About the Leading with Love course
The day starts with a discussion of some of the trends behind the increasing dehumanization of employees in today’s workplace. These trends have been challenged by the pandemic and we are increasingly recognising that we need more leaders who lead with ‘love’ and respect for their employees. During the session we will discuss the findings of our research that followed a sample of senior leaders who were nominated by their direct reports as leaders who led with love. We will explore the deeper psychological and spiritual dynamics that enabled these stand-out leaders to lead with love despite operating in highly performance-driven environments.
We will also share the model derived both from the research and from our own personal experience. This is based on the idea that all of us struggle to demonstrate genuine love and respect in the workplace as we are often driven by deep-rooted ego needs, many of which go back to our childhood. The day provides a number of exercises to help you connect with the deeper source of ‘love’ within you and lead from this place in a more consistent and authentic manner.
This will empower you to lead in a manner more appropriate to these post-pandemic times.
Dr Karen Blakeley was Programme Leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration and the BA Business Management degrees at the University of Winchester. She also led the Centre for Responsible Management at Winchester, hosting talks given by international business leaders on responsible leadership. Her most recent book, ‘Leading with Love’, co-written with her partner, Chris Blakeley was published in July 2021. Karen is now independent and her time is spent lecturing, coaching, running courses and working at Winchester University on a project aimed at promoting young people’s wellbeing and self-leadership. She is planning her next book on self-leadership for young adults.
Chris Blakeley founded Waverley Learning 20 years ago to provide a reflective space for leaders to step aside and access deeper learning and personal transformation. He has been working as a coach and developer consultant since 1989 and has pioneered the use of executive retreats, drawing on ancient monastic wisdom as well as contemporary pyschology. He has worked extensively with senior leaders from large private, public and third sector organsations including the Church, several major charities, the ‘Big 4’ Professional Services Firms and large global corporations. He runs the Leadership Fellows Programme at St Georges’s House in Windsor Castle with its mandate for ‘nurturing wisdom’ amongst senior leaders from all walks of life. Chris is also a lay Benedictine and runs a Spiritual Direction practice and a charity, Crossroads Retreats, to support people during major life transitions.