Mindfulness & Leadership: 197A

Many lawyers become leaders, and many leaders strive to improve their leadership skills. The difference between a good leader and a great leader often resides more in a person’s manner and style than in his or her knowledge of basic leadership principles.

Mindfulness & Leadership, taught at the University of Miami School of Law by Scott Rogers and Raquel Matas, explores the qualities of great leadership that are not so much taught as they are realized, and ways to cultivate the leadership skills we already possess so as to further our personal trajectory and career aspirations. A central assumption of this exploration is that mindfulness provides greater clarity, focus, compassion and creativity- all qualities of great leadership.

In this course we look to the intersection of leadership principles and mindfulness practices to deepen our capacity to draw upon what we know and learn of leadership and how to get out of the way of its natural unfolding.

Mindfulness insights and exercises shared in the course will inspire a deeper knowing of ourselves, a honing of our power, and through it an unleashing of our natural manner and style so that we might more readily draw upon and integrate leadership tools and principles into our lives and the work that we do.

Together we will review fundamental leadership principles and integrate them into research and writings in mindful leadership and the experiential practices that bring them to life. Small group exercises will allow for a deeper engagement in the material along with periods for self-reflection and personal practice.

Leadership areas to be explored include: vision, focus, balance, integrity, confidence, and compassion.