Leader as Healer

Welcome to a new vision of leadership. This powerful training is designed to give leaders and leadership teams the frameworks and practices that will take your work to new levels of coherence, service and impact. The leadership that is needed now in these ever more turbulent times.

The Leaders
that are needed now

We are now entering a world in which pandemics and climate emergencies have become the “new abnormal.” In the old leadership model ‘great’ leaders are drivers of action, their goals primarily instrumental – maximize profit, growth and shareholder returns – and their relationships transactional. Dominated by a rational modality divorced from feeling and sensing, their power rests in the wielding of a metaphorical sword on the battlefield of relentless competition.

These leaders operate from what I call a ‘narrow bandwidth,’ characterized by the primacy of the rational, strategic mind, and a disconnection from their emotional and physical selves. They function almost constantly in a “Doing” modality with little or no access to “Being.” So, action becomes an end in itself.

While the linear mind seeks to reduce everything to details that can be known and predicted, complexity does not and never will yield to such an approach. Much needed higher levels of innovative thinking and intelligence remain closed until we can operate from a more unified interior.

Healers are leaders who have highly developed rational minds but have also raised their emotional and physical ‘bodies’ to a similar pitch. They have explored and integrated wounded parts of themselves and developed higher levels of consciousness and innovative capacity, abilities that all cultures have described for thousands of years. They bring their thinking, emotional and embodied selves to the figurative leadership table together and thus have access to a vastly bigger range of perception and intelligence than the thinking mind alone can offer.

About the Programme

The new leadership model

Presenting The Leader as Healer

The Leader as Healer operates from an inner foundation of connectedness and builds high performance cultures accordingly.

The programme provides the frameworks and practices to make this a reality. Individual leaders will be enabled to take your leadership to a completely new level of impact and effectiveness. Teams will gain the significant added value of a power of mutual connection and coherence.


Highest Performance

Enables an organisation both to move towards its highest performance potential, and to become a genuinely positive agent of contribution to society.

Strategic & Emotional Balance

Has highly developed rational and strategic capacities but has also developed their emotional selves and their relational intelligence.

Being & Doing

Operates from an integration of Being and Doing, right and left brain, pro-activity and receptivity, rationality and intuition.

Integration & Connectedness

Has explored and sufficiently integrated wounded parts of themselves. Builds cultures of ‘Presence’ on a foundation of connectedness.

Nurturing and Regenerative

Creates a work culture that is deeply nurturing and regenerative for employees and communities in which people naturally give the best of themselves.

The Scalpel vs The Blunt Sword

Uses power as a precise scalpel rather than a blunt sword, excising ‘tumours’ from teams and organisations while, like all good surgeons, doing minimum damage to the body.

Higher Consciousness

Learns to access higher levels of consciousness and innovative capacity. Establishes a consistent inner connection to Silence.


Restores an embodied, grounded Presence that transmits: “I’m here, and I’m available”.

To conclude:

The training is above all designed to support you to embed these qualities into your lived daily reality.

There is nothing more inspiring and nothing more urgent than leaders who include the very best of rational thinking while operating from a deeper level of wisdom and intelligence.

Our future is at stake.

The time is Now.



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

The Programme
  • 6 online modules of 3 hours each
  • Limited to 20 participants
  • Extensive Q&A Sessions
  • Practice in groups of 3 or 4, with supervision from Nicholas where appropriate
  • Access to a private online community platform


  • All classes will be recorded, video and audio.
  • All participants will receive a workbook
  • Additional reading material
  • Homework

Contact me to discuss the best format for your organisation

“The key leadership challenge of our time is to shift the inner place from which we operate. As individuals, as teams, as institutions, and as societies we all face the same issue: that doing ‘more of the same’ won’t fix flawed and failed systems. We have to leave behind our old tools and behaviours and immerse ourselves in the places of most potential. We have to listen with our minds and hearts wide open, and then connect with our deep sources of knowing and self.”

Otto Scharmer


Establishing a new integration of Being and Doing – a foundational part of the work of Leader as Healer.

Each has a series of capacities and competencies. They are equally important, and completely different. In our full potential they are richly integrated in a deeper internal location of Presence, in which thinking, feeling and sensing function as a coherent unit of high, multi-faceted intelligence.

Restoring a more unitive and coherent function is central to the mission of Leader as Healer. The ‘feeling/sensing’ body is brought to the same pitch as the ‘thinking body’, and as this occurs that a person and a system can move into a powerful new coherence between mind, body and heart.


