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  • Writer's pictureLaura Cardwell

Embodied Leadership: A Paradigm Shift for Personal and Professional Growth





The world is changing, and so are our approaches to success, impact, and leadership. While predictability, control, and excessive thinking have traditionally been heralded as primary leadership strategies, we are witnessing a powerful shift towards a more embodied, intuitive, and emergent approach. This transformation led Meghan O’Malley and Laura Cardwell to create Embodied Leadership By Design (ELBD). ELBD breaks away from the one-size-fits-all approach to leadership, combining decades of personal growth wisdom and Human Design insights to support emerging leaders. This revolutionary approach not only equips professionals, entrepreneurs, and healing practitioners with leadership skills but also fosters deep self-awareness and personal empowerment, promising to redefine our perception and practice of leadership.


Defining Embodied Leadership


Embodied leadership is fundamentally about leading from within. It emphasizes authenticity, self-awareness, and alignment with inner guidance, authentic humanity, and a profound sense of purpose that extends beyond traditional notions of work. Instead of a cookie-cutter approach to success, it acknowledges each person's uniqueness and tailors leadership development to their strengths, authentic passions, spiritual lessons, and natural talents.


The Paradigm Shift


Embodied leadership is reshaping the landscape for professionals, entrepreneurs, and personal growth enthusiasts in the following ways:


  • Authenticity as the Core: Traditional models often push individuals to separate their personal and professional lives. Embodied leadership encourages authenticity in all aspects of life, allowing leaders to connect more deeply with their teams, clients, and partners by embracing their true selves, quirks and all.

  • Self-Awareness as the Guiding Light: Authentically embodied leaders prioritize self-awareness, using it as a catalyst for growth. Instead of chasing external measures of success, they focus on inner exploration, understanding their strengths, weaknesses, and shadows. This self-awareness extends beyond work, enhancing personal relationships and overall well-being.

  • Empowerment through Purpose: Embodied leadership recognizes the importance of purpose for sustained success and positive impact. Clients are encouraged to explore their unique callings and integrate them into their leadership roles. This alignment with purpose fuels motivation, resilience, and impact.

  • Mind-Body Connection: Unlike conventional leadership development that remains confined to the mind, embodied leadership acknowledges the mind-body connection. Practices like mindfulness, meditation, and somatic awareness are integrated into leadership training to reduce stress and enhance decision-making and creativity.

  • Collaboration Over Competition: The new paradigm shifts focus from competition to collaboration, valuing the wellness of the community over individual wins. Leaders understand that mindful, creative, and compassionate collaboration fosters innovation and growth.

  • The Ripple Effect: Whereas most personal growth work focuses almost exclusively on the individual, truly embodied leadership goes far beyond the individual, creating a ripple effect in teams, organizations, families, and communities. Authenticity and self-awareness inspire positive influence and ripples of change in every aspect of leaders' lives.

Our Unique Approach


At Embodied Leadership By Design], we are passionate about catalyzing this paradigm shift through our unique approach to leadership development. We recognize that true leadership begins with personal growth, tailoring our programs to empower individuals to embrace their authenticity, connect with their purpose, and cultivate self-awareness, while also reminding clients and organizations that their individual choices and embodied ways of being ARE their purpose-full contribution to the world..

Our programs cater to:


  • Professionals: Enhance your leadership skills while staying true to yourself, whether you're in a corporate setting or forging your own path.


  • Entrepreneurs: Build your business on a foundation of authenticity, alignment and purpose, ensuring sustainable success.


  • Individuals: Align your life holistically with your design, natural gifts, and truth, leading yourself towards personal fulfillment and well-being.


Embodied leadership isn't just another buzzword; it's a transformative shift that can create more compassionate, authentic, and purpose-driven leaders. It's an inward journey that radiates outward, transforming not only the way we lead but also the world we lead in.

Join us at Embodied Leadership By Design to embark on this profound journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and new paradigm leadership. 



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