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Coherent leadership in times of dissonance Part I


Coherent leadership in times of dissonance

What is keeping leaders from truly being in their full potential? What is keeping you awake at night in your personal or business life? How do you lead and can you truly lead yourself and others when your life and business are in dissonance? What does it take to be a coherent leader in times of chaos and change? Are you the tree that stands strong when everyone and everything else is collapsing? And what does coherent leadership mean? 

Coherence: When we are in a state of coherence our being, doing and response comes from a place of feeling centred, aware and present and our heart and brain work in alignment. When we are not coherent our stress levels are increased and our amygdala triggers a fight, flight or freeze reaction and action. We live in a state of constant survival and stress hormones are continuously released, which is having an effect on our health and well-being. In a coherent state we experience elevated emotions as well as stay in the flow despite our environmental circumstances. Dr Bruce Lipton, Dr Joe Dispenza, Gregg Braden as well as the Heartmath Institute have done a lot of research on that topic. 

Over the past few years it became very clear to me that I wanted to work with leaders. In order to do that I had to step up in my own leadership and lead by example. As a coherent leader I want to be a voice for positive change, creativity and innovation and transformation! My intention is to stand strong like a tree and keep growing and developing myself while also offering others growth and a safe space, blossoming fruit and chirping birds irrespective of storms around us. Now is the time to ask yourself: How do you want to show up as a leader especially in times of dissonance? Our world needs coherent leaders NOW!  

Expecting others to change is an illusion. The change starts with ourselves from the inside! That applies on a personal as well as on a business level. Others can assist us in that process but change will never work long-term if it only comes from outside and is forced from above (top down). The new paradigm requires co-creative and coherent leadership. The more coherent we become the more coherent our lives and businesses become. Recognise, as Charlie Chaplin put it a long time ago, that the heart and the brain are allies. 

What holds many leaders back from being in their full potential is unresolved grief and trauma healing from childhood as well as in adulthood. 95% of our daily behavioural patterns are run by our subconscious mind so we don't even know what is triggering us or why we are behaving in certain ways! We don't know that experiences in our childhood are actually the reason for insecurities, anger, feelings of helplessness, judgmental behaviour etc. There is a beautiful saying: if you can name it you can tame it.

The majority of people don't know that divorce or job loss for example can cause a trauma and that there is a grieving cycle activated. If you are at the beginning or in the midst of a grieving cycle it is very hard to begin something new. We are currently seeing a lot of that also playing out collectively - especially with the recent events around COVID-19 or "black lives matter". 

If you would like to find out more about grief and trauma healing for leaders join the upcoming information session on June 12th or June 18th here.

In the new paradigm the old will not work anymore. We are seeing the step by step dismantling of everything that no longer works and has outgrown the current awareness and consciousness of our societies and humanity as well as our businesses. As I look at the new leaders that have come and are coming even into some big institutions including banking and pharmaceuticals I feel change is coming. Some of my clients are in positions such as CEOs and similar leadership positions and they are starting to lead their companies with a purpose, a joint mission and servant leadership - meaning being of service to the client, their employees and humanity. They themselves are becoming more coherent and are leading with passion and compassion. I feel humbled, honoured and grateful to witness and be part of that change. How can we all step up in our leadership and be the change that we want to see? How can we find the courage to let go of what no longer serves us and step into the new? How can we find the courage to heal our grief and traumas and thus lead our companies, families, ourselves and our world into a new paradigm filled with love, com-passion, joy, happiness, peace, abundance, equality, coherence and connection! 

I would like to share some insights attributed to Charlie Chaplin's speech for his 70th birthday:
As I began to love myself
As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only
warning signs that I was living against my own truth. Today, I know, this is
As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody as I try to
force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the
person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me. Today I call it
As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that
everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY“.
As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance, I am in the right
place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment, so I
could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE“.
As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing huge
projects for the future. Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I
love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my
own rhythm. Today I call it “SIMPLICITY“.
As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is not good for my health –
food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down and away from
myself. At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF
As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong
less of the time.
Today I discovered that is “MODESTY“.
As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past and worry about the
future. Now, I only live for the moment, where EVERYTHING is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT“.
As I began to love myself I recognised that my mind can disturb me and it can make
me sick. But As I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART“.
We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with
ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are
Today I know THAT IS “LIFE“!
Join me in being a coherent, creative, innovative and compassionate leader in the new paradigm! 

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