I’m on a quest to increase our capacity for discomfort.
In my 20+ years experience working for high-powered leaders, leading my own businesses, and being the coach, consultant and psychotherapist to in-demand leaders…
I call this work Unburdened Leadership.
Leadership is emotional work.
Real life in a body and a business is messy and vulnerable.
And trauma is universal, ordinary, and responsible for so many of our status-quo leadership struggles.
Meanwhile, our role requires us to brave the uncertain, take responsibility for others, and
I combine research-backed psychological principles, leadership expertise, and future-focused business coaching to help you carry the burdens of being a human-leading fellow-humans.
Unburdened Leadership is for you.
A thought-leader building a platform
A CEO vying for change
A consultant developing your body of work
A business owner with sky-high standards
A helping professional raising your profile
An enterprising creative getting more visible
An expert on non-profit impact
A principled educator making waves or a mix of all of the above:
Because the world needs you to do more than keep up.
And business leaders, independent workers, educators and helping professionals all have an important role to play.
We can lead ourselves and others to be productive and innovative, without pushing anyone to burnout.
We can create workplaces where everyone can feel heard and cared for, so we can make hard decisions and avoid doing harm.
We can do leadership differently, and take actions that make a difference now while redefining business for future generations.
I’m a leadership developer, psychotherapist, ICF-certified coach, entrepreneur, writer,
speaker and podcast host.
I work with changemaking leaders who want to do more than just keep up – without compromising what matters most.
Contrary to the conventional wisdom
that leaders should power-over and power-through:
Learning to power-with your “resistance,” engage uncomfortable emotions, and understand how life experiences affect humans – makes you a more effective leader.
Inner work increases your capacity to use your time wisely, take risks, make unpopular decisions, set and maintain life-changing boundaries, perform without perfection, and become more deeply connected to the people around you.
This is Unburdened Leadership.
The result is deeply-rooted strength to weather the challenges and pushback that comes with making change, so you can stay committed to your vision and values.
Why I combine psychotherapeutic principles + coaching specifically for high-performing, high-commitment leaders:
Powerful, strong, capable leaders and business owners came into my office face down, burdened with exhaustion, frustration and self-doubt.
Underneath it all was a deep shame for not having figured it out.
Why couldn’t they seem to keep up appearances, or simply pray, think and manifest their way out of pain or recurring struggles?
They feared they were broken. They heard if they weren’t getting the promised results, they weren’t really committed.
And yet they were doing everything they could according to Power-Over Personal Development – the leadership philosophy dominating bookshelves and seminar stages.
In this one-size-fits-all thought work, there was no regard for their unique nervous system.
No acknowledgement of how family of origin, difficult life experiences and systemic oppression can have echoes that impact us in the present.
No space or skills to identify and process the emotions vying for attention in their bodies…
They are simply evidence that you are a brave, caring person who is all in with their life and work.
Doing all the gratitude journals, affirmations, and perfect morning routines does not ensure you won’t experience hard times, heavy feelings, embarrassing mistakes, conflicts of interest, and all the other messy things that come up and add friction to reaching your goals.
And you do not have to crush it, have a miraculous morning, or 10x your results to get where you want to go.
Powering-with your emotions is how you feel less drained. Bring focus and motivation back to what matters. And feel more connected to the people around you.
It can be your superpower through the inevitable pushback and conflict of doing your change-making work.
Let’s meet and find out if we’re a fit.
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