1st Edition

Mindfulness and Business Education Developing self-aware future leaders – A practical guide

By Christine Rivers Copyright 2025
    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    170 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mindfulness and Business Education – Developing self-aware future leaders, is a practical guide for educators and academics with teaching responsibilities in business schools or colleges. Business schools have a responsibility to equip future leaders with the right knowledge and right skills to make right decisions particularly in times of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. This responsibility can only be met if business schools change the way they teach and develop self-aware future leaders grounded in the foundations of mindfulness.

    The book is divided into three parts: Why, What and How. Part one Why introduces the foundations of mindfulness, draws on history of business school development, and discusses leadership approaches presently taught in business schools. Part two What discusses ways of measuring mindfulness, the need for training business educators as mindfulness facilitators and its contextualisation in contemporary business topics such as wellbeing, sustainability, diversity, and artificial intelligence. Part three How provides cases studies and scripted resources for immediate use and implementation in extra-curricular or co-curricular activities, to design mindfulness-based modules and courses, to introduce mindfulness coaching as part of pastoral care and staff development and to develop mindfulness-driven business education strategies.

    This is an ideal book for those in business education looking to use mindfulness in the way they develop future managers and leaders.

    Introduction to the book  PART I – Why mindfulness and business education?  Chapter 1: Mindfulness – Friend or Enemy?  Chapter 2: The marriage of mindfulness and business education – Pin Stripe Suit and Jogging Bottoms?  PART II – What to consider in the marriage of mindfulness and business education?  Chapter 3:  Purpose, Measuring and Pedagogy  Chapter 4: Contextualising mindfulness and contemporary business topics  PART III – How to bring mindfulness and business education to live?  Chapter 5: Mindfulness as extra-curricular activity  Chapter 6: Embedding Mindfulness at programme/ course level  Chapter 7: Embedding mindfulness at module level and for assessment   Chapter 8: Mindfulness Coaching and Business Education  Chapter 9: Mindfulness driven Business Education Strategy  


     Christine Rivers is Professor of Mindfulness and Business Education at Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK.

    "Leadership has become a critical aspect of not only professional development, but human development, which is why mindfulness has become fundamental to leadership’s ability to make a meaningful, sustainable impact in business. Mindfulness and Business Education will no doubt become an invaluable resource for business leaders seeking to unlock a deeper sense of motivation, inspiration, and connection with not only their work, but themselves."

    Anita Mendiratta, Special Advisor to the Secretary General – UN Tourism

    "Essential reading for anyone who would like to know how to bring mindfulness practices into management learning and education, build ‘awareness intelligence’, and unlock untapped potential in the next generation of self-aware and responsible leaders and managers."

    Eugene Sadler-Smith, Professor of Organizational Behaviour, University of Surrey, UK