RECLAIM founder and the first Conscious Leader pro bono leader is recognised in Metro’s top 10 UK inspiring female activists and politicians

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27 April 2017, London, UK.   Ruth Ibegbuna, the founder of RECLAIM, an award-winning social action and youth development leadership programme across Greater Manchester has been recognised by Metro as one of the UKs most inspiring activists.

Ruth is also the first Conscious Leader from a Non Government organisation (NGO) to participate in the leadership programme as part of a pro bono scheme open to leaders from charities and non-profit organisations.

RECLAIM was set up in 2007 and aims to identify and support working-class teenage leaders within areas of social instability through education and empowerment.

The Conscious Leader programme, developed by Global Warriors, coaches leaders to create a sustainable future, not just of an organisation but the world – with heart.

About Global Warriors

Global Warriors Ltd vision is to change the world one leader at a time bringing heart and humanity back into the workplace, home and the world. They lead by example with their innovative team and leadership development programmes, workshops and trainings. Global Warriors has worked with many organisations, large and small, equipping 100’s of leaders of today to be the leaders of tomorrow in a world moving at an unprecedented speed and pace of change driven by digitization.

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About Reclaim

RECLAIM is a youth leadership and social change organisation.  We are a small but bold charity, using our experience and platform to support and amplify the voices of working class young people.

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. Ten years later, the ideas, hope and resilience of the young people supported inspire every day. RECLAIM allows young people to develop their skills and potential and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all.

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Conscious Leaders gallop towards authentic leadership

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At the core of authentic leadership is empathy, communication and consistency – big asks in a world with highly dynamic, potentially political and demanding environments. Finding a genuine leadership “mirror” giving us feedback which we can trust and explored can be hard to find.

Horses are masters of showing us how genuine we really are in delivering these skills. With horses you get what you asked for even if that wasn’t what you wanted!   They respond to what they are experiencing at any moment. They are not swayed by our “perceived” status or standing.  This means feedback is direct, clean and timely.

One of the most memorable parts of the Conscious Leader program is the “horse day” where we have the privilege to work with the best leadership coaches there are.  Partnering with A20 Coaching and their team including Phoebe, Floozy, Hector, Julia, Levi and JohnJo leaders are taken through a series of tasks to explore and play non-verbal communication, leadership roles and trust.

Cohort 30 allowed us special access to their recent day giving us a glimpse of the beautiful, humbling and fun experience with the equine coaching team.

I am a Global Warrior Profile – David Evans

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I am a Global Warrior – David Evans @allpotential

David is a team and leadership coach and professional development trainer.  He has been working with Global Warriors for over two years. As a leadership and team-development coach, David loves working with teams and individuals to assist them in creating a meaningful and positive impact in the world through their work, moving his clients to achieve and go beyond their aspirations.  He is a partner to Helen, and proud father of Reuben (2), Phoebe (5) and Imogen (16). He lives in Brighton, loves walking along the beach, yoga, cooking, reading and hanging out in one of Brighton’s many cafes.

 When were you at your happiest?  I am at my happiest when I am feeling fulfilled: spending time with my family, through my work and also activities such as yoga, meditating and sitting by the sea, near to where I live in Brighton.

What is your greatest fear? Hmm…although this may seem cliché, my greatest fear is fear itself and that fear hijack’s my life.

What is your earliest memory?  Ha, ha, ha, Mrs Zelli – my first teacher at school.  She was warm and affectionate, and a bit like Mrs Doubtfire – I remember feeling so welcomed and loved by her in our first class at school… and most importantly, I remember the Smarties she used to give us as a reward, especially the orange one’s – yummy!

Who do you most admire and why?  There isn’t one person in particular that I admire, I admire loads of people.  There are those of have been prominent leaders, such as J K Rowling, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, and then there are the parents and families all around the world who are striving to bring up their children, and friends and family members who have cared for their relatives and partners in difficult times. So what I admire is people’s courage, and I see that in a lot of people I meet, so, I guess I admire nearly everyone I meet!

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?  I can be really impatient when I think I’ve got it and other people haven’t caught on.  And in reality this is my arrogance shining through.  It’s a work-in-progress for me, to be a little less arrogant every day.

Which book changed your life?  There are two books that have changed my life.  The first is The Tibetan Book of the Dead.  I came across this in my early 20s after my dad passed away (well the book found me: it fell off a bookshelf in front of me as I went into a second hand book shop in Alysbury).  I read this book over about 3 years, and it opened my mind to the magic of our consciousness, and that if we choose to, we can transform our lives to be anything that we choose.   The second book is the Alchemist, which I have read about 10 times.  Each time I read it I get something new and different, I identify with the different characters, for me it is a master piece of writing about having the courage to follow our heart and fulfill the dreams that are in our hearts.

