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Leadership Development Skills

At Move As One, we work with you to renew, embody, and strengthen your effectiveness. In private meetings and group programs, we co-create with you to activate your unique path forward. With us, you can improve your professional satisfaction by reaching new clarity, focus, and alignment as an authentic leader.

Our leadership development training programs are for managers and employees, as well as entrepreneurs and mission-oriented leaders. We provide in-person and online leadership training in Minnesota.

Authentic Leadership Training Activities

It can be challenging to understand what it means to be a “good” leader, no matter if you have just assumed a leadership role or have been managing your team for some time. It’s often simple to rely on adjectives like assertive, inspirational, and confident when trying to define the qualities of a great leader.

What about “authentic”? Although the concept of authentic leadership is not new—it has its roots in Ancient Greek philosophy, which proposed that authenticity is a crucial state of being and gives you influence over your destiny—it might nonetheless seem like a unique aspect of leadership in our current times.

This management approach involves being sincere, self-aware, and open. By continually expressing with mindful awareness, an authentic leader is able to engender loyalty and trust within one’s team and organization. In fact, the single best predictor of a worker’s job satisfaction is authentic leadership.

Authentic Leadership Program

cycle of five elements: metal, water, wood, fire, earth

This time calls for a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more integrated, intentional, and authentic way. Authentic leadership emerges from mindful, aware consciousness. Authentic leadership inspires meaningful, co-creative engagement to care for the whole.

Our unique leadership development training guides you to embody your presence, passion, and purpose. Learn to facilitate others as a masterful agent to change while attuning to the highest wisdom of your work.

Authentic leaders:

  • can move us beyond our current conditioning, to heal trauma, integrate emotional intelligence, and tend to ecosystems for wholeness;

  • motivate from the inside-out, and develop a greater capacity within others to create the future for all to thrive; and

  • develop skills to navigate with uncertainty, align with body wisdom, derive clarity from the formless, and activate from wholeness.

The Authentic Leadership program helps you renew culture from the inside out. It energizes and empowers you to stay inspired on purpose and develop a balanced, successful organization. Learn the energy, action, and awareness needed to move from old conditioning to an ecosystem awareness for whole system transformation. Using the Move As One™ system, you can cultivate a perspective that moves in rhythm with our natural order – to “move as one” within yourself, your community, and your environment.

Overall, this program will help you:

  • Increase your impact

  • Renew your passion and purpose

  • Improve your intuitive decision-making skills

  • Facilitate co-creative movements, and

  • Cultivate whole system change

Authentic leaders understand how the laws of nature play out in teams and organizations. They identify imbalances within team dynamics, organizational relationships, and workplace environments. They use practical ways to create synergy based on balanced replenishment and expenditure. They inspire creativity and productivity by unleashing the natural flow of life force.

Need help on your leadership journey? Contact us to get the Authentic Leadership program.

Mindful Manager Program

The Move As One mindful leadership course helps new and experienced managers attune to their purposeful direction while staying resilient and inspired.

This program inspires and supports your wisdom to:

  • Stay in rhythm with yourself

  • Fulfill your purpose

  • Develop financial well-being

  • Collaborate with others

Engage your mindful leadership skills in this five-part program:

  • Part 1: Clarify your passion and purpose

  • Part 2: Know it in your bones (improve decisions)

  • Part 3: Build a balanced team

  • Part 4: Engage others

  • Part 5: Cultivate and sustain a thriving culture

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Overall, the Mindful Manager program will help you:

  • Increase your performance and productivity

  • Clarify and fulfill your purpose

  • Improve your mindful leadership skills

  • Engage teamwork, and

  • Cultivate a positive environment

Need help as a new manager? Contact us to get the Mindful Manager program.

Other Writings

As we navigate this evolving world with its new laws, cultures, and surroundings, leaders are expected to be skilled change agents. But it is challenging to remain energized and possess mental clarity through these times of chaos. You can feel overwhelmed, worried, disconnected, and unable to satisfy the obligations expected of you.

It’s essential that you have a solid idea of who you are as a leader, including your talents, shortcomings, and values. If you’re unsure of who you are or what you stand for in the first place, it’s tough to show authenticity as a leader. Being self-aware is essential for functioning as a good leader and having compassion for your team and how your team members could interpret your criticism.

Leadership is not the place for passive aggression, subtle messages, or complicated feedback. You must be sincere, forthright, and honest with your team if you want to encourage authenticity in its truest sense. Tell them if they messed up, so they would know where they stand.

A real leader understands when to put the needs of the business and its clients ahead of those of themselves and their staff. In the end, a leader should be more concerned with acting morally for the long-term success of the company than with advancing their own interests.

A leader must also possess strong moral principles and integrity, and they must uphold these qualities in the face of the temptation to take quick shortcuts.

In the end, authenticity is a leadership skill similar to any other. Depending on your deliberate efforts, a skill can always be strengthened (or diminished) over time. However, if you want to be able to manage your team as effectively as they deserve, it’s crucial that you keep your attention on acting authentically whenever possible

Current Position

As the workforce changes, the future is unstable. For many of us, the normal way of engaging is met with resistance. Our diverse workforce landscape continues to develop with cultural differences and generational changes requiring new ways to fill the communication gaps.

