A new Paradigm for 21st Century Leadership

A theoretical and practical path to the highest levels of presence and peak performance leadership, the leadership that is urgently needed to steward our organisations and our cultures towards a thriving and sustainable future

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There is no book that is more important and timely than ‘Leader as Healer’

Michael Watkins
Author of The First 90 Days and Professor of Leadership at IMD

In my decades developing executives at top business schools, Nicholas Janni‚Äôs work has consistently been the most transformational I have witnessed. He is the linchpin of every program I direct. Now, he has extended his profound work on leadership presence to encompass the role of ‚Äúthe leader as healer,‚ÄĚ by which he means a leader equipped to bridge the emotional and the rational and committed to restoring needed balance and achieving sustainability in organizations and societies. Given the existential challenges we face, there is no book that is more important and timely than ‚ÄúLeader as Healer.‚ÄĚ

The world needs every leader to read this book and heed his words

Michelle McMurry-Heath
President and CEO, Biotech Innovation Organization

Nicholas Janni’s book will transform the way leaders lead for decades to come. At this heart-breaking time of global seismic shifts, Janni is asking leaders to heal themselves Рnot for personal advancement or gain, but because it is the only route to healing this broken world. It’s a beautiful, touching, insight-invoking read that will move head, heart, and spirit. The world needs every leader to read this book and heed his words

Read this book. It is a must. Your organization requires it, and our future depends on it.

Bob Anderson
Founder, The Leadership Circle, Co-Author, ‚ÄėMastering Leadership‚Äô and ‚ÄėScaling Leadership‚Äô

This is a most important book for our times. It is far more than other books about how to lead more effectively in the exhaustive complexity of these unparalleled times. For while directly speaking to that, it provides a very complete and precise map of the inner work required of leaders if we are to rise to the occasion of our times. Nicholas compellingly charts the breadth and depth of the terrain we must travel. Read this book. It is a must. Then, get about the business of living into every aspect of it. Your organization requires it and our future depends on it. Not to mention that your wellbeing will be greatly enhanced by it.

Nicholas truly understands the role of modern leadership and captures its very essence in ‘Leader as Healer’

Aaron Puna
CEO Copper Chile, Anglo American Plc

Nicholas truly understands the role of modern leadership and captures its very essence in this book Leader as Healer. I know from our work with him that his ability to connect with people and utilize methods that challenge leaders to deepen their understanding of themselves is remarkable

This remarkable book faces and answers the challenge facing leaders worldwide today.

Dr Scilla Elworthy
three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, founder of the Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct and the Business Plan for Peace.

This remarkable book faces and answers the challenge facing leaders worldwide today, namely, how to balance left brain linear thinking with the extraordinary capacity of the right brain to see the whole picture, and more. The skills of deep listening, empathy, inclusivity and compassion are now recognised and used by those making the wisest decisions in politics, the military, economics, law and justice, as well as in business. These are the skills required if humanity is to survive, and this book tells you how to access them.

In a post COVID-19 world, the corporate world needs a new vision for leaders and leadership. This book delivers just that

Russell Sheldon
Chief Operations & Technology Officer, TMF Group

Nicholas’ insights, passion and unique ability to (re-)connect leaders and their teams with their own humanity sets him apart as the most impactful leadership development coach I know and have personally benefited from. In a post COVID-19 world, the corporate world needs a new vision for leaders and leadership. This book delivers just that.

Why I wrote this book

This is a book about the highest levels of presence and peak performance leadership, and the cultures that ensue from them, in which well-being, results and contribution to the world are naturally interwoven.

It is above all a call:

1. To recognise and break from the chronically imbalanced ways of thinking and functioning that have become the norm in so many corporate cultures, where doing eclipses being, and hyper-rational, analytical thinking relegates feeling, sensing, intuiting and the transpersonal to the outer fringes of life.

2. To understand that to face the scope and threats of 21st-century challenges, today’s leaders must possess potent powers for logic, reason, discernment and strategic forecasting. Yet, they must also be empathic and therefore embodied; grounded and therefore intuitive. They must be skilled in mindfulness and deep listening; present and receptive to higher levels of insight and innovation; able to inspire authentic engagement and collaboration; and possess a clear and wholehearted sense of service, mission and purpose.

I call this leader the Leader as Healer.

Restoring Balance

Being & Doing

The Leader as Healer repairs the disconnection between being and doing, dissolving fragmentation and the struggle of polarisation by integrating the two fundamental modalities. First within ourselves, and then in and with the people we lead. Through this, we achieve much deeper unity and coherence. By bringing mind, body and heart to all we do, we access far more advanced responses to problems, challenges and opportunities. And we become able to access and operate from a much larger field of intelligence.

The Water of Life

Embracing Emotions

Emotions are the gateway to our deeper humanity. Connecting more consciously with our feeling states allows us a richer, more heartfelt and empathic relationship to life and to leadership. This in turn heightens energy and connectedness, which provide the foundation for higher levels of perception, vision, insight and innovation. The way we relate to ‚ÄĒ or, more often, do not relate to ‚ÄĒ our emotions is one of the biggest sources of fragmentation and disconnectedness in our culture. Leader as Healer repairs that fragmentation

Heralding a New Future.

The Call

To recognise the extent to which we have normalised functioning in such a small version of ourselves and reality. To awaken to the game-changing practice of bringing all of ourselves to the table. To show up as Presence. Body, heart, mind and soul as a coherent unity. We have incredible technologies to aid us, but now we need equivalent development in consciousness. If we are to meet the systemic challenges and ecological crises of our time, if we are to enable our organizations to both thrive and contribute to society, our emotional, ethical and spiritual selves must also rise and grow.

New and higher leadership capacities are possible, available and urgently needed, to steward ourselves, our families, our organizations and our societies towards a healthier, more vibrant future for all.

The time is now.

What you will learn in this book

A theoretical and practical path to a new paradigm of leadership.It begins with a foundational principle and then addresses the inner work needed in five interdependent aspects:

  • Foundation ‚ÄĒ Doing and Being
  • Embracing Emotions
  • The Power of Embodiment
  • Living a Life of Purpose
  • The Practice of Mindfulness and Meditation
  • The Call

Throughout the book you will also:

  • Learn many simple, practical exercises and tools for becoming a Leader as Healer
  • Discover how this eminently practical and genuinely transformational approach has been embraced by other leaders


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What clients say about Leader as Healer

Dr Michelle McMurray-Heath

President and CEO Biotech Innovation Organisation

David Graffy

Former President and CEO ProLift Industrial Equipment

Gene Woods

CEO Atrium Health

Who should read this book

Heralds of a New Future

Leaders & Policy Makers  Р Social Entrepreneurs  РTeachers & Students. Р Changemakers in all fields

Throughout the world an ‘awakening’ is taking place in many fields. We are witnessing the birth of a new consciousness, one that is vastly more holistic, one that includes all parts of us, and re-connects us to an embodied experience of ourselves, each other, and the world around us, emerging from a culture of ‘absence’ into the fullness of true presence.
This is the ground out of which higher levels of intelligence and insight arise. Levels that are crucial if we are to serve and steward humanity towards a healthy and sustainable future