  • From Culture of ‘Absence’ to Culture of ‘Presence’
  • Understanding the different modalities of Being/Doing, the over-dominance of Doing, and why a new integration of the two is essential
  • Mindfulness as a core practice
  • The neuroscience of mindfulness
  • Making our rational mind our ‘servant’ rather than our ‘master’
  • Moving from fragmentation to coherence
  • The meaning of Presence – “I am here and I am available”
  • Restoring the ‘Right to Be’
  • Accessing information through multiple modalities
  • Inner Silence as a primary resource

“People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I think that what we’re really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive.”

                  Joseph Campbell, ‘The Power of Myth’


 “When we begin to inhabit the body as a primary way of sensing, feeling and knowing the world, then we find that we as human beings are in a state of intimate relationship and connection with all that is”

Reginald Ray: ‘Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realisation in the Body’


Our bodies are hardwired to be a key source of our connection to life, our responsiveness to the world. They are the gateway to a primary aliveness, to multiple layers of information and direct ‘knowing’, and to a deep sense of being ‘at home’ in ourselves.

As adults, our disconnection from our body makes the culture of absence inevitable. When we leave our bodies, we leave ourselves in a fundamental way. We cannot be present, ‘here and available’ and when a leader is ungrounded, we instinctively feel less safe in their presence.

Restoring our connection to our body is therefore one of the foundational parts of the work of Leader as Healer.


  • Restoring our connection to our bodies, breaking our habit of ‘disembodiment’
  • Understanding how physically open we were as children and how and why we closed this down and then forgot/normalised the closure
  • The body as primary gateway to grounded aliveness and Presence
  • The wisdom and ‘knowing’ capacity of the body
  • The power of establishing and anchoring simultaneous inner and outer attention
  • Working with the breath
  • Grounding exercises
  • The role of practices such as Yoga, Qigong
  • Simple, practical everyday tools to maintain embodied Presence
  • Establishing your own practice




Vulnerability is at the heart of our human capacity for empathy; for suffering, but also for joy; for hurt, but also for compassion; for loneliness, but also for connection. When we are most vulnerable, we are most alive, most open to all the dimensions of existence. In our vulnerability is our power.”

                  Miriam Greenspan: “Healing Through the Dark Emotions”


“The deeper the sorrow, the greater the joy”

William Blake

Our emotions are the gateway to our deep humanity and to a richly heartfelt and empathic relationship to life. Re-writing our relationship to emotion is another essential part of the inner work of Leader as Healer.

The way we relate or more often do not relate to our emotions is one of the biggest sources of fragmentation and disconnectedness in our culture. Most corporate cultures live in a chronic fear of emotions, and therefore endorse the belief that they are weak, unpredictable and ultimately counterproductive. Our inability to embrace our emotional life more fully distances us from life and risks incurring the gradual numbing of our hearts.


When we feel safe enough to allow fear or sadness to flow freely, we experience a very different result.

That the flow of fear grounds us deeply in our body, opens our energy, and is altogether a very connecting emotion. That the flow of sadness or grief deeply relaxes us and melts our hearts, leaving us feeling tender, open, and compassionate towards ourselves and the world.



  • Remembering why EQ is one of the most highly rated leadership capacities
  • Understanding our motional map – the four key emotions
  • Re-writing the concept of ‘positive’/’negative’ emotion
  • Recognising how much our lives are driven by the unprocessed hurts and scars of our early life and by how much we suppress our emotions as adults
  • That fear does not and has never ‘blocked’ us
  • Harnessing the energy locked in our emotions
  • Emotion as a key connector





“Just had a xxxx board meeting. Everybody was in the usual strategic planning mode. I asked the question ‘how is the leadership team feeling?’. It was a cathartic conversation and something completely different opened up in the call. It became one of the most powerful and ‘connecting’ conversations in a team that I have ever experienced”

 Memo from a CEO client during the Covid-19 crisis, also a board member of a major US chain


 “The heart that breaks open can contain the whole universe”

                        Joanna Macy



Once people feel secure enough to speak openly with each other about their fears, the floodgates of new ideas and solutions always open. This is how energy works – when the physical tension we use to suppress emotion is relaxed, the blocked energy then naturally metabolizes into free-flowing energy.


  • Deepening your understanding and practice of listening
  • Upgrading your relational capacity
  • The power of authentic conversations
  • Developing the Presence required to hold space for authentic conversations
  • The importance of making our language much more precise – connecting mind and heart
  • Understanding appropriate openness and appropriate boundaries
  • The power of robust vulnerability
  • Building team connectedness
  • Deepening Presence as the gateway to innovation




“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognised by yourself as a mighty one, the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy”

                               George Bernard Shaw


“Nobody grows old living a number of years, people grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.

