The body of a leader
by: Paul Gibbons
In the leadership development world, we now know that emotions and emotional intelligence are important phenomena. More recently, the question of how leaders provide meaning to, and connect with the concerns, values, and deeper purpose of their followers has introduced spirituality into leadership development. In one sense, these new ideas on the role of the body in leadership round-out and complete the picture of what makes an effective leader. While this smacks of New Age thinking, the concepts are grounded in biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, developmental psychology and another field called 'somatic psychology'. The programmes based on this thinking are attended by CEOs and directors of major corporations, and this type of training has also been used in the US Marine Corp and Navy Seals – organisations not renowned for their fluffiness.