Compassion Lab: Cultivating Compassionate Leadership
Compassionate leadership is not a ‘soft’ ideological approach: compassionate leadership creates an environment where bullying is rare and where learning and quality improvement are the norm.
Compassionate leadership is fundamental to high-quality, high-performing systems and drives improvement in performance. In healthcare this translates to better patient outcomes, better population health and better value for money.
Learning how to be more compassionate is not quick process. Much of the time we are reacting from a fight/flight/freeze response. Neuroscience has helped us to understand just how limiting this can be. Our hearing is impaired when we are stressed, our heart rate increases, we become cognitively fuzzy and we develop a pattern of scanning for threat.
In this Lab we will incorporate experiential and embodied learning all underpinned by the science of mind. You can be sure there will lots of space for lightheartedness and laughter as we learn more about our compassionate selves.
Participants will learn:
- a short introduction to mindfulness practice
- how to breathe more purposefully to calm their mind and body
- how to cultivate compassion for the self and other
- how leading with compassion creates safe working spaces that build co-operation and trust.
Mary has contributed to Australia’s national health and social care reform agenda through her work with state and commonwealth agencies.
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