Very intense and eye-onening. A lot of introspective work. Wonderful experience."
Rachele Dino, CSR Communications and Engagement Specialist, Swarovski Ltd
"If you're open to it, I think this program could have a really meaningful and positive impact on your entire life."
Emma Pollard, Head of HR Operations - Europe, Mylan