Ritchie-Dunham, James L. 2014. Mindful Leadership. In Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, and Ellen J. Langer (Eds.), The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness, Volume I, First Edition. John Wiley & Sons: Chichester.
Leaders face great uncertainty in addressing social change. Langer’s approach to mindfulness suggests three leverage points leaders can use to embrace this uncertainty. We use the case study method to show how these mindfulness insights were applied in four case studies of leadership. We use the mindfulness lens to diagnose each leadership situation and suggest a mindfulness solution. We translate the mindfulness solution into organization practices, which we use to resolve the four cases. These include the importance of new perspectives in an electric company, new categories in a school board, new information in a textile company, and the use of all three in a statewide project. Click on the article title or here to access the article.