Who would you be willing to follow?

What would a leader be like and how would s/he act for you to be willing to follow (not in war, not in emergency)? Place yourself in the position of a voluntary follower. You might come up with the idea that, if you had a choice, you would not want to follow anybody. This is fine. It might be worthwhile inquiring into that. Or, you might have a feeling of how it could be to be led and to grow at the same time. Or you might remember persons who led you (or taught you) whom you admired. Whatever comes
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Leaders’ choices

Why is the change towards sustainability so slow in most companies? I believe, every change in an organization results from the choices made by dedicated people. Leaders are co-creators of an interconnected reality. There is hope that the leadership in global as well as local organizations will respond, out of a sense of interconnectedness and co-responsibility, to questions about human dignity, inclusiveness, and fairer distribution of wealth. It might finally respond to the call for a sustainable world. A leader in a prominent position is bound to be a mirror for the organization. He or she can be seen as
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Making sense of our leadership journey

It is sometimes a moment of revelation when one’s journey begins to make sense, when in retrospect things fall into place and one suddenly discovers that there is a theme emerging, a thread going through the chaos of experience.  Then we begin to see our leadership journey in a different light. We discover that themes are re-emerging and there was an intention at the outset of the journey. That initial intention might have had a different name, but it turns out that it may have belonged to a family of themes that gathered over time. So why then do I
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Intention creates energy fields

Intention creates energy fields. It organizes life. It creates order in our path, it attracts people and opportunities. When we neglect our deeper intention it withers and we fall short of our potential. We might not need grand visions; small steps continuously taken can create a pathway. But we need to be sure that we are moving forward in our intention. It is the daily step that will make a difference over time. We know that we have come closer to our deeper intention when the voices of doubt become less influential, less forceful. We begin to trust in building
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Questions that do not have an immediate answer

Collective reflection is the most underutilized potential in our organizations. We are not used to ask questions that do not have an immediate answer. Good questions do not have immediate answers. But inquiry increases our ability to step into the unknown. This is not a culture we nurture in our professional lives. Very few corporate or institutional environments invite good questions instead of good answers. Coaches know this phenomenon: if you have asked a question that cannot be answered right away you have opened the person to change. Unanswered questions are faithful – they accompany the person until they have been
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Reconstructing the history of our voice

All communication starts within. It is all connected. If you have intentionally or unintentionally buried your early dreams and silenced the voice of your heart, the way you communicate with people can only touch the surface. You can neither reach out to your own wholeness nor bring forth wholeness around you. You cannot access the humanity of another person when you have not accessed your own humanity. Learning to speak your voice is a process of unfolding the courage to be really you. Your deeper values, symbolically held in your early intention, your dreams, and your aspirations are gateways to
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Can we learn to think us into future possibilities?

My experience is that intention creates energy fields. It organizes life. It creates order in our path, it attracts people and opportunities. When we do not have a larger vision  our deeper intention withers and we fall short of our potential. When I listened to Monika Griefahn, Co-Founder of Greenpeace Germany, former Minister of Environmental Affairs in Lower Saxony, Germany, I could sense the power of vision – in the literal sense. This was part of her reflection on how Lower Saxony became a pioneer in renewable energies. „You have to have an image of the future  that goes far
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Collective Leaders create pathways

Whenever I have experienced a group’s commitment to collective action for sustainability, there was an insight palpable in the room: Leading for sustainability is not an act in isolation. It requires leadership by various individuals towards a similar goal on a collective scale, trust in a common goal that everybody will contribute to differently, yet in alignment cross-sector collaboration without hierarchy or central coordination a preparedness to join a collective learning journey. I believe the capacity for leading, initiating, facilitating and sustaining the construction of meaningful futures is enfolded in all of us.
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Our search for coherence

Do you recognize this: you experience something that does not fit your expectations, neither can you align it with the image you have of yourself. Things just don’t go the way you want. You seem to hit a wall. You feel disempowered. You thought you had done everything right. But the universe seems to not be supportive of your path. Then it is time to remember an important truth that you will always find inside.
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And then you see the story

From the many encounters I have had with leaders from various parts of the world, I have noticed a remarkable aspect of today’s reality: the desire to make a difference is present in many leaders, however deeply buried. I met very, very few who, if sincerely questioned, would not find deep in their heart the aspiration to contribute to a better world. Some weeks ago I had a conversation with a senior manager from a large international consulting company. Do you know this: you are in the rush of your professional work, you have an appointment with somebody your office
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