Mindful Leadership for Women - Jo Alcock Consulting
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Mindful Leadership for Women

“Our mission with the Mindful Leadership for Women programme is to enable women to
take their place as wholehearted leaders, empowered by a shared understanding that true
power lies not in our ability to control others, but in our ability to inspire them.”
(Sarah Durrant & Jo Alcock, programme creators and facilitators)


We’re so glad you’re here. We are honoured and excited to be sharing initial details of our new Mindful Leadership for Women programme with you*.

Why this programme now?

Over the past 18 months we have been speaking with like-minded, like-hearted women working in libraries, in academic and professional publishing, publishing technology and intermediary organisations, and in common with so many of our colleagues, men and women, we’ve concluded there is a huge untapped opportunity for women to step into more empowered, fulfilling and effective leadership roles and responsibilities within our sector.

The latest research agrees that top-down, command-and-control leadership models, which emerged and evolved during the industrial revolution, are no longer relevant or fit for purpose. Modern, knowledge-based, service-oriented organisations, such as those in the research information sector, face very different opportunities and challenges which call for very different leadership skills, qualities and abilities.

Through the Mindful Leadership for Women programme, our overarching goal is to build awareness and share practices, knowledge and skills which enable women in our sector to excel and the organisations they work within to thrive and flourish.

Wholehearted leadership

Through this programme we are seeking to foster and develop a more balanced and authentic approach to leadership, one that utilises and values our logic, daring, resilience, assertiveness and decisiveness, but also calls forward our vulnerability, empathy, creativity, humility, openness and our ability to foster trust, connection and collaboration with others.

Course creators & facilitators

What’s on offer?

We are planning a series of fully-facilitated courses to be made available during the period 2018-2020. Topics are likely to include:

  • Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
  • Authentic Leadership
  • Exploring our Strengths
  • Leading from our Values
  • Cultivating Resilience
  • Modelling Mindful Leadership in the Workplace

The Mindful Leadership for Women programme will be delivered online in the first instance to help us meet the international interest we have had in this work. We also see huge value in working in international groups as these will enable us to share experiences and learn from colleagues in a range of situations and cultures.

We would love to work with you through the whole programme, and we understand each person will have different learning and development needs. For this reason the programme will be available as a series of fully-facilitated short courses, enabling you to tailor your learning and development journey with us as the programme unfolds.

How we will learn

  • We will offer a rich mix of learning modalities including: live webinars, weekly buddying, coaching, and ‘homework’ plus further exploration of key themes and topics through reading materials, expert interviews, meditation practices, TED Talks, poems, and more.
  • Our emphasis throughout will be on sharing highly practical knowledge, skills, models and practices which will empower and transform you from the inside out, and provide you with practical take-aways you can work with immediately.
  • We will draw on the latest research in psychology, leadership, neuroscience, behavioural science, and self-compassion and mindfulness research and practices.
  • The course will be highly experiential and we are committed to creating a learning environment which is deeply connecting, empowering, nourishing and supportive for the women attending.
  • We are also looking to encourage colleagues beyond the course by assisting them to create on-going communities of support and practice.

Benefits to you

The Mindful Leadership for Women programme will develop you as a leader in the workplace and in your wider life enhancing vital skills, qualities and attributes including:

  • self-awareness, mindfulness and self-management
  • compassion for yourself and others
  • personal authority and inner confidence
  • knowledge of, and confidence to lead from, your highest values
  • authenticity, openness and trust
  • confident modelling of your vulnerability, humility, intuition and empathy
  • resilience, resourcefulness and flexibility
  • ability to foster collaboration, creativity, innovation and risk-taking
  • deep listening and inclusivity
  • your ability to foster connection, engagement and well-being in the workplace

Benefits to your organisation

The Mindful Leadership for Women programme is designed to benefit workplaces in many ways, including:

  • developing confident, flexible and resilient staff capable of leading from any position
  • fostering the deep levels of trust and engagement which enable the creativity, risk-taking, willingness to fail and innovation vital to organisations in our sector
  • empowering women in your workforce to take the lead in a way that is authentic to them
  • fostering emotional intelligence in your staff – a critical skill in our increasingly relational workplaces
  • enhancing in all staff a greater sense of connection, fulfillment and well-being
  • empowering leaders to model mindful leadership which is proven to encourage greater focus, collaboration, creativity and compassion within individuals and teams
  • enhancing leaders’ awareness of strengths and values, empowering them to call forward the best qualities in all staff

A few words about mindfulness

As part of our vision for this programme, we have been inspired by Janice Marturano’s definition^ of a mindful leader as someone who leads with clarity, focus, creativity and compassion in the service of others, and this ethos will inform each of the courses in the programme. Through sharing the latest in mindfulness research and practice, we will help those on the programme transform the exhausting, unfulfilling ‘norm’ of juggling a frantically busy schedule of emails, meetings and phone-calls, empowering them instead to:

  • pause whenever they choose during their day and create a sense of spaciousness, well-being and ease
  • approach meetings and tasks with a greater sense of clarity and focus
  • navigate their working – and wider – lives from a place of creativity, resourcefulness and connection with their deepest values

(^cited in her book Finding the Space to Lead)

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome – Online Course

Our first online course on this programme will be on the topic of Overcoming Imposter Syndrome and will run in November-December 2017. In this course we will focus on Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: what it is, how it operates, why it is more prevalent for women, how to recognise ‘imposter symptoms’, and what we can do to mindfully and compassionately overcome this pernicious phenomenon in ourselves and those we lead.

In common with all courses within the programme, it will feature weekly live webinars which will take place on Tuesdays (4pm-5:15pm UK time on the 14th Nov, 21st Nov, 28th Nov, 5th Dec). It will also include weekly reflection, practical applications, peer learning, and coaching opportunities.

To book your place on the course, please visit the Overcoming Imposter Syndrome Booking Form.

Keeping informed

If you would like to be kept informed of this exciting professional development opportunity, please complete the form to subscribe to our Mindful Leadership for Women mailing list. We will only send emails of relevance to the Mindful Leadership for Women Programme and will not pass your details to anyone else.


[*] We fully recognise that men would benefit from this programme and in time we plan to extend this learning and development opportunity to men as well. In the first instance however we wish to establish this course amongst women who are still significantly under-represented at senior levels across the research and professional information sector.