Breath in Leadership Journey addresses major societal and business challenges

July 14 2021

Major changes with global impact such as political power shifts, climate change, Covid-19 and exponential technological developments present people, businesses and institutions with major challenges, opportunities, and dilemmas. With the Breath in Leadership Journey, Nyenrode Business University, in close collaboration with Conscious Learning Tribe, introduces an innovative holistic leadership experience to address major current societal and business issues. The journey links leadership skills, personal development and nature based (un)learning opportunities for human leadership, and for generations to come.

The Breath in Leadership Journey is designed as a six months exploration and experimentation, based on nature and ancient wisdoms. Participants are guided along the intersection of science, art, academics and technology, as well as emerging wisdom of humans who gather around the mission of making a direct impact in and through their organizations. The Breath in Leadership Journey is an invitation to (future) responsible leaders to co-lead regenerative futures. Participants of the program are game changers and leaders who work in business, for the government, in the non-profit sector or as (social) entrepreneurs. It takes place at Nyenrode Business University in Breukelen, two other locations in the Netherlands, in Ibiza (Spain), and partially online. The journey is open to a global audience with a digital journey alternative, for those who chose to join the first cohort online.

Why Breath in Leadership?

Breath in Leadership is an (un)learning journey of breaking through individual and collective obsolete assumptions, exploring and co-creating with the most inspirational participants, guides and guardians, such as Alexandra Cousteau (ocean 2050), Chief Biraci Nixiwaka (Yawanawa) and Ron Garan (Space).

Yuri van Geest of Conscious Learning Tribe about the title of the program, Breath in Leadership: “The core ecological, social, psychological and spiritual challenges of the world all relate to a (lack of) breathing in self, among each other, and in our planet. The emerging leadership needs to commit to regenerate life, for all. The journey is designed to create radical awareness and synergy with the pioneers and heart leaders who are on a mission to support the breath and life on Earth. The journey is intended to allow courageous opportunities and action to emerge, integrating “inner and outer ecologies”, “feminine and masculine energies”, “thinking and feeling”, “ancient and future wisdoms” and “humans as nature and as cosmos” through breath.” 

Koen Becking, Rector Magnificus of Nyenrode Business University: “New generations already recognize the urgent need for a radically different approach when it comes to leadership. Due to Covid-19, people experienced distress and loneliness and are looking for connection, real contact and genuine experiences. Other global developments show us that if we do not treat our social and physical environment in a respectful way, we will find complex problems on our path. There is a need for new education and personal development programs like the Breath in Leadership Journey. New leaders will demonstrate different approaches to serve society in a better way.”

Transformation Process

The new program provides an innovative learning experience in a zeitgeist that is characterized by increasing uncertainty and ambiguity. Inspiring guides from home and abroad provide the participants with the latest insights in areas such as ancient wisdom, regenerative leadership, personal growth, future skills and creative ability using cutting edge art, tech, organizational and work models. In addition, participants will work on their individual development and deepening through introspection, coaching and co-creation. They are guided in a direction towards a holistic, healthy and grounded leadership style. Part of the program is the development of meta-competencies such as alignment, purpose, courage, compassion, resilience, play, imagination and intuitive decision-making.

From Speaking to Co-Creation

The Breath in Leadership program includes a diversity of most inspiring and foundational guides. In co-creation sessions they take the participants of the program with them to new insights based on their specialism, passion and areas of expertise to explore beyond the obvious and expected. From Nyenrode, among others, Prof Dr Ir Andre Nijhof, Prof Dr Desiree van Gorp, Prof Dr Leen Paape and Prof Dr Rob Blomme will contribute to the program. In addition, participants will interact with an international line-up of leading guides including Mariana Mazzucato, Douglas Rushkoff, Azeem Azhar, Susan J. Schmitt, Robert McKee, Sara King, Tim Leberecht, Daniel Christian Wahl, Laura Storm, Refik Anadol, Daan Roosegaarde, Spring Cheng and Ron Garan.

Hybrid Immersive Experiences and Engagements

The first Breath in Leadership journey starts on November 25, 2021 and runs until May 29, 2022. It consists of eighteen modules with biweekly engagements to reflect on real life progress and integration, as well as ongoing community engagements. The group of participants is intentionally selected as (informal) leaders balanced in gender, age, ethnicities and from various sectors. More information about the program, the speakers and facilitators can be found at  Breath in Leadership journey

About Conscious Learning Tribe

Conscious Learning Tribe, co-founded by Rudy de WaeleCanay Atalay and Yuri van Geest, is a continuous learning and community platform for future responsible leaders and game-changers. By curating courageous experiences and journeys on how to choose a healthy life and work, we inspire and accelerate the transition to more conscious, inclusive and regenerative futures.

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