Embodied leadership is a radically different way to lead. A methodology and change theory that views the individual as an integrated mind, body, and spirit, it utilizes the whole body, not just the mind, as an essential place of intelligence, learning, and change.

Most professional development training focuses on learning about leadership—underscoring our deeply held belief that learning ideas and theories lead to development and change. However, we are not mind over matter, meaning if only I think this way, I will be different.

Leadership isn’t acquired just by “thinking about it.” Sustainable change requires a different learning approach that works with our largely unconscious, interconnected systems of thinking, emotions, beliefs, and attitudes. These systems shape the leader we show ourselves to be and determine whether or not we can address our complex leadership challenges.

An embodied leadership development approach gives leaders experiences and tools to build more open and inclusive mindsets that access this information. These renewed mindsets enable us to become aware of our strengths as well as the habitual blind spots that decrease effectiveness, interfere with achieving desired outcomes, and ultimately affect bottom lines.

The Embodied Leadership Development Approach

Somatics is a change theory and holistic leadership methodology that works with our interdependent mind/body system to access the information held beneath our conscious awareness, giving leaders the choice to take different actions that connect to key qualities of effective leaders—resilience, resourcefulness, and enhanced relationship skills.

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Dr. Bennett interviews Dr. Lyle Yorks of Teachers College, Columbia University, on the subject of Embodied Leadership.

Grounded in neuroscience, adult learning, organizational psychology, and business best practices, embodied leadership enables clients to notice the conditioned reactivity that interferes with the ability to stay open, present and connected.

Much of how we communicate with others, inspire action, and facilitate leadership is non-verbal. Your tone of voice, body language, and posture are all key components of any interaction, and yet the conscious training of these tools often falls to the back-burner.

Embodied leadership processes cultivate deep insight into our largely unconscious patterns of thinking, perception, emotion, and action that result in the leaders we show ourselves to be. However, insight is not enough…new actions are needed for sustainable change.

Utilizing both conversational and somatic practices, Dr. Bennett enables clients to dig into the unconscious perceptions that guide how we present ourselves.

By blending somatic awareness with new practices, clients become able to face adversity and complex challenges with greater resilience and resourcefulness—replacing routine mindsets and action styles that unknowingly block the path towards effective leadership with a greater repertoire of choices.

In this way, embodied leadership becomes a robust way for leaders to expand their comfort zone and use their very presence to inspire action.