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

How to Leverage Emotional, Social, and Cultural Intelligence to Enhance Professional Lives

Understanding Mindfulness and Emotional, Social, and Cultural Intelligence.

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

GW has made this app available to faculty and staff to find calmness, wellness, and balance. You can learn the essentials of meditation and build from there.

Why a Psychologically Safe Work Environment Matters & How to Foster It

Research has repeatedly found that organizations benefit from diversity of thought, and groups of people with different life experiences are better able to recognize problems and offer up creative solutions than groups with similar life experiences.

Feeling Engaged and Energized: Rising Above Burnout

From a recent NCFDD newsletter, "Many of us have experiences of burnout periodically in our careers both as students and as faculty." This article gives you tips if you are experiencing burnout.

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.

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.

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.

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! 

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.

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?