Why I Work with Reluctant Leaders

Over the last 20 years, I have seen my fair share of leaders, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. I have watched as more and more people clamor to be “thought leaders” while life-hacking their way to success. 

We have become a world that is deeply influenced by shallow leaders who are good at marketing, Insta-success and depicting a “successful” life that is actually devoid of realness. 

We also have plenty of old, white men at the helm pretending to be leaders, but who are really just leading themselves and the people who look, act and think like them. 

I realized years ago that the real leaders are the ones looking to create real change. They are not looking to serve their ego by being considered a “leader”. They want to weave impact and meaning into their lives and their work. They don’t consider themselves traditional “leaders,” and might even shy away from many leadership positions and responsibilities. 

I have started calling these people reluctant leaders.

They step into “leadership” only if they must. They don’t mind being behind the scenes. They are more quiet, reserved, introverted, thoughtful, deep. They are committed to something bigger than themselves. 

Reluctant leaders might find the courage to step into the limelight, but they don’t want it or need it to validate their work or their mission. 

I tend to attract reluctant leaders before they step into the limelight. They have the spark of something burning inside of them. They are either struggling with defining that spark, or something is blocking them from really owning what they are here to do. 

Many of these reluctant leaders are reluctant because the traditional, masculine approach to leadership and business doesn’t resonate with who they are. They have tried to fit into the system before, but it cost them too much of themselves. They found that the masculine way to lead brought imbalance, burnout and misalignment.

My work offers a new approach for reluctant leaders. 

This approach focuses on helping them reclaim their real self so they can achieve fulfillment, joy and freedom. By reclaiming their real self, they step into what I call Intrinsic Leadership™. They lead with the moral and ethical courage to be true to themselves and their values. 

Being aligned with the self like this eliminates burnout and misalignment. It allows these leaders to access their full potential and capacity. They naturally align their work and life with their strengths, gifts and wisdom. 

I also teach effective ways to step into “traditional” leadership positions and businesses without compromising their alignment and strengths. Reclaiming the true self helps you stand firm in the face of old models of leadership that simply will not work any more – for you or for the world.

So many of these reluctant leaders kept themselves small because there hasn’t been a clear pathway to leading as themselves. 

That changes now. 

If you feel like you are a reluctant leader and are ready for more alignment, success and freedom, check out my program

It is time for a new way to lead. 

About Sonya Stattmann

Sonya spent the last 21 years helping thousands of leaders create more ease, alignment & success in their lives, work & business. Her personal development & leadership programs offer individuals permanent & lasting transformation that has a ripple effect on all areas of their lives. Her corporate speaking & leadership workshops transform organizations. She has two podcasts and a TEDx talk called Moving Beyond #Empowerment. She is currently traveling around the world with her husband and two children.

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