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"A thought provoking, practical, accessible guide on how to use your body to develop authority, presence and impact as a leader."
Leaders don't just need to know about leadership — leaders need to embody the capacity to lead in the midst of ambiguity and complexity. Developed by the Strozzi Institute in Northern California, the concept of embodied leadership is derived from somatic coaching, a unique approach that brings the body forward as an advocate in creating a place for change and transformation. It brings together language, action, feeling and meaning and is based on the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked: to ...
Leaders don't just need to know about leadership — leaders need to embody the capacity to lead in the midst of ambiguity and complexity. Developed by the Strozzi Institute in Northern California, the concept of embodied leadership is derived from somatic coaching, a unique approach that brings the body forward as an advocate in creating a place for change and transformation. It brings together language, action, feeling and meaning and is based on the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked: to develop one, a person must cultivate the other.
Embodied Leadership deconstructs the current thinking about the body using key discoveries in neuroscience to explore a different way of seeing the body and the way it relates to the mind. There are practical exercises throughout to develop embodied leadership skills and personal development and to demonstrate the uses and benefits of a somatic approach, particularity in the area of emotional intelligence.
"This book offers refreshingly practical ideas for everyone wanting to develop their leadership skills. It takes deliberate practice, but building on the principles of embodied leadership it opens our eyes to how much choice we actually have when we don't let our past determine our behavior, and hence our potential at work." —Eeva Sipila, CFO, Cargotec Corporation
"A thoroughly insightful and fresh perspective on leadership which makes a compelling case for a different approach." —Melanie Richards, Partner, KPMG
Part One Setting the foundations
01 What do we mean by leadership anyway?
Leadership: the leaders
Leadership: the position
Leadership: actions and behaviours
Leadership: the results
Leadership: an integration
02 How do I get better at it?
What are you practising?
Embodiment and mastery
03 If I am to develop myself, what exactly is my ‘self’?
The evolution of an idea about who we are
Understanding the root question
An alternative answer?
Can we find something that makes more sense?
An embodied mind
04 What does neuroscience have to say about the self?
Health warning: how to read neuroscience research
Growing a brain: understanding brain development
How the brain–body unit functions
Going with our guts
From somatic markers to the shape of the self
05 Embodying our selves
How somatic markers shape us
The impact of somatic markers
Applying this to leadership
New ideas for leadership development
Part Two Exploring the ideas in practice
06 Developing choice and clarity as a leader
Applying Jane’s learning
07 Conflict, stress and our conditioned tendencies
Conditioned tendency response
Applying this learning
08 Giving feedback and being mindful rather than mindless
From mindfulness to mastery
Applying this learning
Part Three The wider implications for leadership
09 Ethical leadership
Understanding group behaviours
Ethical reasoning versus rationalization
Resisting social pressures and rationalizations
Taking a stand
What about controls?
Exercising ethical leadership
Creating an ethical code
10 Leadership for the 21st century
Working with complex systems
Innovation and creativity
We are motivated to be leaders
Innovation = leadership
Taking up this challenge
Practise, practise, practise…
Embodied leadership development programmes
Certifying as a somatic coach
Further resources for consultants and coaches