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Mindfulness-Based Leadership Development (MBLD) courses

Mindfulness-Based Leadership Development (MBLD)



Research at the Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU has a strong focus on studying the role of mindfulness in leadership. Drawing on both this research and leadership research and theory, Mindfulness-Based Leadership Development (MBLD) introduces participants to formal and informal mindfulness practices targeted specifically at the challenges and opportunities of leading in organizations. Building on research on the personal and interpersonal effects of mindfulness, this course teaches participants mindfulness-based skills for leading self, others, diverse teams, and changing organizations through enhanced self-regulation, goal setting, decision making, and interpersonal skills. An important principle of this course is that sustainable and effective leadership requires dynamically balancing various perspectives, decisions, and actions.  Mindfulness practice helps achieve this dynamic balance.


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Course Dates & Times



Dates / Times



MBLD Spring 2018 Course 1


Mar 7, 14, 21, 28, Apr 4, 11
- 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Mar 24 (Sat) (Day of Mindfulness)
- 10:00am - 3:00pm

SMU Campus, Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Map (Building #2)

Jochen Reb


Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU may have to cancel a course if not enough participants sign up. Cancellations will be announced as soon as a cancellation decision has been made and can be made up until the day before the course starts. In case of cancellation, a full refund of the course fee will be given.

SMU is conveniently located in the city centre and easily accessible via public transportation (e.g., MRT stations Bras Basah, City Hall, and Dhoby Ghaut). In case you intend to arrive by car, feel free to contact us about car parking options at SMU (


Is This Course For You?

The course is open to the general public and invites individuals who hold are engaged in leading or hold leadership roles at any level in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations. The course is for any leader who would like to integrate mindfulness into their leadership behaviour and style in order to lead more effectively, authentically, and value-based. No prior knowledge or, or experience with, mindfulness practices is required. 

In case you have any acute or chronic mental or physical illness, you are required to approach Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU ( to arrange a conversation with your course instructor (via email, phone, or face-to-face) to determine whether this course is suitable for you. Instructors may, at their discretion, not accept individuals into the course. In such cases, a full refund of the course fee will be given.


Course Format

The course consists of 6 weekly evening sessions of about 2 hours each. The sessions consist of guided mindfulness practises (including gentle mindful movements), instructor-led mindful enquiry, group sharing, and a limited amount of instructor presentations. In addition to attending weekly sessions regularly, participants are encouraged to engage in regular formal and informal home practices of about 15-30 minutes daily. There is also a Day of Mindfulness on Saturday between Sessions 4 and 5. Participants will be provided with course materials such as audio-guided mindfulness practices (included in the course fee). 


Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will have had the opportunity to learn the following.

  • Learn about what mindfulness is, including the relevance of attention, intention, and attitudes of mindfulness for leading self, others, teams, and organizations

  • Experience a variety of formal and informal mindfulness practices to enhance leadership skills, increase self- and situational awareness, promote well-being and resilience, increase focus, improve attentional and emotional intelligence, and strengthen interpersonal skills

  • Develop mindfulness-based strategies for balanced and purposeful leadership, strategic and value-based decision making, greater authenticity,  and positive interpersonal relations, as well as develop a personal practice of mindfulness to support these strategies



The fee for this course is $595 (usual price $895, inclusive of GST). It is payable via credit card at the time of registration.

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Reduced fees are available for SMU students, staff, and faculty. If this applies to you, please contact us at for more information.


SkillsFuture Credit Eligible

This programme is approved for claim under the WDA SkillsFuture Credit subsidy scheme subject to all eligibility criteria being met. Click here for more details. If you would like to use SkillsFuture Credit to pay for the course, please contact us at


Refund policy. All cancellation must be received in writing. A refund of the course fee minus administrative charges of $50 will be given if you withdraw in writing (email to 1 week before the first course session.



For more information on mindfulness, feel free to visit the following websites:

UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness MBSR

University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness 

(Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU does not take any responsibility for links to external websites.)

Recommended book:

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness.


Research Participation

Mindfulness Initiative @ SMU faculty are actively engaged in various research projects on mindfulness. As a course participant, you may be invited to participate in research. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, research participation is not required to sign up for a course. However, participating in available research would certainly be greatly appreciated. Moreover, partial course fee refunds, depending on the intensity of the research, will often be offered. All research will have been reviewed and approved by SMU’s Institutional Review Board.  



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Last updated on 12 Feb 2018 .