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Compassionate Leadership: Why It Matters Now More Than Ever

  • 26 Oct 2021
  • 27 Oct 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • 26 Oct 2021, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • 27 Oct 2021, 1:00 PM 4:30 PM (EDT)
  • Webinar (EDT)


  • $980 plus applicable taxes
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  • $980 plus applicable taxes
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GPC, in partnership with the University of Guelph, presents this relevant and timely training for governance professionals. This program was developed by the University of Guelph.

Take the training and then take the challenge. Put your skills into action and earn a digital credential from the University of Guelph.

This unique learning experience led by a University of Guelph expert, offers a targeted interactive training session followed up with a skill recognition opportunity to earn a digital credential.

Session Description

In your unique position as a governance professional and leader, you continuously influence the work environment and culture of your board and your organization. But do you do this consciously or do you often find yourself on auto-pilot? Increase your day-to-day impact at work and contribute to the success of your workplace and your board as a compassionate leader. Imagine the creative possibilities if you could strategically foster conditions where board members and others in your workplace thrive, even in challenging times.

Compassionate leadership focuses on supporting people and enables you to successfully navigate challenging situations. In turn, this builds trust and enhances creativity, agility, and productivity in your workplace. In this session, you will explore the foundations and four key aspects of compassionate leadership, based on cutting-edge research in fields of neuroscience and positive psychology. You will also be equipped with skills and strategies to implement compassionate leadership.

Upon successful completion of both components of the training (virtual training session and independent online assessment), you will earn a digital badge in Compassionate Leadership.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the training, you should be able to:

  1. Identify and draw on your feelings when interacting with others, to build connections and demonstrate caring;
  2. Practice self-care and recognize how this is related to your ability to care for others;
  3. Recognize how your behaviour can activate particular neurologically-based responses in others, and vice-versa;
  4. Identify the key components of compassionate leadership and how to build a compassionate leadership practice;
  5. Attune to yourself, your environment, and people around you;
  6. Become aware of your own emotional triggers and patterns of judgment and how they impact your interactions with others;
  7. Apply a strategy of generosity to your interpretations of your environment and the behaviours of others;
  8. Identify the emotions you observe in yourself and others within your environment; and
  9. Identity and act to alleviate the social suffering of others around you, without taking that suffering onto yourself.

Intended Audience
Designed for those governance professionals in such positions as Corporate Secretary, Corporate and General Counsel, Manager Corporate Governance, VP/Director/Officer Compliance, Risk, Legal or Regulatory Affairs, Associate/Assistant Corporate Secretary and Board Administrator. This program is also crucial if you are a, CEO, CFO, Board Chair, Director or Committee Chair.

Program Agenda
Compassion and Compassionate Leadership
• Defining Compassion
• Exploring Self-Compassion
• The Science of Compassion
• Making the Case for Compassionate Leadership

The Four Components of Compassion
• Noticing
• Interpreting Generously
• Feeling Empathy and Concern
• Acting to Alleviate Suffering

Delivery Format
Part 1: Training Session
The training session will be delivered virtually, over 7 hours (with two 15-minute breaks and a lunch break). Sessions will include lectures and interactive small and large group activities and discussions to promote practice and reflection

Part 2: Skills-Based Assessment
Once you have taken the training, enroll in the Skills-Based Assessment. The Assessment is an extension of your learning where you can showcase your skills and earn digital credential from the University of Guelph. Evidence of skill attainment is demonstrated through a portfolio or scenario-based evaluation and includes completion of a reflective video or written component. Participants who successfully pass the assessment will earn a digital badge that can be shared on your social media networks and with your employer. The assessment will require approximately 8-12 hours of effort to complete.

Information on how to enroll to take the Skills-Based Assessment will be provided to you at the completion of the training component.

The skills-based assessment is included in the training price and is offered through Open Learning and Educational Support at the University of Guelph.

Linda Watt, M.A. 
Director, Learning and Development
University of Guelph

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