Research by psychologist Dr. Albert Mehrabian and others shows that at least 70% of all communication is non verbal. Learning to unify the body's message with what is being said enhances our capacity for effective leadership and more fulfilling relationships. Leadership Embodiment (LE) draws on the traditions of aikido and mindfulness to offer simple yet powerful practices that help to recognize the body’s habitual stress patterns and develop alternative response patterns that tap into creativity, power, and compassion. LE engages the mind (neocortex) in the context and understanding of the process. Then it gives the body (limbic) the practices to match the mind’s understanding. We train the body to act in accordance with what the mind understands. LE works with three leadership competencies:
• Inclusiveness – we are in this together
• Centered Listening – listening without taking it personally
• Advocating/Speaking Up – without aggression or collapsing
Recommended reading: Palmer and Crawford, Leadership Embodiment; Palmer, The Intuitive Body and The Practice of Freedom.