Mindfulness as a Leadership Practice

A one-day professional development course.

In this workshop, leaders will have the opportunity to learn the practice of mindfulness, the power of being present and open, working with creativity, challenges and fear in a positive and effective way. The following topics will also be covered:

  • Working with uncertainty, complexity and negativity
  • Balancing fearlessness and confidence with vulnerability and openness
  • The practice of deep listening and hosting our own experiences
  • Working with inner and outer conflicts
  • Real humour – going beyond cynicism and defensiveness
  • Individual and collective decision-making

Mindfulness is the core practice that provides a foundation for all the other leadership principles, qualities and methods. It can connect us directly to our inherent sanity, confidence, humour and openness.

Whatever is authentic and true within each of us is the basis for genuine leadership. By consciously embodying that authenticity, by being decisive, nurturing, honest, and insightful, we can create a powerful and safe space for real communication to take place, and for others to grow and develop as leaders.


Alan Sloan is a founding member of the ALIA community, and a core faculty member since 2006, teaching mindfulness at the Institute’s summer programs, and co-facilitating the Pathways certificate course. Alan has been an authorized mindfulness instructor within the Shambhala tradition since 1975, and has taught extensively in Canada, the United States, England, France and New Zealand. He is a leadership coach and facilitator in Halifax with a wealth of experience in community and organizational development, leading retreats and workshops on Asset-Based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, and the Art of Hosting Meaningful Conversations. In July 2010, Alan released a DVD and booklet on mindfulness and self-care entitled, Gentle Heart – Fearless Mind, published by Inclusion Press.

Workshop schedule: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM – Friday, December 3. There will be nutrition breaks in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon. A light lunch will be served at 12:00 noon.

Location: Multipurpose Room at The Waegwoltic Club, 6549 Coburg Road, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Cost: $195. Register

For further information, please contact Julia Howell at ALIA, (902) 425-0492 ext 221 or

Please note: This workshop will be videotaped and included as part of an ALIA DVD on mindfulness practice. If you would prefer not to be videotaped, kindly indicate this on your registration page. Thank you.