Dr. Robbie Hertneky, Chairperson of the Department of Management and Associate Professor in the MBA in Sustainability Program at Antioch University New England (AUNE), will present “Mindful Leadership: Understanding and developing ourselves as mindful leaders” at the Building a Better World: Practical Skills for Mindfulness and Social Change conference at AUNE on June 7.
Janice Marturano, Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, and author of Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership, defines a mindful leader as one who, “embodies leadership presence by cultivating focus, clarity, creativity, and compassion in the service of others” (p. 11). She makes the connection to mindfulness, “When the mind is trained to be fully attentive, even in the midst of chaos, we have the space to make more wise and conscious choices” (p. xii).
Robbie’s workshop will address the conference theme, “How do we apply Mindfulness to our Advocacy Work?” Participants will have an opportunity to explore and articulate their leadership purpose and the role mindfulness plays, or doesn’t play, in it. After learning more about mindful leadership and how it is conceptualized, there will be time to use the framework as a lens through which to examine a particular leadership incident and envision how it might have gone differently.
The workshop is designed for leaders, whether holding a formal title or influencing informally, at any stage of development, as well as for those who may, or may not, have established mindfulness practices. Openness, curiosity and a willingness to reflect are all that is needed!
Participants will leave the workshop with: a greater understanding of themselves as leaders; an introduction to mindful leadership; an opportunity to practice applying mindful leadership concepts to their own practice; and concrete next steps for going forward and developing their capacity as mindful leaders.
Robbie teaches classes in leadership and change. She completed AUNE’s Mindfulness for Educators Certificate Program, participated in Mind & Life Institute’s Academy for Contemplative and Ethical Leadership, and received a certificate from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government in The Art and Practice of Leadership Development. Her interests are in mindfulness, leadership development, and personal and professional leadership identity; her research has explored the leadership self-identity of women college presidents.
The Building a Better World Conference takes place June 6, 7, 8, 2017 and is a three-day transformative opportunity to dialog, share and celebrate our collective energy related to social justice while learning effective and sustainable ways to nurture and invigorate our advocacy practices. Click here to register.