In order to rise to the challenges our world faces today, we need leaders who are able to focus on the issues of the day while being aware of their personal biases, maintaining composure during high stress situations, and capably delving into problems with focus and clarity—all while not suffering from burn-out. That’s a tall order. More and more research reveals that mindfulness training gives people the edge they need to successfully navigate their leadership roles with power and skill, as well as compassion for themselves and others.
For Part 2 of our Publisher’s Roundtable Series on Mindfulness in 2016, our publisher James Gimian sat down with the mindfulness experts who are pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a leader:
Lt. Richard Goerling
Lieutenant in the Hillsboro Police Department in Oregon
“We’re looking at how to effectively train police officers to understand how their own socialization experience impacts, even unconsciously, some of the decisions they make in the field.”
Founder of Simple Intentions, author of The Mindful Life book series, and a regular contributor to Mindful magazine.
“We help teams have conversations they don’t know how to have.”
Congressman Tim Ryan
Representative for the 13th District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives and author of A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution.
“It would be smart for us as a society to recognize that mindfulness training is appropriate to make sure that, in a very high stress environment, cops are able to utilize all of the faculties that they posses.”
Meditation teacher and Program Director for Mindfulness-Based Learning at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.
“How do you know if an instructor is qualified or if a group that’s offering mindfulness training has the competence to do it?”
Director of Mindfulness Education at the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA
“We’re working on the standardization and professionalization of the mindfulness field.”
“This work has the potential to transform our workplaces, our lives, and our communities.”
CEO and co-founder of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), which grew out of Google.
“We’re giving people the tools and abilities to bring mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills and competence into their lives and into their worlds.”
Assistant professor of practice at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
“The power of mindfulness in knowledge oriented firms has proven to be a very effective tool for them.”
Founder and director of the Institute for Mindfulness Studies and of the University of Miami School of Law’s Mindfulness in Law Program and he co-founded and co-directs the University of Miami’s Mindfulness Research Practice Initiative.
“In many ways the law, and the legal profession, is a mindfulness expression.”
Chair at the Contemplative Sciences Center at the University of Virginia, and a partner in the Bridge Builder’s Collaborative, whose mission is to fund and support entrepreneurs who envision ways to use mind-training to help people live more productive, less stressful, happier lives.
“How do we bring the tools of heart-orientation to our practices as much as the concentration-oriented practices and more wisdom-oriented practices?”
Co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, key contributor in the founding of Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and teacher of contemplative practices for various organizations.
“Mindfulness can help us create a more inclusive, just society.”
Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, leading presenter in mindfulness for lawyers.
“My hope is that we bring more peace and justice into this world.”
—In part one of The Publisher’s Roundtable on Mindfulness in 2016, experts reveal the leading edge of mindfulness in child development and education.
—In part three of The Publisher’s Roundtable on Mindfulness in 2016, the leaders of the mindfulness movement reveal what’s next for wellness, well-being, happiness, and community.