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Embodied Leadership

Embodied Leadership

The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership

Pete Hamill


The first practical guide to the theory and practice of embodied leadership techniques.

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About the book

We don't need leaders who know about leadership - we need leaders who embody the capacity to lead in the midst of ambiguity and complexity. The concept of embodied leadership is derived from somatic coaching, a unique approach that brings the body forward as an advocate in creating a place for change and transformation. It brings together language, action, feeling and meaning and is based on the idea that the mind and body are inextricably linked: to develop one, you must cultivate the other.
Embodied Leadership deconstructs our thinking about the body using key discoveries in neuroscience to demonstrate the uses and benefits of a somatic approach, particularity in the area of emotional intelligence.There are practical exercises throughout to develop embodied leadership skills and personal development.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: Setting the foundations;
    • Chapter - 01: What do we mean by leadership anyway?;
    • Chapter - 02: How do I get better at it?;
    • Chapter - 03: If I am to develop myself, what exactly is my ‘self’?;
    • Chapter - 04: What does neuroscience have to say about the self?;
    • Chapter - 05: Embodying our selves;
  • Section - TWO: Exploring the ideas in practice;
    • Chapter - 06: Developing choice and clarity as a leader;
    • Chapter - 07: Conflict, stress and our conditioned tendencies;
    • Chapter - 08: Giving feedback and being mindful rather than mindless;
  • Section - THREE: The wider implications for leadership;
    • Chapter - 09: Ethical leadership;
    • Chapter - 10: Leadership for the 21st century;
    • Chapter - 11: Conclusions


A thought provoking, practical, accessible guide on how to use your body to develop authority, presence and impact as a leader.
John Leary-Joyce, CEO of the Academy of Executive Coaching

This book offers refreshingly practical ideas for everyone wanting to develop their leadership skills. It takes deliberate practice, but building on the principles of embodied leadership it opens our eyes to how much choice we actually have when we don't let our past determine our behavior, and hence our potential at work
Eeva Sipila, Chief Financial Officer, Cargotec Corporation

A thoroughly insightful and fresh perspective on leadership which makes a compelling case for a different approach.
Melanie Richards Partner, KPMG

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749465643
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd June 2013
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 280 pages

About the Author

Pete Hamill is a consultant, facilitator and coach with an international background in leadership and organizational development. He is the only executive coach in Europe to have completed an intensive training internship with Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler at the Strozzi Institute for Embodied Leadership. He has been certified as a Somatic Leadership Coach and has completed a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling with the Gestalt Centre in London.

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