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The Resilient Leader

The Mindfulness-Emotional Intelligence Connection

THIS IS A ONE-DAY PROGRAM for business executives and nonprofit leaders. 

As one rises in the hierarchy, the consequences of leadership decisions escalate and the demands on one’s time intensify. Leadership has many rewards but is inherently stressful. Stress is not necessarily harmful, but unmanaged stress impedes the quality of decisions, one’s ability to solve problems creatively, and erodes health and well-being.

Resilient people possess a combination of physical, emotional, spiritual, and cognitive skills that enable them to deal successfully with stressful events. Such people remain calm during change, think more clearly, make decisions better, and choose responses to challenges that reflect compassion and wisdom.

Richard McKnight’s personal optimization model will heavily influence the course. This model observes that, in the face of stress, leader has three choices: to function as an angry or helpless Victim, as a grimly determined Survivor, or as a mindful, emotionally intelligent Navigator. Participants will receive a copy of McKnight’s book, Victim, Survivor, or Navigator: Choosing a Response to Workplace Change.


  • What is resilience and what do we know about it? 
  • Defining emotional intelligence and mindfulness and how they increase personal resilience
  • Mindfulness Training, I
  • Three mindsets of a leader: Victim, Survivor, Navigator
  • Optimal Stress Inventory
  • Emotional Intelligence feedback
  • Mindfulness Training, II


  • Using one’s Life Orientation and to predict stress and enhance resilience
  • Politics in the workplace: Being “Unconditionally Constructive” (Lessons from the Harvard Negotiation Project) 
  • Fostering resilience through mindfulness: A review of Google’s and other programs
  • Developing a resilience practice
  • Mindfulness Training, III

Can be conducted in-house. One-day and one-half day versions available.

Conducted by Richard McKnight and Curt Woolford