Every year I go to the Strozzi Ranch to do one of the institute’s somatic coaching or embodied leadership programs. Embodied leadership focuses on being aware of our internal experience (our bodies) while connecting to the world. Something I have termed conscious leadership. It is a state of being and a skill that can be learned with much practice.
Leaders really need to learn about themselves in this way. It makes passage in this world so much more grounded, purposeful and engaging. As the world gets more and more complex and our leaders fall more often into old thinking and behaving, it doesn’t help in our modern world. The Strozzi Institute work helps leaders find grounded compassion, skillful action and pragmatic wisdom. Since I teach and coach leaders I’ve found this work to be essential, helpful and fascinating.
Aside from learning about somatic leadership, I also get to sit under a redwood tree and look out onto green hills with cows peacefully munching grass. A reminder to take time to reflect and enjoy nature, another way to come back to center.