Nicholas Janni’s award winning book ‘Leader as Healer’, powerfully supports coaches and supervisors’ work with leaders. CSA trained supervisors support the development of this level of ‘holistic intelligence’, in their work with leaders and coaches:
‘We need to reintegrate our physical, emotional, and transpersonal natures back into our work lives…
To face the scope and threats of 21st-century challenges, today’s leaders must possess potent powers for logic, reason, discernment, and strategic forecasting. Yet, they must also be empathic and therefore embodied; grounded and therefore intuitive. They must be skilled in mindfulness and deep listening; present and receptive to higher levels of insight and innovation; able to inspire authentic engagement and collaboration; and possess a clear and wholehearted sense of service, mission, and purpose.
Leadership development must therefore at a minimum embrace the following key strands:
It is no secret that great ideas coming during physical activity, from cardio to yoga. Practicing this embodiment three to four times a week, even just a walk in nature, can quite literally bring you back to your senses. Making time in the week to pay attention to your sense of physicality will help you strengthen your presence and intuition. Do this as much as possible – before and after zoom meetings for instance. You will feel and come over as much more Present
Stifling emotions at work is creating unpredictable behaviour and negatively impacts on productivity. We need to understand that there is no such a thing as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ emotion, and we don’t need to ‘fix it’. Create safe circumstances with colleagues to acknowledge emotions at work, be that fear, sadness, anger, or joy.
Practicing mindfulness throughout the day expands one’s bandwidth of perception and deepens the capacity for embodied presence. You can use sensations of breathing and your feet touching the ground to as inner anchors of attention. Mindfulness is about learning to pay inner and outer attention at the same time. As you apply this practice, you will notice how much more present you feel and how much better you listen.’
Edna Murdoch, August 2023
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