Being a leader means that you, in one way or another, influence others when you interact with them. The influence can be positive or negative, intentional and conscious or unintentional and unconscious. The impact on the situation and the people you interact with can be anywhere between minimal or maximal. This happens in boardrooms, in offices, in classrooms, in our homes and in the sports fields. Leadership is not limited to the professional context – it occurs all around us, all the time.

Every now and then you come across a leader who is truly inspiring, powerful, authentic and extraordinary.

You want what they have and be where they are, but you can’t figure out how to get there.

This is when you want to start looking inside yourself to understand your mindsets, habits and behaviour – instead of searching for quick fix methods to develop a successful leadership.

The Authentic Leadership theory, created by Bill George, 2003, is growing in reputation in the business world and the genuine, self-aware and authentic approach helps the leader to hone in on all of the important skills which are needed to be successful as a leader. The key characteristics are self-awareness, a clear sense of purpose and passion, distinct values on which they don’t compromise, strong relationships and established connections throughout the organisation, with employees and customers and a high level of emotional intelligence and trustworthiness. The goals and vision are clearly communicated, shared and top of mind within the Authentic Leadership style and the leader has a high level of self discipline and walks the talk themselves.

Using the Energy Leadership Index Assessment™ and the deep coaching that follows will help you get to the core of these leadership characteristics. It will guide you through the 7 Levels of Leadership and each one is exponentially higher and more powerful than the one before it. The levels of leadership are reflective of a leader’s degree of consciousness, awareness and power and understanding where you currently resonate and knowing how to shift yourself to the highest level will enable you to perform and lead from your peak.

The process will provide you with raised self-awareness, fearlessness and confidence in your leadership!

In order to raise your self-awareness and understand who you really are, what you really want and what’s missing in order to reach this point, you need to start asking the right questions. In the boxes below you’ll find some amazing exercises to do just that. I also provide the most recent research on leadership and articles about different leadership styles, perspectives and theories so that you can educate yourself, try on different approaches and see what fits you best in order to be more authentic and successful as a leader.

And, please, don’t be hard on yourself if you don’t have the answers straight away, this is a process that can take some time. Celebrate the fact that you are curious and want to explore your true powers. When you have this awareness, you are a part of the very few % walking on this planet, who are truly connected to their passion and purpose!

Useful exercises

Leadership Wheel

A visual representation of the leadership wheel designed to help you determine where you currently stand on your journey towards evolving your leadership skills.

Find your Focus and be Productive

Concentration and focus are closely related and very connected to being productive. This exercise is designed to help you identify and overcome obstacles to your concentration and focus while guiding you towards clarity and increased productivity.


This exercise aims to assist you in identifying the values that influence and motivate you. You are driven by your values, yet those values might not reflect what you really want out of life. They may only be the things that you were taught that you want.

Your ideal leader

This exercise has you list and identify qualities, strengths and skills that you associate with a great leader. You then evaluate to what extent you currently manifest these and create an action plan to guide your improvement.


Your core energy determines your life potential

– Lynn Waldorf, PhD, CPC

Physicists often define energy as the potential for action. Everything you do requires energy and has
an energetic charge. In the world of professional coaching, a lack of constructive, growth-oriented
energy presents as the inability of a client to fully pursue their goals and life dreams.1

Psychological Safety and the critical role of leadership development

– McKinsey & Company

While the benefits of psychological safety are well established,a new survey suggests how leaders, by developing specific skills, can create a safer and higher-performance work environment.

For smarter decisions empower your employees

– McKinsey & Company

Fully empowered employees make good decisions and resolve problems. We explore how various leadership and management styles can best support them.

The Best Managers Balance Analytical and Emotional Intellegence

– Melvin Smith, Ellen Van Oosten, and Richard E. Boyatzis

Have you ever responded to a colleague or direct report in a way that left them feeling unheard or unappreciated, even though that was not your
intention? Perhaps you gave them a prescriptive solution when what they needed was an empathetic ear. Or maybe you emphasized deadlines, task-
related commitments, and accountability at a time when what they needed from you was compassion and understanding.

Evaluate your leadership style and identify your strengths and gaps

Take this questionnaire to find out which areas you can grow and improve your leadership skills