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Issue: February Newsletter
Embodied Leadership

By Marion Gibbon
Sometimes things happen in such perfect timing. For me going to Susannah's workshop ‘Embodied Leadership’ was one such event. It enabled so many threads to coalesce and for clarity to become manifest. I had been struggling in my place of work. Clear about my love for my role but totally enmeshed in a toxic leadership relationship. I was so embroiled that it was affecting my ability to do my job, leading me to question myself and become paralysed with anxiety as I felt so unsure of which way to turn.

I found it beginning to impinge on my health as I was not sleeping well as a result. One day everything was fine and the next day it was dreadful. I could see what was going on but did not know what steps to take.

The workshop enabled me to look outside and take some perspective on the situation. What I realised was important was that I could take pride in my work, that dignity, respect and truth are paramount and in addition love was central. With this I then saw myself as a beautiful bird that was poised to fly rather than a seagull mired in tar and oil. I also realised that as a leader it is important to provide a container and make a safe space. That you are not on your own, that you can be vulnerable and ask for support. 'Our true hearts desire is for truth and love'. The embodied leader is one that is able to hold a sacred space that is safe and recognises the divine in each of us and enables it to hinge forth in service to all.

There have been two further developments since my return to work. The first has been facing the person who was causing me (or I was allowing to cause) such a disturbance at work and telling them how they made me feel as a result of their behaviour towards me. This has led to a huge change in my life. I now feel that I have taken back my power and my confidence has risen dramatically. Our relationship is now much improved and I feel respected. It has also led to others in the department feeling more empowered too. In this day of the #metoo there is also the chance of #notobullying.

The second is the interdependent support that I have found with a fellow dancer from the workshop. We are exploring together and looking at undertaking a piece of co-creation. Sharing our wins and challenges and taking ourselves to new heights in our creative endeavours.

Much love,

See also Susannah's next 'Embodied Leadership' workshop coming up in March:

22–24 March: Embodied Leadership and Co-Creation with Susannah. Copenhagen, Denmark.
With Move! Evening on 22nd of March.
What a great combination – Leadership training through the playful and embodied work of Movement Medicine. This workshop offers a safe and very well guided space to explore various facets and qualities that leadership and co-creation requires, such as congruence, presence, clarity, self-trust, and the ability to support, encourage, motivate and listen, as well as direct and hold appropriate boundaries. Personal authority together with the skill to co-create makes for creative, powerful team work and play. Come along to dance, to play, to co-create and to remember that everyone has a role to play.
Contact Nanna Heinz:
+45 50 83 18 84;

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