Mindful Leadership – Developing your Emotional Intelligence

Course Summary

This innovative two day course draws on the latest neuroscience evidence and shows how mindfulness practice can improve your emotional intelligence. Developing your emotional intelligence enhances your performance, develops your leadership capabilities and boosts your well-being.


The Mindful Leadership course combines Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Neuroscience with a focus towards leadership capacity in the workplace, recognising that we are all leaders at various moments and stages in our lives. The course is highly interactive and focuses on three areas:

  • Attention Training – attention is the basis of all higher cognitive and emotional abilities. Therefore any framework for training emotional intelligence has to begin with attention training. The idea is to train your attention to create a quality of mind that is clam and clear at the same time. That quality of mind forms the foundation for emotional intelligence.
  • Self-Knowledge and Mastery – using trained attention to create a high resolution perception in your cognitive and emotive processes. This allows you to observe your thought stream and the process of emotions with a high level of clarity and to do so objectively from a third person perspective. This deep self-knowledge allows self-mastery.
  • Creating useful mental habits – there are mental habits which can be consciously trained which can lead to highly constructive relationships and enhanced general well-being.


During the course you will learn about:

  • The neuroscience behind mindfulness, a basic introduction to the science behind mindfulness. This demonstrates the importance of mindfulness as a foundational skill that enables emotional awareness, clarity and peace of mind and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Developing your capacity for self-awareness and understanding how you react to different situations and how you are present in different contexts. You will gain an understanding of your perceptions of your emotions, habits and behaviour patterns. A key element of the course is acknowledgement that we can only control what we are aware of and hence mindfulness is fundamental in helping you become self-aware.
  • How to improve your self-management by learning how to pause and reflect before responding to triggers or prompts. This is particularly important when you are susceptible to stressful and emotional situations which is all too often in our fast-paced always on modern environment.
  • The power of aligning your values to your actions to strengthen motivation. This ensures that you become more engaged in what you do and will be more likely to achieve your goals.
  • The importance of knowing and how to develop empathy to make you more effective in the workplace. Empathy and compassion are often over-looked in the workplace but are core in building trust and professional relationships within teams. One of the driving purposes of this course is to inject more compassion into work and everyday life.
  • Being successful in relationship management in the workplace, using compassion and communicating with insight particularly with respect to dealing with difficult conversations and bringing out the best of people in teams.

Course Benefits

The course is designed to:

Expand Leadership Capacity – through increased effectiveness, decision-making capacity, and ability to create positive culture;

Improve Performance & Collaboration – by developing greater strength in brain regions associated with focus, working memory, and executive function. Greater empathy and ease in relationships; and

Enhance Wellbeing & Resilience - greater emotional resilience, stress management, happiness, and job satisfaction. Fewer stress symptoms and sick days.

You will come away with a range of tools and techniques that you can immediately put to use in your personal and professional lives to:

  • Reduce stress
  • Improve effectiveness
  • Increase focus
  • Increase feelings of happiness in yourself and others
  • Increase your positive connection to others
  • Manage distractions
  • Feedback from previous delegates:

    "Excellent intro to the subject matter, explained well, very interesting and thought provoking. Knowledgeable and passionate tutors, excellent delivery." – Nick

    “Very relevant and interesting for the current working environment and for managers/leaders, and skills to use in your personal life too” - Natalie

    Tutor Profile

    Jon Buckland is an experienced senior manager and leader with over 30 years’ service in the public and private sectors. He created and has led the States of Guernsey's Innovation Lab which has focused on the development of innovation capabilities and competencies within the Civil Service. In driving this innovation work he was also Chief Officer for the Education Department where working with practitioners he developed a keen interest and passion in seeking to address staff well-being whilst delivering outstanding performance. So began a journey into the latest research in neuroscience and specifically the fields of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Jon's mission is to make life better for everyone and the course is designed to be practical, enjoyable and relevant to the real world in which we all live.

    Chris Robilliard has been delivering Mindfulness training courses locally via The Studio since 2012. He has a postgraduate qualification in Mindfulness-Based Approaches which qualifies him to deliver training in MBSR (mindfulness based stress reduction) and MBCT (mindfulness based cognitive therapy). Chris has been assessed and listed by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers and meets their Good Practice Guidance. He also has a degree in psychology and has worked for over 20 years as a chiropractor.

    Chris has become increasingly interested in how mindfulness may be of benefit in an educational setting and how stress can influence learning. He is now part of a team working toward implementing a mindfulness programme in all Guernsey schools.

    Course at a Glance

    • Next Start Date: 19 September 2019
    • CPD Points: 14
    • Course Cost: £495.00
    • Course Length: Two day course (19 & 20 September 2019, 09:00-17:00)
    • Location: GTA University Centre, Guernsey
    • Tutor: Jon Buckland

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