The leadership challenge


We’ve never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex environment for leaders. To thrive as a leader in the 21st-century requires unprecedented leadership capacity and delivery.   Mindfulness training can provide a foundation for a new model of leadership bringing benefits at the physical, emotional and cognitive levels as well as enhancing motivation and vision.  




Many leaders are struggling in the face of today’s challenges, with studies showing that Mindset Failure is the key reason that leaders fail: Mindset Failure (n). The gap between a leader’s Mental Complexity and Emotional Intelligence – and the environment they lead in. A perfect storm of increasing complexity, accelerating change, and constant uncertainty is upon on us…and it’s here to stay! Everything is interconnected. The world needs leaders who can deal with constant ambiguity, notice the key patterns amongst the noise, and look at the world through multiple stakeholder perspectives.



A new model of leadership 

To develop and embody these leadership qualities, a new model of learning called Vertical Development has been identified by Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge as:


The #1 leadership challenge needed globally for the next ten years.


What is vertical development?

Vertical Development is the emerging area of leadership training. It is being used in a growing number of leading organisations as well as by Olympic and professional athletes: 

Vertical vs Horizontal




What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018