                                     Unknown author


Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than boredom; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

                                          Studs Terkel


Purpose arises from the deepest essence of who we are.

No amount of money or anything material can possibly come close to living with a sense of purpose and meaning.

As Carl Jung reminded us, a life without depth is most grievous wound of all to our soul.


Purpose is always about contributing, about serving something beyond oneself. This sits in stark contrast to the rampant personal, corporate and national self-interest that is driving so many of our current crises.

It is also the ground of our deepest happiness, satisfaction and fulfilment



  • Coming home to the ‘the work that I was born to do’
  • Understanding what is ‘the work’ that is mine to do
  • To what am I most truly devoted?
  • What is my true gift to life, my most natural contribution?
  • Reviewing how I have departed from or stayed true to purpose, and the forces that have influenced that
  • Recognising the circumstances and circles of people that support me staying true
  • The ‘5 regrets of the dying’
  • Soul needs vs ego needs
  • Birthing a new intentionality
  • Stepping into your truest ‘shoes’


“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good dead: his eyes are closed.”   

                                           Albert Einstein


“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life

I was a bride married to amazement

I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder

if I have made of my life something particular, and real,

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,

or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.”

                                        Mary Oliver


In this final Module we:

  • review and summarise the key principles and practices we have covered
  • review and summarise how they become embedded in our ongoing development
  • review and concretise the intention of becoming a Leader as Healer, and the key practices to take forward
  • decide on the best learning support frameworks between participants


And we ask ourselves:

  • Where is the place of wonder in my life?
  • What are the ways I can most deeply and consistently support myself and each other in my devotion to contribute?

Key Benefits

Understanding and practicing the core capacities of Leader as Healer


Integrate transformational mindfulness practices into your everyday life


Breakthrough inspiration, experiences and insights


Increased emotional intelligence, strong inner ground


Higher levels of creativity and innovation capacity


More integrated right and left-brain functioning


Clearer alignment with your sense of purpose


The embodiment of powerful new levels of presence that will transmit inspiration, creativity, and connectedness within your organization.


New tools to help those under your leadership achieve their highest potential


Open new sources of energy and resilience within you

Nicholas’ presence, ability to relate (on many levels) and deeply connect with me and my management staff has profoundly impacted how the team works together and leads.  The teaching he provides is a perfect blend of concepts and embodied activities that has resulted in immediate, transformative change.  I can’t wait to see what we create next…

David Graffy President, ProLift Industrial Equipment

“Nicholas Janni is quite exceptional as a man leading transformational work at this time in the world. As a trusted colleague he is simply a joy to work with – because he has developed the capacity to focus and listen so intently, and with such perception, that profound change takes place. When he works with parties in conflict, they can begin to understand the feelings of the ‘other’, moving from the head to the heart. Supporting corporate clients, he can enable shifts in the level of consciousness in an entire room. This is transformational skill at the highest and most sophisticated level.”

Dr. Scilla Elworthy Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Author, Societal & Political Change Maker

“Nicholas Janni is a world-class speaker, coach and workshop conductor with tremendous insight and compassion. He has the unique ability to pinpoint issues or beliefs and take you to the depths of your heart and soul. I give him my highest endorsement.”

Marcia Wieder CEO, Dream University and best selling author

I’ve asked Nicholas to teach in every major leadership development program I run at the IMD Business School and elsewhere. Why? Because I’ve never seen anyone have a more sustainable, transformational impact on leaders than he does. He’s simply the best.

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

Individual, Organisational & Societal Outcome

We are living in times that are ever more challenging and unstable. Behind the more immediate pandemic there is a climate emergency that threatens our very existence.

In times of crisis we either hunker down and try to re-enforce how we were and what we already know, or we choose to evolve to a higher level of functioning.

Leader as Healer addresses the individual, organisational and societal need for much more integrated and coherent leadership, for creating win-win scenarios, for mutual connectivity and care, and for a new sense of ‘we’ that has the best chance of creating a better future at all three levels.

It is the Leadership that is needed now.

Frequently Asked Questions

The programme is carefully designed to optimise integration.

Access to the recordings, video and audio of each class, allows each person to digest the training at their own pace.

In addition there will be many simple practices that bring natural development.

The nature of such a training is that it will stay with you for many months afterwards.

There will be no pressure whatsoever to speak during classes.

Nor will there be any pressure to participate in breakout exercises if it does not suit you.

It has been my experience that if participation is agreed between you it is immensely valuable

Absolutely not!

You will learn simple and immediately applicable practices

And people who do have experience will almost certainly find something new in what I teach

1:1 Coaching will be available with members of Nicholas’ team, at extra cost