Awakening Authentic Leadership Awareness

by | Oct 28, 2020

Guest Blog by Leon VanderPol and Ashu Khanna 

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Leadership and leadership development is often focused on ‘doing’ over ‘being,’ and awareness remains at a surface level.

It’s possible to go much deeper with people – to help them tap into being-level and authentic self-awareness. This is the level at which true transformation occurs, and is the learning edge for most leaders today.

Authenticity is when there is no gap between how you feel, how you think, and how you act. Such an integrated behavior is possible when we anchor with our authentic self and perform at our fullest potential.

As author Andrew Cohen wrote, “The authentic self is the best part of a human being. It is the part of you that already cares; that is already passionate about evolution. When your authentic self miraculously awakens and becomes stronger than your ego, then you will truly begin to make a difference in this world.”

There are leaders who are ready to awaken their authentic selves and to make a true difference in the world and in their organizations. Authentic leaders trust their inner voice fearlessly, communicate compassionately, and are vibrant and aware of the interconnectedness of all life. Authentic leaders value humanness, and are committed to growth and even transformation as a way of life.

In their webinar, Leon VanderPol, founder of the Center for Transformational Coaching, and Ashu Khanna, founder of Arka Leadership, share ideas and insights on how coaches awaken authentic self-awareness and leadership in those they work with. This is a new arena in business life, and many coaches are not sure what it takes to support and develop authenticity in leaders, particularly those attached to personas of authority, success and achievement.

Each client looks for a relatable presence in the chemistry conversation. When our presence is anchored and authentic a client feels safe, and a relationship of trust is established instantaneously. The power of our authentic presence then facilitates our clients to open up and connect with a deeper reality, one they may unconsciously keep hidden. When our way of being is grounded within our authentic self, we give permission for others to turn inward and awaken to the existence of their own authentic self. This powerful awakening unleashes a whole new paradigm of leadership potential.


Mala Mathew
Mala Mathew


Mala Annamma Mathew is an educator specializing in media and digital literacy for young students. Currently, she is pursuing her second master’s degree in Digital Media: Education, at University College London, the number one (according to Top University Ranking) university for education-related degrees in the world. She has over 8 years of experience in education and is also an examiner for the International Baccalaureate.

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