Overall, we are living in disruptive times. Our inner and outer ecosystems are out of balance. Stress and trauma have become all too common, and confusion is pulling us in many directions. Our old organizational models do not support the current movement toward sustainable ecosystems and prosperity for all.

In fact, our current systemic structures (healthcare, education, financial, and so on) are causing stress, distraction, suppression, injustices, and even destruction. They contribute to the detriment and destruction of our inner and outer ecosystems and continue to pull upon one’s worth and ability to effectively collaborate and grow.

As systems break down and changes continue to speed up, reactivity is becoming an automatic response. Reactive communication and decision-making do not generally come from wisdom and often contribute to the chaos and trauma.

In March 2019, Harvard Business Review reported that the number one reason for lack of engagement is poor leadership.

New thought leaders are pointing to the whole being with discussions on emotional and somatic intelligence, spiritual wisdom, and our interconnected natures. A few such leaders include Eckhart Tolle, Brene Brown, and Otto Scharmer. Eckhart Tolle, Thich Nhat Hanh, and other eastern monks are pointing to mindfulness, the power of presence, and releasing the ego. Brene Brown, on the other hand, speaks about the importance of vulnerability and the influence of shame and guilt.

Currently, we know a great deal about what leaders do and how they do it. But we know very little about the inner place, the source from which they operate, as Otto Scharmer puts it.

As we become more mindful, other somatic organizations, including the Heart Math Institute, and brain-based organizations are explaining the importance of nutrition and somatic care for our bodies. At the same time, eastern approaches continue to influence our experiential learning with qigong, yoga, and constellations for systemic understandings.

Otto Scharmer from MIT summarizes the call for leadership as follows:

“We are living in a time of massive institutional failure, collectively creating results that nobody wants. Climate change. Hunger. Poverty. Violence. Terrorism. Destruction of communities, nature, life nature, life—the foundations of our social, economic, ecological, and spiritual well-being. This time calls for a new consciousness and a new collective leadership capacity to meet challenges in a more conscious, intentional, and strategic way.”

The point is, new leadership is required to move beyond our current conditioning to heal trauma and integrate emotional intelligence. Ecosystems need to be tended to for wholeness. We need to be inclusive.

The realization of an integrated and balanced leadership style is dawning, requiring a balance in feminine and masculine energies. Learning to navigate with uncertainty, integrate body wisdom, emerge clarity from the formless, and rebuild from wholeness are necessary skills.

Authentic, meaningful, engaging, and co-creative leadership is required.

In contrast to transactional leadership, authentic leadership is emerging as a better solution. This style of leadership comes from a new consciousness and inspires engagement and systemic change. These leaders authentically motivate from the inside out and develop within themselves and those they lead a capacity to create a future of greater possibilities for all to thrive and move as one.


Our past leadership models were rooted in a hierarchy and capitalistic mindset with a win-lose view – the survival of the fittest. Gaining more market share was the motivating force, often to the detriment of other indicators. Employees looked to their leaders for direction, at times as heroes, and masculine energy was more predominant.

Our old conditioning for “power over leadership” stems from numerous sources, including the educational systems that we were taught to follow. This mindset enabled the workforce to remain more consistent and stay in positions for an average of 7.5 years; often motivated from a sense of loyalty and sometimes, fear.

Transactional Leadership

Rewards were given based on expected performance and contingent rewards. Errors and shortcomings were communicated based on these specific goals. This is referred to as “transactional leadership,” an exchange, where each party does something for the other, a give and take.

Empowerment Movement in 80s and 90s

In the eighties and nineties, a number of thought leaders, including Peter Senge, Peter Drucker, Joel Barker, and others, initiated an empowered movement. Dan Pink summarizes the three main drivers of employees as 1) autonomy, 2) purpose, and 3) mastery. As people woke up to their creative energy and became more empowered, the complex systems of organizations split into other systems.

Turnover is a consistent concern

As a result, turnover has become a more consistent part of our work environment. More employees resign from corporations and are only staying for an average of 1.5 years. A surge toward entrepreneurialism continues to grow. Now, nearly half the workforce is made up of independent freelancers.

Technology growth

In the meantime, technology has grown significantly, bringing efficiencies and easier access to broader opportunities and a global marketplace. At the same time, technology also contributes to feelings of overwhelm and chaos. Our workforce is primarily expected to be “on” and available to the demands of clients around the clock. Technology tends to take us out of our bodies and we often lose our connection with our innate, natural wisdom.

Brains are rewiring and new leadership is dawning

As communication changes are impacted by technology, our brains are rewiring. The dawn of new leadership is rising as generations adapt to the times. Millennials appear to be more creative and team-based leaders and less demanding of money and status.

Women, too, are stepping into leadership positions in many arenas and launching a plethora of new businesses. Over the last decade, the “Me Too” movement has accelerated the need to broaden women’s financial impact and transform our collective consciousness. Although biases against women in corporate leadership positions have decreased dramatically over the last half-decade, there remain subtle perspectives that continue to undermine and limit women’s access to power.

