Why mindful & compassionate leadership?

This practical career development course is for professionals who are stepping up in their roles or seasoned middle managers looking to evolve their skills and capabilities. Across 6 weeks, you will learn mindfulness and compassion skills to develop life-long tools to support your development as a mindful, resilient and focused leader. You will also learn how to effectively self-resource to support your wellbeing - inside and outside the workplace. This course is designed to be delivered in-house and can be tailored to members of your organisation. 


How can I stay resilient and calm in a high-pressure environment? How can I lead and motivate a team who is also feeling worn out? What can I do now to prevent burnout in the future?

Workplaces are currently experiencing the highest rate of burnout in history. Based on numerous research studies into the benefits of compassion and mindfulness in leadership roles, this practical career development course will provide you with the opportunity to develop the qualities and skills you need to self-resource for the future.

Weekly interactive sessions are led by Breathworks teacher Annika Wager, an experienced Programme Manager with over 20 years of experience in the private and public sector. Annika will guide you through a foundation of tools and skills that can help you to become a more mindful and compassionate leader. From learning how to effectively pace your capacity to prevent overwhelm and burnout, to identifying different facets of emotional intelligence to build strong communication skills and leadership within a team.

What will I learn?

In this training, you will learn core mindfulness and compassion practices that will lay the foundations for managing teams in challenging and high stress environments.

By attending this course you will learn: 

  • Tools to self-resource: how to sustain yourself in the face of daily stressors and challenges
  • Learning to thrive rather than survive in fast-paced work environments
  • How to pace yourself and conserve energy
  • Harness and develop your emotional intelligence: how to form trust and respect with colleagues 
  • Enhance communication skills
  • Learning to respond rather than react in challenging situations (for better decision making)
  • Using the breath and body awareness to transform stress
  • How to harness your focus and concentration for more effective work

Who is this for?

Leaders and managers who want to learn mindfulness and compassion practices to enhance their leadership skills.

Course format

  • 12 hours of teacher led training, held over 6 sessions in-person or on Zoom
  • Digital resources provided in a virtual learning environment with lifetime access
  • Course topics:


    Session Focus

    Session 1

    Introduction to mindful awareness in leadership and the workplace.

    Session 2

    Working skilfully with thoughts.

    Session 3

    Mindful strategies to work with challenges.

    Session 4

    The value, challenges and cultivation of compassion in the workplace.

    Session 5

    Mindful communication.

    Session 6

    Recap, consolidation and looking ahead.

What you will get with the course

  • A balance of teaching, mindfulness practices, questions, reflection and discussion with other participants
  • Teaching and practices to take with you for a lifetime
  • An experienced mindfulness trainer and leadership coach to answer your questions and address difficulties every week 


“I have found this course hugely beneficial and it has enabled me to build mindful pauses into my day and feel calmer and more in control. I also am more present in meetings and with people that I manage. The techniques we learnt have real practical value and I have been using them to positive effect.”

- Course Participant, 2022

About the Trainer

Mindfulness in the Workplace Associate Annika - BreathworksAnnika Wager

Breathworks teacher Annika has been teaching mindfulness for 8 years. Her particular interest in relational mindfulness for leaders and career development stemmed from her own personal experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams and clients in a high-pressure role as a pan-European Programme Manager for 20 years.

Annika’s passion and commitment for integrating mindfulness into workplaces inspired her to co-design the Compassionate Leadership course. Through her teaching, she aims to pass on the skills that dramatically transformed her wellbeing; including learning how to manage stress and pressure when working in challenging environments, how to respond rather than react to unfolding situations and finding the headspace to lead and manage remote teams and improve team performance.

Annika works with individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors and has taught the workforce in the NHS, prisons, police departments and schools. 

Why Breathworks?

Breathworks has been teaching mindfulness and compassion for 20 years; our Mindfulness for Stress and Mindfulness for Pain Management courses have reached over 100,000 people including many health professionals in the NHS and care services. Breathworks’ resources have been endorsed by the British Medical Association and the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Our partners include Manchester Health & Care Commissioning and Manchester City Council, Barts Health, Royal Liverpool, Google, GSK, Deloitte, Accenture, Charity for Civil Servants and Macmillan Education.


To enquire about how this course can be tailored to your team and workplace, contact [email protected]