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Leadership Series: Mindful Leadership and Performance


Many professionals report increasing levels of exhaustion as they balance seemingly endless demands while not always having the tools needed to effectively navigate through them. Using mindfulness techniques can help, but they are often difficult to apply in an actual work environment.

This interactive and experiential event will provide insights into new research on how to build awareness and increase emotional intelligence to better adapt to stressors at work and at home, specifically in contexts that are volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA).

Participants will learn how stress can bias our attention and undermine performance, affect self‑awareness and self‑regulation, and be reduced through self‑compassion and other positive psychology frameworks.

Learn about:

  • the default mode of the brain and how stress can bias our attention and undermine performance
  • concepts from positive psychology frameworks such as mindfulness and self‑compassion
  • the link between self‑awareness and self‑regulation as predictors of performance
  • quick mental techniques that can disrupt patterns of thinking and bad habits

Learn more about the Leadership Series.


Ellen Choi

Ellen Choi, Assistant Professor, Toronto Metropolitan University


Courtney Amo, Executive Faculty Member, Canada School of Public Service

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