My change in leadership has been so successful that we had an increase in our bottom line of $500,000 in an 18 million dollar budget. This is a very significant increase in one year. Up until several years ago, my mindset as a leader was to always have answers and always have solutions. But I saw that I needed to become better at stepping into the unknown where you don’t always know the answer. I now have the maturity to be comfortable with ambiguity and to work with it. We are now moving our culture towards innovation as a future investment which is not easy in a nonprofit environment. This was revolutionary. A lot of leadership is evolutionary, but this was revolutionary learning and application happening during and because of your program.
I’ve been able to take an introspective look at my leadership style and to delegate more and free myself up to build capacity in others. My confidence level is much higher as a mentor and coach of others - to give direction, to delegate and to inspire my team to do what they need to get done for the organization.
The biggest shift in my mindset was based on the whole person integration model and the neuroscience research shared by Suzanne and Terri. The increased level of mindfulness that I gained and began to practice daily at home and and work, shifted my behaviors from automatic responses to reflective steps toward a more thoughtful life. I am a better friend, daughter, colleague, wife, and mother based on the tools I now carry with me. Truly a life changing experience!