Mindful and Compassionate Leadership

Subject Overview

This course will empower you to develop a mindful and compassionate approach to leadership that is responsive to contemporary issues and challenges. Through the exploration of personal beliefs, values and strengths, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of what it means to lead in this changing, modern world. Drawing on contemporary insights from neuroscience, behavioural science, leadership studies and the wisdom traditions, you will develop a leadership approach underpinned by emotional intelligence, mindful presence, restorative conversation, and the logic of compassion. Through practice, reflection, discussion and role-play you will develop a deep understanding of western and eastern approaches to leadership and a personal leadership vision. This course will be of great value to leaders and managers in all fields who aspire to lead more mindfully and compassionately. You will come to understand and practise ethical relational responsibility, lead in ways that develop trust and a sense of safety in you, the leader, and your organisation. The skills and understanding that you deepen through this course will enhance your personal life and relationships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Comparatively, analyze western and eastern leadership styles
  • Understand the logic of compassion and the ethics of relational responsibility
  • Employ skillful action, reflection, and mindful contemplation to continuously develop as a leader
  • Assess situations accurately, including crises, and make appropriate decisions to foster beneficial outcomes for themselves, others, and the common good.

Subject Structure

This subject runs for 5 weeks (including 5 days on-campus), via our online learning platform NTiLearn and includes broad topic areas such as:

  • Western and Eastern leadership styles
  • The psychology of leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Circle of safety
  • Unconscious bias
  • Deep listening
  • Perspective-taking capacity
  • Restorative practice
  • Organisational trauma

Lecturer: TBC
Census Date:  19 July
Duration: 5 Weeks
Delivery: On campus



Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering studies in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing, within an environment that incorporates contemplative education.

NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism, and Mental Health as well as customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.