GW Academic Leaders Portal

While much of the work that you do is unique to your school, this site serves as a central resource to save you time. Because you have a critical role that requires you to access both school-specific and university-wide information, this site has been designed provide you with links to as many relevant resources as possible.

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Learn Now Guides: Professional Development When You Want It

View all Learn Now GuidesFrom the Center for Creative leadership (CCL), we recommend academic leaders follow the 70-20-10 rule when it comes to professional development. The Learn Now Guides are organized applying this framework:

  • Challenging assignments and learning from experiences (70%)
  • Developmental relationships and learning from others (20%)
  • Reading, coursework and training (10%)

Use these at your convenience. 

Your Wellbeing Matters

What we do and don't know about kindness

In recent years, psychologists have gained a deeper understanding of human kindness and its benefits, but as Claudia Hammond writes, there's still so much to explore.

How Leaders Get Through Tough Times

The answer is building resilience, the ability to cope, adapt, and persevere during challenging and stressful times. Based on our own experiences and the observations of others, we offer six resilience building strategies for direct and indirect leadership in higher education.

A neuroscientist shares the 6 exercises she does every day to build resilience and mental strength

Read for inspiration six daily exercises you can use to build resilience and mental strength.

Beating Burnout at Work

A first-of-its-kind, science-backed toolkit takes a holistic approach to burnout prevention by helping individuals, teams, and leaders build resilience and thrive at work.

Protecting Your Mental Health at Work

This is an episode from the Wharton Leading Diversity at Work podcast series -- if focuses on how to champion mental health and well-being in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Go from "mind full" to mindful with free access to Headspace

Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use. The app builds personalized plans based on a little input from you. You can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

What Is Psychological Safety at Work?

According to Dr. Timothy Clark, author of The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety: Defining the Path to Inclusion and Innovation, employees have to progress through the following 4 stages before they feel free to make valuable contributions and challenge the status quo.

5 Differences Between Mindfulness and Meditation

While mindfulness and meditation are interrelated, they are not the same. A basic understanding of the difference between these two concepts can help you to carve out a practice that meets your needs.

This is how to motivate yourself when you don’t feel like exercising

Working from home, or not being able to work at all, can sap our desire to exercise. This 114-second video shows how to use a single word to reframe your thinking and get off your chair! 

Practical Tips: Caring For Your and Your Team’s Wellbeing

 Michelle McQuaid, wellbeing expert and best-selling author, who translates cutting-edge research in positive psychology and neuroscience into practical actions.

The PERMA model: Strategies for promoting workplace flourishing

Workplace happiness and well-being have received increasing attention, as organizations strive to address the challenges associated with employee stress and burnout. Universities are dedicated to creating positive workplace cultures that support the well-being of the faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars.

The Science of Helping Out

The Science of Helping Out: During a crisis, the people who cope best are those who help others.

Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt

This podcast gives us a local view of COVID-19 by hearing from Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director of the D.C. Department of Health. As one of the key decision-makers in reopening the District she shares what metrics the D.C. government is basing this decision on. Hosted by Frank Sesno, Healthy You: Surviving a Pandemic is a co-production of GWSPH and GWSMPA.

Laughter Will Keep Your Team Connected — Even While You’re Apart

So much of our wellbeing, and by extension what makes us productive, is predicated on physical proximity, that the removal of that proximity for any period of time can be severely damaging.  One surprising casualty of social distancing?  Laughter.

People Don’t Have to Succumb to Anxiety during This Pandemic

That emotion is natural in a situation like this, but there are ways to mitigate it

5 Ways to Be a More Resilient Leader

Leaders need the emotional and physical resilience to manage through change and respond to critical incidents; yet, it is the everyday challenges that tap their emotions, drain their energy and redirect their attention.  

Advice for Faculty Members in a Turbulent Time

Mindi Thompson gives some practical advice that leaders can use to support faculty (and themselves) as it relates to physical and mental health and wellness.

Good Work For Well-Being by Dan Goleman

Would you say you are generally happy? If so, would you say you have “well-being”?  More to the point, are happiness and well-being the same? Learn what these questions might mean for you.

A Beginners Guide to Mindfulness in Academia

The term “mindfulness” has been increasingly thrown around in recent years. It get attached to everything from meditation to work life balance to self-care. But what does mindfulness actually mean? How do you put it into practice?