Mindful leadership training

In a time of international political conflicts, quickly changing life circumstances and a globally connected economy the demand for alert leaders is large. Before anything else leaders of the future need to have a healthy mind. Only somebody with a clear mind can make good decisions, which benefit clients, the corporation and eventually society at large.

In a three-day seminar active leaders and leaders-to-be will get to know themselves and their inner patterns of thought, in order to be strengthened in their role as a leader. Mindfulness and meditation make up the core of this training. Accompanied by two teachers experienced in psychology, management and mindfulness participants will learn the basics of mindful leadership.

Suitable for entrepreneurs, leaders and leaders-to-be in the entrepreneurial or non-profit sector, 6-12 participants, 3 days


1. Self-leadership

• Introduction to the training’s concept
• Learning about and practicing meditation and mindfulness as means to strengthen personal resources
• Strengthening of emotional intelligence, to observe and make use of one’s own and others' emotion in everyday work
• Work with inner elements based on Richard Schwartz, to get to know cognitive patterns, fears and limits, which can motivate and demotivate
• Understanding the mechanisms and effects of stress on one’s work capability
• Mindfulness practice

2. Mindfulness as a leadership tool I

• Servant leadership based on Robert K. Greenleaf
• Empathy and compassion in leadership
• Formation of a team identity and corporate culture with mindfulness
• Verbal and written mindful communication
• Facing conflicts with mindfulness
• Mindfulness practice

3. Mindfulness as a leadership tool II

• Getting to know silence as a source of inspiration and self-reflection
• Using unconscious processes to free up one’s creative potential
• Visions and missions in leadership
• Development of one’s own mindful leadership style
• Mindfulness practice

“To Lead the People You Must Walk Behind Them”


Techniques of leading onself and others mindfully

More efficient and creative problem-solving skills

Improved self-perception and self-knowledge

Clearer and more conscious decision-making skills through the introduction of a pause between stimulus and reaction

Improved mental wellness, increased well-being, decreased stress experience, more vitality as well as increased ability to concentrate

Improved communication

Einige Menschen die meditieren


In the seminar “Peak Performance” staff and leaders learn to know their own limits, to reflect and finally broaden them. Mindfulness and meditation are evidence-based methods to enhance capacity, concentration, agility and self-regulation. They result in measurable improvements in interpersonal capabilities, leadership, motivation, communication and resilience in the work life.


Using examples from music, sports, science and technology as case studies this three-day seminar searches for peak performance. Accompanied by two trainers experienced in psychology and mindfulness, participants will experience various methods and receive insights into psychological research in the area of peak performance.

Suitable for staff and leaders in corporations of any branches


1. Introduction to the psychology of peak performance

• Introduction to the training’s concept and first meditation
• The psychology of top performers
-> Is peak performance innate or learnable?
-> Objective criteria for performance at the world’s top
-> Psychological skills
• Growing mindset based on Carol Dweck
• Flow based on Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
• Psychological skills (Psychological Skill Training, PST)
• Mindfulness practice

2. Overcoming obstacles to peak performance

• Obstacles are the way (Stoicism)
• Mental biases and obstacles to peak performance
• Self-control and ego-depletion based on Roy F. Baumeister
• Rumination
• Inner monologues based on Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer
• Work with inner parts based on Richard Schwartz
• No time for meditation? The potential of pauses
• Mindfulness practice

3. Peak performance in everyday life

• Performance as a habit, habits based on Charles Duhig
• Processes vs. results (case study Michael Phelps)
• Decisions
• Mental practice and visualization
• Sustainable high performance and protection from burnout based on Arnold Bakker
• Integration of mindfulness and meditation into everyday life
• Mindfulness practice

”Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.”
Foto von Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi


well-thought out actions and better decisions

Enhanced self-perception and self-knowledge

Enhanced concentration skill, increased emotional intelligence and self-control

More efficient and creative problem-solving skills

Diverse “tool box” with techniques to refocus when stressed

Increased mental wellness, enhanced well-being and vitality



Stress or rather too much stress stunts the capability to work in the long run. Causes range from short-term deadlines over an excessive workload to a difficult workplace and many more. Staff and leaders working along the limit of their capacities risk becoming unable to work due to burnout. Foresightful staff invest in their mental resilience and capability beforehand and look for means and tools to handle stress or guard from it in advance.


In this three-day seminar participants will learn about the causes and effects of stress. They will be given techniques to regulate stress, which can be used at the right time, like a fire-extinguisher. The focus of this training is the prevention of “pointless” stress, which results in negatively minted thought patterns as well as on the development of hardiness or resilience in the face of challenges. Accompanied by two experienced trainers of psychology and management this seminar offers an opportunity to learn about concrete tools to deal with stress at the workplace and acting composed at work.

Suitable for staff and leader in corporations of any branches, 6-12 participants, 3 days

Regnerischer Himmel, Palmen biegen sich im stürmischen Wind


1. Mindfulness as a means against stress

• Introduction to the training’s concept
• Stress and eustress: Is stress something good or something bad?
• Stress and engagement at work based on the work-requirement-work-resource-model by Arnold Bakker and Eva Demerouti
• Causes of stress at the workplace
• Mindfulness as a means of coping with stress
• Breathing & Bodyscan meditation to regulate stress

2. Developing mental stress

• Getting to know one’s own resources and stressors
• Working with emotions
• Getting to know self-compassion based on Kristin Neff and Christoph Germer and using it
• Setting boundaries and keeping them
• Basics of resilience research and practice
• Mindfulness practice

3. Integrating mindfulness into everyday work

• Mindfulness and stress promoting thoughts
• Re-centering through short-term exercises during everyday life
• More mindful private life to strengthen work life and vice versa
• Work-free time-balance as a possible resource for resilience and success at work
• Understanding the importance of self-compassion for one’s own productivity
• Time and timing as sources of structure or stress
• Mindfulness practice

”A tree that is unbending is easily broken.”
Eine Frau im Sand in Kampfpose


Enhanced mental wellness, enhanced well-being and vitality as well as improved concentration skills

Improved regulation of emotions

Decreased experiences of stress and strengthened resilience

Techniques to handle stress and challenges at the workplace


Philipp Nowak

Aljoscha Dreisörner

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Aljoscha Dreisöner is writing his PhD on and teaching about happiness, mindfulness and self-compassion at Goethe university in Frankfurt. Beforehand he studied business at the university in Mannheim and cooperated with the center for emotional intelligence at Yale university on a study researching the effects of meditation on students. He teaches meditation classes to workers at the private college of Göttingen as well as at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Aljoscha Dreisöner writes about mindfulness on his blog and has been meditating in the Zen tradition for the past three years.

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