Mindfulness over the last 20 years

Over the last twenty years, in response to all the stress, mindfulness has developed as a necessary movement for sanity in our current day. In the west, it was developed as a stress-reduction technique and primarily practiced outside of work. As more people are finding yoga, somatic practices, and other mindfulness practices, they continue to build awareness for the wide positive influence these practices have in supporting our emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental faculties.

Future Outlook

We need to prepare leaders for a different kind of future, one that will be constantly changing and increasingly interconnected, interdependent, and complex. Some things are coming to an end as old structures crumble. At the same time, new structures are rising up, some from the rubble.

A new workforce is emerging from our creatively empowered, autonomous workforce along with our global interconnection and developing social and emotional wisdom. Many in our current workforce will be displaced as technology, and in particular, Artificial Intelligence catapults us all into new dimensions.

As a result, leaders need to be aware as masterful change agents in a new world. According to MIT’s Presencing movement and Fritjof Capra on systems in the social sciences, we need to incorporate three aspects: the ecological, the social, and the spiritual. In eastern wisdom, these aspects are referred to as the three energies: earth, humanity, and heaven.

How do we lead today and engage resilience within our organizations? How do we not only respond to change but create change?

Leaders need to evolve their understanding of who they are, who we are, and what we can create together. Through the conscious evolution of individuals and organizations, we can address the root causes of systemic issues and locate the missing pieces in our three aspects, our three energies. We need to move beyond imbalances and develop new skills to see change and respond proactively.

Systemic change is possible by utilizing a framework that integrates the energy, actions, and awareness needed to “move as one”. Using a whole-system approach, we can integrate our ecological, social, and spiritual divides and balance feminine and masculine energies. This inspires people and organizations to grow organically and motivates employees from within. A whole-system approach moves us beyond our limited capacities and aligns us with our innate nature.

How do we do this? Authentic Leadership.

Authentic leadership begins by knowing yourself, being real with yourself from the purity of heart, and following your inner guidance. As one changes the quality of attention to internal awareness, it becomes easier to follow clear inspiration. Through alignment with your body, mind, heart, and spirit, one balances from within and reaches a place of peace, wisdom, and wholeness … and moves as one.

Moving as one means we include, ignite, and co-create with all the elements for whole-system change; our greater good. Each of us is a living, breathing, and walking ecosystem, a movement of nature. When we move as one, we are in rhythm with our natural ecosystem. This changes from reacting to engaging and pollinating healthy ecosystems within ourselves, work, family, environment, and community. It guides us to be nimble, flexible, responsive, and authentic by redirecting attention from the exterior to the inner way of seeing.

To be authentic means we integrate the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual forces of our nature. From this position, authentic leadership draws upon unique gifts to consciously rise up to meet what is next, clear the way forward, and respond in ways that transform confusion. Authentic leaders can see the ecosystem in all living organisms and knows that when one part is out of balance, all areas suffer; it impacts the whole.

As masterful change agents, authentic leaders facilitate others to move as one as individuals and together, through co-creative conversations, to help with the emergence of a greater future. They renew organizational culture by creating conditions and hosting environments to reveal the natural flow and guide others to their authentic selves knowing each person contributes to that culture.

People can be taught through experiential, embodied learning activities and authentic leadership. We re-member how to move as one. Many of us have experienced healthy ecosystems where all people, entities, and elements are nourished and working for the whole. It feels natural, harmonious and in tune with our innate rhythm. It is easy and joyful to be in these healthy ecosystems that work well and help all participants prosper.

Authentic leadership understands how the laws of nature play out in teams and organizations. They identify imbalances within team dynamics, organizational relationships, and workplace environments. They use practical ways to create synergy based on balanced replenishment and expenditure. They inspire creativity and productivity by unleashing the natural flow of the life force.

Contact Julie at julie@move-as-one.com. Let’s emerge into a bright future, together.

Mindful Managers are implementors, creatives, healers, encouragers, seekers, changemakers, connectors, motivators, achievers …

 My intentions behind these offerings are to: 

  • restore the integrity of body, mind, heart, and soul, 
  • help balance our world with YIN (feminine) wisdom, 
  • nourish/develop our intuitive wisdom, 
  • release old paradigms of confusion and blind-spots, 
  • heal wounds of imbalance, 
  • enable self compassion . . . 

And finally, align with love, and co-create a better world together!

Just wanted to let you know how beautifully today went. It seemed like everyone benefitted in a big way. You have certainly made this process a powerful one. You are masterful at facilitating the information and guiding us along the way. Thank you.
Julie was instrumental in my company's expansion; we have tripled in size both physically and financially. She provided deep clarity around goals and empowered my team members to be invested and excited about the work. She was patient and also pushed us to think bigger. With her support, I have stepped into my leadership role. Julie cares about the mission of our work and continues to advocate for us. I feel deeply blessed to work with her.
Julie's program was deceptively deep and powerful. Deceptive perhaps because Julie is so clear and gentle and approachable, yet her intention and management was very strong for the outcome. And then hang on for the ride!
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