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.
Training in Mindfulness
Mindfulness Training – Updated 2020
Sabbatical- Winter Term 2013- Study of Mindfulness
Sabbatical- Fall Term 2019- Mindfulness, Work-related stress, Resilience, Lean Management and Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Restorative Practice
Published book: Mindfulness: How School Leaders Can Reduce Stress and Thrive on the Job (2016) This book was featured in Mindful Magazine, in August 2016, under their list of recommend reading, “Bookmark this Book.” It was also selected by Oakland University as one of two books that received the “Authors at Oakland” distinction, of the 132 books written by professors over a two-year period of time.
Professional Training in Mindfulness with Drs. Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, Rhinebeck, NY, 2011
11th Annual Scientific Conference in Mindfulness- Boston, MA-2013; Post conference one-day training with Dr. Saki Santorelli- Mindfulness
12th Annual Scientific Conference in Mindfulness- Boston, MA- 2014; Post conference in self-compassion with Dr. Christopher Germer- one day
Two Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses taught by Drs. Howard Schubiner and Ruth Lerman- (8 weeks, each)
Inner Strengths of Successful Leaders, Harvard University- Half of the training featured mindfulness, 2013
Mindful Self-Compassion training- with Drs. Chris Germer and Kristin Neff, - Joshua Tree, CA, 2014
Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Kristen Neff-, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015
Mindful Self-Compassion with Drs. Kristen Neff, Christopher Germer, and Steven Hickman, a UCSD advanced training in Self-Compassion, 2016
Mindful Self-Compassion Retreat- Petaluma, CA, 2017
Mindful Self Compassion for Adolescents- with Dr. Karen Bluth and Lorraine Hobbs, Whidbey Island, WA, 2017
Mindfulness for Educators, K-12 with Daniel Rechtschaffen- - Rhinebeck, NY, 2014
Mindfulness for Educators Part II, with Daniel Rechtschaffen, online program, 2017
Mindfulness Leadership Conference, Arlington, VA- Featuring Congressman Tim Ryan, Tara Brach; et al., Dan Goleman via video streaming. Additional training- one-day conference following summit with Fleet Maull- Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance, 2014
Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, sponsored by Google- a program about Mindfulness in the workplace. Detroit, MI. 2018
Mindful Leadership with Lovingkindness Retreat, with Janice Maturano, JD, and Sharon Salzberg, Lenox, MA, 2018
Trauma-Informed Mindfulness, with Trish Magyari, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2018.
Mindfulness & Trauma Conference, with Jon Kabat-Zinn, David Treleaven, Rhonda Magee, and Florence Meleo-Meyer. Sponsored by Brown University, Rhinebeck NY. Registered for conference. August, 2019.
Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness, with Dr. David Treleaven, Brown University. Online. 2019
Advance Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness with Dr. David Trealeaven, Brown Univeristy, Online. March 2020.
Numerous one-day retreats in Mindfulness
Reiki- Levels One and Two Beaumont Hospital Integrative Medicine
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