Michelle Braden, CEO MSBCoach
What do you think of when you hear the word “holistic”? I would dare say you think of something in it’s entirety, and that is correct. Something that is whole is complete. A holistic leadership leader understands their entire being. They recognize they are not defined by what they do, but who they are. Holistic leadership is also organizational; however, we are going to look at it from a personal leadership standpoint.
For an individual to be whole and complete is a challenge because no matter how hard we try to maintain balance, life is always changing. Life brings unexpected complications and opportunities. As a leader we want to become aware of how we best maintain balance and live an integrated life. A holistic leader is self-aware and understands their values and what drives them. A holistic leader knows there is harmony to maintain between both the mind and body as well as relationships, finances, community and spiritual being.
As a leader people are looking to you to maintain symmetry. They do not expect you to be perfect, but they do need their leader to know who they are and live a life that sets an example holistically: body (taking care of your physical body -eating healthy, exercise, and rest), soul (mind, will and emotions) and spirit.
Here are a few things you can do to lead holistically:
1. Know who you are and were you come from
2. Know what your values are and how they tie into your life story – this will help you prioritize
3. Know what motivates you both intrinsically and extrinsically
4. Know how to take care of yourself emotionally , mentally and physically and the importance of valuing and prioritizing these components
5. Be aware of relationships and the value they play in who you are
6. Identify what is important to you spiritually and be true to that
7. Practice financial awareness and balance this with your extrinsic motivations
8. Build a support and accountability group to help you practice being holistic and authentic.
Michelle Braden is the CEO of MSBCoach (an international coaching organization that focuses on executive coaching and leading employee engagement), founder of the Authentic Leadership Summit, the Emerging Executive Leadership Program and the Center for Employee Engagement. Michelle is also an adjunct facility member of the Center for Creative Leadership and the author of three leadership book, “Stand Out”, “Dare to Make a Difference” and “Bottom Line”. She is sought after by executives for coaching based upon her own leadership experience and ability to connect with leaders at a personal level. Michelle is known for “keeping it real”. Her passion is to work with leaders to identify what it takes to lead with authenticity which is knowing your values, key drivers, leadership and communication styles, hot buttons, desired responses and how to keep these areas in alignment. She coaches executives to inspire those they lead to find their work passions, take ownership of what they do, create balance and bring their best selves to work each day.
Most recently Michelle has worked with executives form the FRB of Richmond, UVA Medical Center, Darden Business School, ILuka Resources and Capital One Financial.