Caryn Wells is available for half or full-day presentations in:
- Mindful Leadership
- Self-Compassion for Leaders
- Self-Compassion and Mindfulness
- Compassionate Leadership
- Mindfulness for Educators
Full-day workshops to be scheduled- see Oakland University, under Search, type Mindfulness.
Her book, Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job, was published in March, 2016, by Rowman and Littlefield. A quote from her book explained, “Mindful leadership involves qualities of compassion, listening, being with, awareness, acceptance, trust, and patience- all strongly associated with emotional intelligence factors such as empathy and self-awareness” (p. 112).
Leaders are subject to the stress of leading complex organizations, whether in business, education, health occupations, or noncivilian roles. Providing leadership in a time of distraction, preoccupation, and what often feels like ‘24/7’ connectivity is challenging. Helping leaders to thrive on the job and learn resilience after setbacks is the essence of her book and workshops.
There are new metrics to define mindful leadership and they involve what Daniel Goleman referred to as “The hard case for soft skills” (2000, p. 100). These soft skills are the essence of mindful leadership where being emotionally connected to people and showing compassion helps to build community in the workforce. Mindful self-compassion as described by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer, is a means for building resilience and taking care of the self, rather than engaging with the voice of the inner critic, a voice that is often the default as people deal with stress and challenge.
To find out more about mindful leadership, mindful self-compassion, and how mindfulness practice can help you reduce stress and thrive on the job, or to inquire about a workshop or speaking engagement.
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Ph.D. - Michigan State University, Educational Administration; Cognate in Business Management.
Ed.S. - Central Michigan University, Educational Administration.
M. Ed. - Wayne State University, Guidance and Couseling.
A.B. - Eastern Michigan University, English Language and Literature.
Klocko, B.A., & Wells, C.M. (2015). Workload pressure of principals: A focus on renewal, support, and mindfulness. NASSP The Bulletin. 1-24. doi:10.1177/019263651561927
Wells, C.M. (2015). Conceptualizing mindful leadership: How the practice of mindfulness informs the practice of leading. Educational Leadership Review Doctoral Research, 2(1). 1-23
Wells, C.M., & Klocko, B.A. (2015). Can teacher leadership reduce principal stress? Journal of School Leadership, 25(2), 313-344.
Wells, C.M. (2013). Mindfulness is academia: Considerations for administrative preparation. Education Leadership Review, 14(3), 1-12.
Wells, C.M. (2013, Fall). Educational leaders describe a job too big for one: Stress reduction in the midst of leading. AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, 10(2), 32-45.
Wells, C.M. (2013). Principals responding to constant pressure: Finding a source of stress management. NASSP The Bulletin, XX(X), 1-15. doi: 10.1177/0192636543504453