Coaching for Sensitive Leaders

We Healthy Sensitive Professionals (HSPs) and introverts need to stop trying to hide – either behind an extroverted thick-skinned mask or behind closed walls – and instead start living lives that look like us. Because by coming fully alive as ourselves , we do the world a pretty big favor. 

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I am by no stretch of anyone’s imagination at the finish line of any of my life goals. I plan on being en route for as long as I’ve got a heartbeat. But I will tell you this… When I wake up every morning, I definitely feel fully alive. 

My aim is to help others – especially highly sensitive people and introverts – feel the same. 

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.

Howard Thurman

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Offering 30 minute, 1 hour, and 90 minute one-on-one sessions. Find support that is right for you.

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Join a group of fellow HSP’s all exploring what makes us come alive (without getting wiped out).

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Leah Burkhart, NBC- HWC

I am passionate about health. That translates into all the work I do. Whether as a health educator – where I help give people the tools to improve their well-being…or as a private coach, where I aim to help empathic executives and leaders to keep doing the amazing work they do…while keeping their vitality intact in the process.

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Welcome all Sensitive Leaders!

You are a bit of a paradox.

You are sensitive, compassionate, and yearn for tranquility. You feel things deeply, and enjoy quiet spaces. You want to feel like you can breathe and have room to just be.

 

And…

You are curious, ambitious and feel pulled to take courageous steps into the unknown. You are a dreamer. A leader. A traveler. An explorer. You want to leave this world better than where you found it.

 

It’s why you’re so good at what you do.

People love to hire you. They also love to promote you. They love your creativity. You’re an excellent manager, because you instinctively know which employees need extra attention and which just need space. You easily come up with dynamic solutions to complex problems.

 

The only trouble is…You’re absolutely exhausted

On the outside, you look like you’re coasting along. But on the inside, you’re drowning, and you don’t quite know what to do about it. You’re physically, emotionally and intellectually burned out. You’re noticing that your take on the world has gotten more cynical than it used to be. And it feels like it will never get any better.

 

It feels like you have to choose between one of two options

You can either have a meaningful career and purposeful work…OR…you can retreat into the shadows, let go of your dreams, and work only on your health. So do you want to have work you are excited about? Or do you want to have your sanity?

 

But what if I told you that you don’t have to choose?

You might be a sensitive soul, but that doesn’t make you weak. You are resilient. Creative. Thoughtful. Conscientious. You keep your team on point. You not only help people around you, emotionally…but you also get results. This world NEEDS you. But you don’t have to sacrifice your health and well being to make a difference. You can have BOTH your health and a lucrative and meaningful career.

The Healthy Sensitive Manifesto…

Health is one of the worthiest endeavors we can strive to cultivate.

To be “healthy” is not merely to dodge a diagnosis, narrow one’s waistline or postpone one’s mortality. It is to be whole. It is to court, fall in love with and wed one’s self. And to show up to that relationship every. Single. Day. Always with the hope of becoming a fraction more resilient than one was yesterday. It is to challenge one’s assumptions about what is possible or desirable in this life and ask, always, “are you sure? Could we maybe try this? What if we just went a little further?”

Built into the word “sensitive” is the word “sense” as in – to have sense.

It is to be capable of sense-ing. Thus to be sensitive is not to be weak or easily conquered. Rather, to be sensitive is to be quick to respond. It is to be curious and adaptable. Primed for resilience. Tuned in to nuance and subtlety of meaning. Aware. Awake. Alive. Sensitive is not a derogatory word. It’s a useful trait. Our job is to use it, rather than allowing it to use us

To be a Healthy Sensitive means to be balanced.

You are open and vulnerable enough to be able to make meaningful connections with people; and you are firm and clear with regard to where your boundaries reside. You know when it is appropriate to test your limitations, and when it’s appropriate to rest. You know when to serve and when to request aid. You know when to speak, and you know when to listen. Your actions reflect integrity – a willingness to practice your values rather than merely give lip service to them. In short, to be a healthy sensitive is to be self-aware, resilient, and honest in word and deed.

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For highly sensitive people and introverts who want to see a fellow sensitive attempt to practice her own preachings (and watch as she stumbles in the process). One of the best pieces of medicine we can gift ourselves with is the reminder that no one is perfect. So if that crazy lady on the Healthy Sensitive can try things and fall on her face…surely you can too.

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