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Unveiling the Human Side of Leadership: Insights from Vanessa Broers

Hello, fellow leaders and aspiring change makers! I’m Doug Thorpe, your guide on the journey to enlightened leadership through my podcast, “Leadership Powered by Common Sense.” Today, I’m thrilled to share with you the profound insights from a recent conversation with Vanessa Broers, a remarkable figure who has transitioned from a high-flying corporate career to a coach, speaker, and author with a deep understanding of the human aspects of performance.

The Journey to Human-Centric Leadership

Vanessa’s story is a testament to the transformative power of self-awareness and healing. Starting her career in the C-suite at just 25, she quickly realized that the corporate world, as she knew it, wasn’t aligning with her inner calling. This realization propelled her on a decade-long exploration, from backpacking around the globe to delving into health coaching. Her quest for understanding why some people thrive while others struggle led her to work with high-achieving individuals, uncovering the unhealed wounds that manifest as professional blocks and limitations.

The Culture Shaman: Healing Organizations from Within

Vanessa’s unique approach as a “culture shaman” brings a fresh perspective to corporate environments. She focuses on the unaddressed aspects of leaders’ psyches and spirits, fostering a culture of healing and growth. Her work is a beacon for organizations seeking to navigate the complexities of human dynamics at the helm of leadership.

Recognizing the Call for Help

In our discussion, Vanessa highlighted several warning signs that leaders and professionals often exhibit when they’re in need of guidance:

  • A diminishing sense of fulfillment from achievements, coupled with an insatiable drive for more.
  • A pervasive fear that pausing or stopping will cause everything to crumble.
  • An intuitive sense that something greater awaits, yet it remains elusive and undefined.
  • A feeling of being shortchanged by life, despite having attained significant milestones.
  • The realization that work has ceased to be a source of joy, leading to a ‘joy desert.’

The Leadership Treadmill: Avoiding the Pitfalls

As leaders, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the relentless pursuit of the next big thing—be it a project, promotion, or opportunity. This singular focus can lead to burnout and a neglect of one’s own well-being, as well as that of the team. Leadership, entrepreneurship, and parenting are all intense paths that require a deep commitment to personal and spiritual growth.

The Legacy Question: What Will You Leave Behind?

One of the most profound moments in my coaching career came when I challenged a seasoned leader to consider the legacy he was creating. This shift in focus from external achievements to internal growth can have a ripple effect, transforming not only the leader but also the entire organization.

Embracing the Inner Work: The Path to Renewed Vitality

Vanessa and I agree that the real excitement in leadership begins when we turn our gaze inward. For high performers who’ve seemingly ‘done it all,’ the challenge lies in confronting the internal boredom that stems from ease and familiarity. It’s in embracing the hard, introspective work that leaders can reignite their passion and bring forth unexpected, life-affirming changes.


In conclusion, my conversation with Vanessa Blowers was a powerful reminder that the essence of leadership lies beyond strategies and metrics—it’s rooted in the human spirit. As we navigate our leadership journeys, let’s commit to the inner work that not only propels us forward but also enriches the lives of those we lead. Join me in this ongoing exploration of leadership powered by common sense, and together, let’s transform the way we lead and live.

Until next time, lead with your heart and your head.

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