Why Leading From Within?

From the desk of Greg Giesen

I’ve been facilitating the Leading From Within workshop for 16-years now. Wow, seems like yesterday when our very first group joined me, Tim Lane and Kelly Coyle (Wyngarden) up at the YMCA in Estes Park back in 1998.

Do you ever wonder why the very first time resonates for you so much?

first lfw

I can still remember particular moments in that workshop like it was yesterday. Some still choke me up after 16-years just thinking about them, like the red curl. You see, Jimmy was a family owner of a business and very artistic. During that first Leading From Within, he was challenged by Kelly (who had red curly hair) to take a stand in his life and show up as the leader of his organization instead of as the facilitator (always trying to please everyone). On day 3 of the workshop when participants present their insights and visions to the group, Jimmy had painted a giant red curl to represent his breakthrough moment. That red curl is now framed and sits prominently in his high-rise office in downtown Denver.

And that is just one of a thousand stories I could tell you.

It is so amazing to me to see what happens when a group of adults come together, regardless whether or not they are from the same company, and form a support group that fosters authenticity, truth-telling, vulnerability, and love. I know, I said the “L” word, and it’s true. The whole point of Leading From Within is to break down barriers between who we think we need to be (our functional selves) and who we are (our authentic selves). This can only happen if the group field (the level of comfort and safety people feel when in the presence of their support group) is in place. And that’s my job…to create the space (group field) for people to do the work…their work.


I’m often asked, “But how does an experience like Leading From Within make me a better manager at work?”

That’s easy. When you’re clear on who you are as a person (and I’m talking about knowing your purpose in life, your passions, your core values, and what you desire your legacy to be), your foundation comes together. And it’s from this foundation where you define your management and leadership practices. Do you see the significance here? Who you are as a person and who you are as a manager become one. You’re the same person! The result is greater stability, consistency, and credibility in all facets of your life…because who you are on the outside is a direct reflection of who you are on the inside. Or, simply put, what you see is what you get, and that’s what Leading From Within is all about.


I can’t wait to also tell you about the birth of the Zen Leadership Institute and how powerful a resource it will be for each of you to become the leader you were meant to be…and in all facets of your life. Stay tuned for more.

For more information, inspiration and to register for our September 18th through 20th Leading From Within adventure CLICK HERE!

    • blindknight48
    • September 5th, 2013

    Reblogged this on Empty Prisons and commented:
    This short vidoe only touches on the powerful teachings Greg has to offer, I’m looking forward to one day soon going through the whole expericence. I highly recommend it.

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