By Luke Iorio, CEO of iPEC, who supported Bruce D Schneider in the initial and ongoing research of Energy Leadership which ultimately led to the publication of the book and creation of the assessment and development system now in use by approximately 700 coaches in a variety of niches.
If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you check out the website “The Co@ching Commons,” which provides “online breaking news, original reporting, and reader commentary for professional coaches worldwide.”
The site recently featured an article on The Energy Leadership Trend that spoke of Energy Leadership as a “new trend in executive coaching.” Several iPEC coaches were quoted in the well-written article.
Some wonderful comments and insightful comparisons were offered in response to this article and the Energy Leadership construct. I thought I would add a few additional clarifiers especially in regard to how NLP, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, and Positive Psychology fit into this picture.
Several of the methodologies mentioned (as well as conscious evolution, meta-physics, human development and conditioning, hypnotherapy, and numerous other disciplines) were researched and applied over the course of 25 years by Bruce D Schneider, and several of them are aspects of the approach, assessment, and development system that ultimately was created. These various fields all involve a combination of two things: understanding of the human condition and methodologies for creating shifts and movement within an individual. The one piece that was missing — which is what the Energy Leadership construct was built on — was the specific function and proven laws of energy.
Energy needs to be generally considered in two respects to understand this construct. First, energy is either catabolic (destructive, draining, resistant) or anabolic (regenerative, expanding, constructive). Catabolic and anabolic energy are part of naturally occurring biological processes. These processes are typically triggered by our perceptions of events, resulting in hormonal releases in the body. Understanding energy and its relationship to our perceptions (truly our consciousness) yields a powerful form of leadership. This perhaps may be better understood by rephrasing the brand as Leading Energy.
In the second respect, energy in either form relates to four quadrants for each individual — spiritual, psychological, emotional, and behavioral. All quadrants must be addressed in a holistic manner to create sustainable results.
It’s these two underlying areas of energy that enhance our understanding of human conditioning and methodologies for change. The Energy Leadership construct provides a predictive model that helps a client understand their level of consciousness — their over-riding view of their internal and external world. It is through this model that a coach can help clients dramatically increase their awareness, understand the very core of their perceptions, beliefs, and behaviors, and provide them the know how to make substantial and sustainable shifts.
Two white papers are to be released in the coming months that discuss the use and application of this coaching methodology and the correlation of the Energy Leadership approach to significant double digit increases in 14 indicators of success and well being.
For those of you who haven’t read it, I suggest you pick up the book on Amazon or your Kindle. It’s a quick read with a wealth of insights into coaching, leadership, and human behavior.