HDR Confirmation Presentation: Dirk Ulmcke

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HDR Confirmation Presentation: Dirk Ulmcke

Title: Through the lens of self-determination theory: the impact of mindfulness, meditation practice and health behaviour on transformational leadership


Mindfulness is defined as awareness of the present moment with an observing, non-judgemental stance. Meditation practice and health behaviour are thought to positively impact mindfulness and individual well-being. For the last two decades, organizations have started to implement mindfulness programs, and research shows emerging evidence that mindfulness has the potential to transform the workplace. However, there is still a paucity of studies investigating the influence of mindfulness on leaders and their leadership behaviours. Self-determination theory (SDT) conceptualizes basic psychological needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness as innate and essential for ongoing psychological growth, internalization, and well-being. The aim of the present research project is twofold: First, a quantitative study explores the relationships between mindfulness, meditation practice, health behaviour and transformational leadership. Second, a qualitative study utilizes SDT to explain the why and how of mindful leadership behaviour. The present research contributes to theory and practice by providing quantitative and qualitative evidence which adds to the fields of mindfulness and transformational leadership research, as well as to leader and leadership development programs.

We look forward to seeing you there

The Graduate Research Office (researchtraining@usc.edu.au)

* Please note: that Dirk will be delivering his presentation via zoom.


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