The Changing Shape of Leadership

ALIA is coming to San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver this fall. We hope you can join us for a one-day immersion in the skills and practice of “wise action.”

What do we mean by wise action? As leaders, change agents, and innovators, our actions are often driven by external pressures and the internal momentum of what we’ve done before. We think we understand the problem, and we move quickly to gather resources, take action, and achieve results. In the past, this style of leadership was often effective and rewarded. In situations that are ever-changing and complex, a new kind of leadership is called for—one that responds to the non-linear demands of our time.

“Wise action” is about stepping back in order to step forward with greater clarity and accuracy. We make it a practice to engage situations with curiosity and mindfulness, and with our intuitive sense of knowing “switched on.” We test assumptions, pay attention to timing, and then act decisively when the moment is right.

In this one-day workshop we will take mindfulness into leadership and action through big-brush calligraphy, dialogue, and application to your current project. Through hands-on exercises you will

  • Learn and apply a five-step model of wise action.
  • Experiment with a simple mindfulness practice that you can continue at home and bring “into action” in your workplace.
  • Fine-tune your sense of timing.
  • Deepen your leadership presence and capacity.
  • Bring greater precision, focus, power, and impact into your actions.
  • Strengthen your ability to work effectively in environments of high stress and high complexity. 

Your Guides

Barbara BashBarbara Bash is a calligrapher, book illustrator, and creative process teacher who uses Big Brush calligraphy to demonstrate the principles of authentic leadership in action.


ChenderresizedMichael Chender is the founding chair of the ALIA Institute, a former business leader, and a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala tradition.


Lyn Hartley2Lyn Hartley is a facilitator and organizational development specialist who works with governments and communities across the Canadian North.


Dates, Locations, Registration

All workshops are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and include lunch.  For more information contact us at

The workshop fee is $195.

San Francisco. Sun., October 20. Aikido of Tamilpais, 142 Redwood Ave., Corte Madera. Register here.

Seattle. Tues., October 22. iLEAP, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite #400. Register here.

Vancouver. Thurs., October 24. Centre for Peace, 1825 West 16th Ave.  Register here.

ALIA West is a regional network of leaders, educators, and innovators who are bringing the practices and principles of authentic leadership and “wise action” into their work. The core organizing team for the Wise Action workshops: Steve Byers, Maria Hudspith, Charles McCaffree, Sydney Munger, JoAnn Schindler.

For more information about ALIA and its programs, follow the links on this page.

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