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Existential Executive Coaching


Real time pressures and stress of leading

Under the real time experience of pressure, leaders and managers are confronted by the challenges of:

  • making decisions;

  • taking risks;

  • forming judgments;

  • embracing responsibility;

  • choosing how to respond to situations;

  • engaging and making promises and commitments with care; and

  • developing concern for the network of relationships in which they lead and manage.


These acts are often undertaken in the context of complexity, ambiguity, and uncertainty.

More and more leaders need to embrace anxiety, a dominant response to the unknown and the unfamiliar.


Existential dimensions of leadership pressure

These challenges are existential because a leader is formed by the way they respond to these challenges. Embracing existential challenges allows for the development and growth of a leadership mindset, emotional intelligence and attitude. Refusing existential challenges leads to defensive styles of leading characterized by tunnel vision, being unresponsive to the winds of change and missing opportunities to “seize the day.”


The importance of an existential attitude

At the core of existential philosophy and psychology is the belief that a leadership mindset and way of being is shaped by a leader’s response to existential challenges in the real time experience of action and pressure. 

Existential Executive Coaching offers leaders the opportunity to embrace existential challenges to develop an empowered, authentic mindset and set of attitudes.


Existential coaching process

The existential coaching process is based on a set of frameworks and forms of thinking that are drawn from existential philosophers and psychologists. These frameworks see emotions as a key dimension of thinking. The emotional dimensions of thinking include thinking under conditions of surprise, bewilderment, perplexity, and being puzzled. They centre on developing a felt sense of thinking to develop leadership growth.


Benefits of an existential framework

Working through existential challenges is crucial for leaders and managers in developing a holistic approach to leading. A holistic approach to leading includes:

  1. Developing vision through insight, hindsight, and foresight;

  2. Developing authentic relationships throughout the organization;

  3. Turning the tensions of diversity and inclusion into opportunities for developing a shared mindset;

  4. Developing a healthy mental mindset;

  5. Working through the “eye of the storm” of change and transformation;

  6. Developing a global mindset; and

  7. Leadership and management growth and self-development.


This framework will be of interest and benefit to all leaders, managers, coaches, and agents of change who are ready to make a qualitative leap into a new way of thinking, relating, performing and being in organisations.

Existential Executive Coaching is structured to include individual coaching and group coaching workshops.

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