Dr Elizabeth King

Head of Program
Mental Health

Senior Lecturer

BSc, MBA, PhD, Macquarie University; Masters HRM (Coaching), University of Sydney; Mind Body Medicine (Professional Courses), Harvard University

email: e.king@nantien.edu.au
phone: +61 419 638 882

Dr Elizabeth King

Dr King focuses on the use of contemplative practice, wellness, mindfulness, and wisdom as a path to achieving positive leadership culture, and both personal and organisational health and performance. She has a keen interest in wise decision-making in our personal and professional lives, seeing this as a path to minimising anxiety and maximising wellbeing – for ourselves, our families, our workplaces, and the broader society.

Elizabeth’s PhD investigated the role of mindfulness in leadership performance in uncertain contexts, and published a competency matrix to guide both research and practice. Ethics, transparency, accountability, and social purpose are all themes that she believes are vital to integrate into education and leadership programmes.

Her coaching and healthcare work addresses the mental health consequences of lifestyle, illness, high achievement and workplace contexts, and that work has been undertaken in settings as broad as elite sports, government agencies, entrepreneurial start-ups and international corporations.


  • Head of Program, Mental Health, Nan Tien Institute
  • Senior Lecturer, Mental Health and Mindful Compassionate Leadership, Nan Tien Institute
  • Executive coach, mentor and leadership development trainer
  • Speaker on:
    • Navigating Uncertainty
    • Mindfulness at Work
    • Coaching for Wisdom
  • Lead researcher in international collaborative studies about “Mindful boards”, “Wise Organizations” and “Leaders at Sea”.
  • An Amazon best-selling author on mindfulness in the workplace


  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia
  • Alumni of Macquarie Business School
  • Alumni of University of Sydney
  • Alumni of Harvard University
  • Member of the Sydney University Coaching and Mentoring Association
  • Member of Kadampa Buddhist Centre
  • Member of the International Leadership Association
  • Member of the Academy of Management
  • Member of the European Group for Organizational Studies
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences

Selected Papers and Publications

Journal Articles

  • Badham, R & King, E 2021, ‘Mindfulness at work: a critical re-view’, Organizations, vol. 28, pp. 531-554.
  • Goldman Schuyler, K, Watson, LW & King, E 2021, ‘How generative mindfulness can contribute to inclusive workplaces’, Humanist Manag J, vol. 6, pp. 451-478.
  • King, E, Norbury, K & Rooney, D 2020, ‘Coaching for leadership wisdom’, Organizational Dynamics, vol. 51, no. 2, DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2020.100815.
  • King, E & Badham, R 2020, ‘The wheel of midnfulness: a generative framework for secon generation mindful leadership’, Mindfulness, vol. 11, pp. 166-176.
  • King, E & Badhma, R 2019, ‘Leadership in Uncertainty: The mindfulness solution’, Organizational Dynamics, vol. 48, no. 4, DOI: 10.1016/j.orgdyn.2018.08.005.
  • King, E & Haar, JM 2017, ‘Mindfulness and job performance: a study of Australian leaders’, Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, vol. 55, no. 3, pp. 298-319.
  • King, E & Nesbit, P 2015, ‘Collusion with denial: leadership development and its evaluation’, Journal of Management Development, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 134-152.

Books and Book Chapters

  • King, E, Norbury, K & Rooney, D 2021, ‘Systematic awareness coaching: film as a coaching tool for leadership development’, in W-A Smith, I Boniwell & S Green (eds.), Positive psychology coaching in the workplace, Springer, Cham.

Conference Papers

  • King, E 2021, ‘Mindful Board Assessment Survey’, Australasian Congress on Personality and Individual Differences Conferences, online,  3-4 December.
  • King, E & Murdoch, V 2021, ‘Mindful Board Assessment Survey (MBAS): A theoretically guided approach to understanding and developing board performance’, 37th EGOS Colloquium, Amsterdam (online), 8-10 July. 
  • King, E 2020, ‘Mindfulness at sea: a multi-modal study of an elite ocean racing crew’, 36th EGOS Colloquium, Hamburg (online), 2-4 July. 
  • King, E 2020, Navigating uncerainty”, International Leadership Association Global Conference, San Francisco (online), 5-8 November.
  • King, E 2018, ‘The wheel of mindfulness’, International Conference on Mindfulness, Amsterdam, 11-13 July.
  • King, E, Segal, S & Badham, R 2018, ‘Drifting: temporality, mindfulness and the lived experience of leadership research’, Tenth International Symposium on Process Organization Studies, 22-24 June.
  • King, E 2016, ‘Mindful leadership’, 8th Developing Leadership Capacity conference, Ashridge, 12-14 July.
  • King, E & Badham, R 2016, ‘Mindfulness at sea: a multi-modal study of an elite ocean racing crew’, 32nd EGOS Colloquium, Naples, 7-9 July. 
  • King, E 2014, ‘Diving through uncertainty: mindfulness and leadership in uncertain environments’, 28th Australia And New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Sydney, 3-5 December. 
  • King, E 2013, ‘Group-Based Leadership Development Using the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test: Benefits and Concerns’, 27th Australia And New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, Hobart, 4-6 December. 
  • King, E & Nesbit, P 2012, ‘Measuring the effectiveness of leadership development programs in dynamic environments’, Institute for Sustainable Leadership, 7th International symposium, Rome, 6-8 June.
  • King, E 2012, ‘Putting learning into practice: a qualitative analysis of the impact of a leadership development program’, Academic of Human Resource Development, Washington.
  • King, E 2011, ‘The nature of learning processes in executive education in high stress environments’, Second World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, 23-26 July. 


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