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Participant Criteria

This page explains the ideal criteria for participants in the study in three categories. However, there is some flexibility with respect to meeting these ideals. If your experience does not exactly match these criteria, but you would like to participate in the study, please contact me.

1. Leadership

I. Current Leaders

Ideally, current leaders would meet the following criteria:

» Work in for-profit or not-for-profit organizations
» Have held a leadership position for at least 5 years
» Have had at least 3 employees who report directly to them and 8 employees who work in positions below theirs

In addition, the study seeks to enroll leaders with experience in one or more of the following categories:

II. Previous Leaders

Those who are not currently supervising others but who have previous experience that meets the above criteria include recent retirees, leaders who are between jobs or are presently not supervising others, those currently pursuing other interests or further education, and leaders currently working as teachers or leadership development coaches and consultants.

III. Boards of Directors

The study also seeks to enroll leaders with overall responsibility for directing both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

2. Mindfulness

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. Therefore the study seeks to enroll:

» Leaders who do or do not have a formal mindfulness practice

» Leaders who represent a diverse range of mindfulness practices within the study group

» Leaders who have practiced mindfulness for diverse lengths of time

If you practice mindfulness and chose to participate, you will be asked in the initial Participant's Questionnaire to specify the form or forms of mindfulness that you practice, and to estimate the number of years and approximate number of hours you have practiced mindfulness over those years.

3. Age

Participants in the study must be at least 35 years old, and ideally between the ages of 40-60, but there is no strict upper age limit for participants.

4. Education

There is no strict requirement for the level of education attained by participants.

5. Gender

Ideally the study group will be comprised of equal numbers of men and women leaders.

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