Recent research in the fields of neuroscience and emotional intelligence point to the importance of authenticity, self-awareness, and interpersonal awareness for effective leadership. However, development of these qualities in leaders has been elusive and difficult to achieve through conventional means. Contemplative practices such as meditation, reflective inquiry, mindful dialogue, and various embodiment disciplines offer specific methods for cultivating awareness and have the potential to be very beneficial for leaders — especially when they are facing challenging workplace situations. Naropa University’s Authentic Leadership certificate program has been offering instruction in a variety of contemplative practices to leaders over the last 12 years. In this interactive workshop, we will explore current challenges facing leaders in business, education, and nonprofit sectors, and experience some of the contemplative practices and methods that are offered in the Authentic Leadership certificate program.