Dr. Bennett creates embodied leadership development programs for organizations on a range of relevant topics, including effectively managing change and transition, team building, emotional, social and cultural intelligence, and communication and relationship skills.
The environment in organizations has become increasingly complex and unpredictable. To be effective, leaders and teams need a different skillset—self-awareness, learning agility, resilience, and the ability to build resourceful, inclusive teams.
This experience was an eye-opening journey and I believe the effects will be much more long lasting. Teaching me to center was extremely valuable, I learned things about myself, and now take responsibility for my relationships, instead of blaming others.
Steve, Accounting Professional
Individuals develop the capacity to become self-authorizing leaders capable of more adaptive ways of thinking, greater authenticity, staying focused on what they care about, and staying connected with direct reports, teams and diverse stakeholders.
Utilizing somatic practices, participants will explore the components of leadership: self-awareness, trust, and coping with rising levels of workplace ambiguity, complexity, and stress. Individuals will learn practical approaches that will enable them to move from awareness to taking alternative actions, counterbalancing the natural tendency to make decisions that are familiar and comfortable but not always effective.
Executive / Individual Leadership Development Programs
Working with executives and mid-level managers, Dr. Bennett creates individualized plans to build their strategic leadership capacities, develop emotional, social, and cultural intelligence, and build the communication skills that will enable them to stay present and responsive in today’s complex workplace, especially under stress and conflict.
This coaching approach uses concrete, real-world challenges and commitments as catalysts to develop new leadership competencies. Clients build their leadership presence, resilience, and resourcefulness along the way. Through actions, practices, and exercises designed specifically for them, they learn to engage the world as resourceful learners, and choose effective responses that further their capacity to deliver on workplace as well as personal commitments.
Many coaches focus solely on goal achievement, leaving clients dependent on the coach for motivation and structure. An embodied coaching approach seeks to develop the whole person, including cognitive, emotional, somatic (body), relational, creative, and spiritual domains.
The process begins with an assessment; then client and coach jointly define specific observable, competency-based outcomes. Outcomes can address a wide range of professional topics such as creating purposeful work, balancing conflicting demands and priorities, navigating political challenges, empowering others, and other specific leadership issues. Career and life changes, relationship challenges, and finding greater joy and fulfillment are also frequent coaching topics.
A typical coaching engagement consists of the following:
Exploratory conversations and an assessment process.
Development of coaching outcomes.
A unique program of self-observation, exercises, reading, and practices.
Ongoing conversation in the form of weekly or bi-weekly conversations, with additional support by phone and email as requested.
Mid- and end-of-program assessments against program outcomes.
A plan for your ongoing growth and development after the conclusion of coaching.
Professional Development Seminars for Universities
Dr. Bennett designs and delivers courses and workshops on developing embodied leadership within executive education programs, academic departments of higher
education, and multidisciplinary university leadership initiatives. Integrating leadership best practices, neuroscience research, holistic learning, and somatic theory and practice, Dr. Bennett’s curriculums take up where most leadership courses that primarily teach concepts and ideas about leadership leave off—bridging the gap between leadership theory and practice by offering experiences, theory, tools, and practices that enable participants to take the actions they need to become the leader they wish to be.
Through the coursework, students, faculty, and executive education professionals gain valuable feedback about their individual leadership styles and challenges and learn to
immediately integrate these tools and practices into their particular leadership or workplace context in ways that produce transformative and sustainable shifts in perception, emotion, and action. Carmela also works with teachers and educational administrators seeking ways to bring more holistic learning theory and practice into the classroom.
Dr. Bennett designs individualized presentations and programs of varying lengths from 1½-hour, half-day, full-day, or 2-day workshops to semester-long courses and modules that allow for more comprehensive understanding and development.