Four Site Leadership uses the following four principles in practice.
Neuroscience, emotional intelligence, extensive mind-body medical research and our own experience tells us that exceptional performance, thriving relationships and our health all depend upon the well-being and care of our whole selves. IQ and technical skills are threshold capabilities for executive positions and, among senior leaders, EQ rather than cognitive abilities accounts for 90% of the difference between high and average performers. EQ depends on attunement to self and others. Effective leadership depends on conscious integration of head, heart and gut, and resultant action.
Finally, and first, we are not fully at home in ourselves if we are not at home in our bodies. The body is the literal core of our capacity to lead. A strong, grounded body allows a clear, focused mind and the embodied presence that is the foundation of authentic leadership.
This holistic approach informs everything Four Site Leadership does.
Cultivating a healthy masculine and feminine is more urgent than ever. Indeed, our opportunity to learn and practice healthy gendered expression in ourselves, our relationships and our organizations is unprecedented.
Our mature vitality develops through a healthy, embodied integration of masculine and feminine that translates to vibrant, effective interpersonal relationships, teams and systems. Dr. Gauthier recasts the masculine and feminine as directional and relational leadership competencies, energies and rhythms, and teaches how to cultivate these interdependent polarities as practice.
Likewise, meditation and yoga, born in the East, converge with Western neuroscience and athletic training in the ways we can focus and visualize to alter our brain structure, establish new neural pathways and ways of being and interacting that positively change our lives.
Research of flow states shows that we maximize creativity and learning by balancing and extroverted and introverted behaviors. And intuition more than rational thought sparked the imaginative leaps of innovators from Albert Einstein to Steve Jobs.
Four Site Leadership draws from and connects all of these formerly dualistic spheres of knowledge to share and create experiential wisdom and learning. Both ancient and cutting-edge, it’s concurrent with today’s smartest organizations and leaders, and increasingly relevant in our era of an evolving gendered, intergenerational, and interconnected workplace.
The most creative, successful leaders, change agents, and adaptive companies understand that transformation happens or companies stagnate and die. It’s really that simple. Transformation is an all-in adventure; it’s iterative; and it’s not a one-and-done.
Every challenge or crisis is an opportunity for us to grow into the next best version of ourselves — to more deeply align or re-align our purpose, passion and impact. a When faced with these crucible moments, most people keep their heads down and take the path of least resistance — denial or avoidance.
Change is hard because it requires doing something or even several things differently. It requires openness; and openness requires vulnerability. It’s not just the mind that’s involved. It’s the heart, body and spirit. That’s why we work holistically – to generate real results; to inspire and empower you to manifest your vision and generate positive change.
Growth and results are iterative. The only way in is to try; the only way to grow is to learn from what happens and apply it for the next cycle — which may be the next day or the next moment. This is how we work: with the issues that either inhibit or catalyze your work and mission.
We’re made to grow and to evolve. If you’ve undergone a transformation and managed to keep your heart open, life will throw you another curveball around the next bend. Don’t duck. Don’t hide. Meet it.