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Participation Information

Enrollment for the study is now closed


Study Overview

The purpose of the study is to understand how mindfulness - whether naturally occurring or deliberately cultivated - may help leaders be more effective in developing the social and emotional skills critical to effective leadership. The main outcome is to articulate the educational implications for leadership development training that incorporates mindfulness.

This study has two primary research goals. First, to describe potential associations between degree of mindfulness (in leaders with and without a regular mindfulness practice) and characteristics of normal personality and social/emotional traits and skills. Second, to describe how leaders self-assess and work with their inner and outer stresses, and their relationship-building strategies in light of that self-knowledge.

The study also includes some technical research goals related to designing future cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of mindfulness and leadership. If you are interested in these kinds of details, please contact me.

This study has four steps estimated to take 2 hours total to complete. For more detailed information than is presented below, please see the Participation Information page.

Step 1: Participation Questionnaire - 10 minutes

Step 2: Agreement to Participate, Confidentiality, and Withdrawal from the Study - 10 minutes

Step 3: Completion of 3 Assessment Instruments - 35 minutes, 15 minutes, and 10 minutes respectively

Step 4: Informational Questionnaire - 40 minutes

Optional Follow-up Interviews

Up to 12 study participants who express interest in further participation will have the option of participating in a follow-up interview of 1-1.5 hours in March or April 2008.


1. Study Participants will have a unique learning opportunity to gain self-knowledge about their personality and social/emotional traits and skills, their current degree of mindfulness, and the potential effects of mindfulness for enhancing specific emotion-related leadership abilities. Enrolled participants will receive information about a variety of reports of their individual results that will be available to them. General information about these reports is included on the Frequently Asked Questions page. Detailed information about these reports will be available when participants complete the three assessments described on the Participation Information page.

2. Leadership Research: This study will be the first to describe the potential effects of mindfulness on the development of social and emotional skills in the context of adult development theory. It will also provide variability data for designing future studies of mindfulness, leadership, and social/emotional development in adult life.

3. Educational Implications: Documenting how leaders understand and cope with the stresses of leading and how they build effective relationships will be important for designing leadership development training programs focused on social and emotional skills, and for leadership coaches seeking effective self-management techniques and relationship building strategies to offer to their clients.

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