Embodied Leadership
The Somatic Approach to Developing Your Leadership

Leaders don't just need to know about leadership -- leaders need to embody the capacity to lead in the midst of ambiguity and complexity. Developed by the Strozzi Institute in Northern California, 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 ... Expand

Pete Hamill is a consultant, facilitator and coach with an international background in leadership and organizational development. He is currently Program Director for Embodied Leadership open program, which he introduced, at Roffey Park Institute. He has been certified as a Somatic Leadership Coach and has completed a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling with the Gestalt Centre in London. He has worked with a range of international organizations, including KPMG, Lloyds Banking Group, AXA and Virgin Atlantic.

Online reviews:

"This excellent book offers a perspective on leadership in the 21st Century that is radical and compelling. Rigorously researched, it is still very accessible, and Pete Hamill has a knack for explaining complex and subtle ideas with clarity and humanity. The key points are also generously illustrated with stories and examples, as well as practical ...


"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, ...


Part One Setting the foundations

01 What do we mean by leadership anyway?
Leadership: the leaders
Leadership: the position
Leadership: actions and behaviours
Leadership: the results
Leadership: an integration
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02 How do I get better at it?
What are you practising?
Deliberate practice
Embodiment and mastery
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03 If I am to develop myself, what exactly is my ‘self’?
The evolution of an idea about who we are
Understanding the root question
Descartes’ answer
An alternative answer?
Can we find something that makes more sense?
An embodied mind
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04 What does ... Expand