Whole Person Development
Leading to Greatness through Times of Change
Do you experience a new kind of awareness about yourself and the
world around you? Are these moments of reflective awareness mixed
with internal pressures and anxieties that you cannot fully explain?
If yes, you may be part of the quiet transformation that is underway.
Simply put, yesterday’s ways and holding patterns can no longer
support the shifting dynamics at play. On the positive side, this
shift awakens in many a new kind of creativity, a need to redress
balance or a wish to alter things and make a difference. On the
struggle side there is a pressure to assimilate, adapt and respond
to a changing world with increasing ambiguity. As the 21st century
unfolds, we find that the models of the past still offer lessons
but cannot provide the answers and solutions we now need. Leaders
from all sectors of society are discovering that the demands of
true leadership are much greater than a skillfully learned behavioral
model. The essence of this transformation concerns a need in oneself
to envision an integrated whole-person-development.
As we journeyed through the 20th century's scientific and technological
advancement, people were encouraged to develop skills in increasingly
narrow subjects, creating more and more sub-disciplines and specializations.
This trend led professionals to find security in becoming highly
qualified people in limited territories, often finding oneself quite
helpless in other spheres. To thrive, and not only survive, in the
21st century it is not enough to be ‘super-managers’,
‘super-salesmen’, ‘super-engineers’, ‘super-assertives’,
or even ‘super-focused’ and ‘super-positive-thinkers’,
or any ‘super-one-thing’…
Successful and effective living means a balanced and integrated
360 degree approach to growth and wellness. Leaders and organizations
that take this into account attract and retain the best talent and
Today’s managers are challenged inside circumstances of unprecedented
change, speed and intensity. Imagine the following scenario: driving
out to the country you take along a roadmap. Well, imagine the roads
changing as you drive. The map no longer matches what you see. You
hope the compass is going to give you direction but it starts spinning
because you enter a higher magnetic field. Sounds like science fiction?
Perhaps, but isn’t your experience as a manager these days
a bit like that?
You come to a point where you can no longer trust the map or the
compass. What you need is to know where you stand, to know where
you are. You are compelled to discover an integrated big-picture
view and find yourself inside it. You emerge with questions such
as: what really matters? What is really important for me as a leader?
What is long-lasting and how can I do the best for my people?
Perhaps you experience a deeper sense of compassion, a responsibility
or a calling, when you realize that for the people looking up to
you, you are the roadmap even when the map is shifting in front
of your eyes. Your core values and the way you do things act as
the compass for the people around you. In this shift, many leaders
are driven back into themselves, to discover a template inside they
can trust. Being able to understand and renew oneself is an important
aspect of integrated whole-person-development. It is the foundation
of true leadership.
Managers that lead their organization to greatness are compelled
to manifest a set of core values and purpose. They come out of this
core as their leadership template which propels them to self-renewal
of vision through changing times.
Integrated whole-person-development™ is the path of finding
one’s core values and purpose and growing to express and manifest
the essence of it in all aspects of one’s life. The seven
fields of enhanced whole person expression are:
• Physical wellness and fitness
• Emotional intelligence and resourcefulness
• Mental prowess and creative intuition
• Inter-personal effectiveness
• Professional competence and continual development
• Supportive environments and ecologies
• Growing wealth.
As these spheres merge with each other they are the expressions
of a leader’s integrity and continual growth. They create
the support for a leader to serve a bigger cause and to be the enabler
for others to find themselves and fulfill their aspirations.