What do you owe your parents?  My life! Without them I wouldn’t be here, and I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.  Thanks Mum and Dad!

What does great leadership look like?  For me, great leadership starts with self-leadership, and is the ability to feel in your bones and in your heart what you need to do, to feel your deepest dream and desires and then have the courage to follow them, no matter what.  Owning our own power, and taking full responsibility for our lives.  It’s my belief that from this place of self-leadership, we connect with others with an authenticity and integrity to share our dreams and inspire others to bring our collective dreams alive.

What was your worst job ever?  A bit boring – stacking shelves in supermarket.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  For people to recognize that life is precious – no matter what.  And the gift of a human life is a magical, rare and that as a society we interact with one another as if that was true.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  That the human race is evolving, what they need the most is compassion, loving-kindness and love, and to be patient with them.

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?  Our attitude to education – I would love for education to be something that we cherish as a culture throughout our lives, and that our education focuses on us reaching our full potential, through teaching compassion and loving-kindness, and that we are ‘rewarded’ in society by the personal transformation and growth that we make toward becoming deeply fulfilled and integrated in society.

What is your dream for humanity?  To be free and to create a global culture where everyone feels welcome, accepted and wants to be here.


Guest Blog – Want to make a real impact? Then learn how to relax…

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Guest Blog by Jon Hill @blueprintcoach

One of the biggest challenges of working with people around leadership – especially in the corporate world – is breaking through some of the enduring myths about what leadership should be and look like. Old, perhaps outdated, archetypes still loom large. Ways of working from another era have become etched into the collective consciousness.

The 1980s was not only a decade of terrible fashion and inexplicable music; it was also responsible for cementing some incredibly unhelpful beliefs about modern leadership. These found their most popular expression in the movie Wall Street: Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko standing before a baying boardroom of stripey-shirted alpha males declaring “Lunch is for wimps”. Because – it was said – to lead you had to dominate; work harder and longer than your competitors; never let up for a moment or risk being left behind.

I should make it clear that I myself am a child of the 80s, and have a lot of affection for the decade too. One of my earliest memories is of watching Carl Lewis sweep the board at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. I remember being fascinated by the sheer strangeness of watching him in full flight – his legs cycling in mid-air during the long jump, his flat palms pumping during the 100 metres and, most of all, the sight of his cheeks and mouth flapping about as he hurtled towards the finish line. My 7-year old brain couldn’t understand why his face should do that! Shouldn’t he be a mask of concentration and furious effort?

One the contrary, legendary sprint coach Charlie Francis said:“The number one secret to greater speed is relaxation…relaxation must become second nature…you may feel like you’re not generating enough force while relaxed (a perception that gets a lot of sprinters into trouble), but remember, only the net force counts!”

By ‘net force’ he means the amount of force delivered in the desired direction minus the resistance generated by a muscle which is tensed. Tense muscles cannot expand and contract with the incredible speed and consistency that a world-class sprinter requires, so sprinters who are tense cannot succeed at the highest level.

But relaxation isn’t just necessary for sprinters to perform at their best – there is plenty of evidence to suggest that people perform better at an incredibly broad range of tasks if they are in a place of physical and mental relaxation rather than tension.

Just think about your own experience – how do you behave differently when you are relaxed compared to when you are tense? How are you different at work, with your family, with your partner, with your friends? How does being relaxed or tense impact on the way that you engage in activities that mean something to you? How does being relaxed or tense affect the way that you pursue your goals, interact with people, live and lead.

Like those sprinters who run themselves into trouble, we can all make the mistake of thinking that the key to being effective and having an impact is to work harder, to exert all our energy in pursuit of our goals – in the belief that the harder we work, the more force we exert, the better we will perform. What most of us know from experience is that that is worker harder rarely means working smarter.

My challenge to you is to experiment with adopting a relaxed perspective as you approach the stuff that means most to you in life – to hold those things calmly and lightly in the palm of your hand rather than crush them with the pressure of your expectation and desire. As a leader the questions then becomes ‘what is the impact I want to have?’ rather than ‘what is the result that I need to achieve?”’

How do you relax? Do you create space in your day for downtime, reflection and relaxation? Do you move through the day like Carl Lewis – gracefully, and purposefully powering towards his destiny – or are you so consumed by tension and anxiety that you find yourself tying up like one of the athletes left trailing in his wake?

If you want to have a powerful, sustainable impact without burning out or burning out those around you, you need to remember the words of those other 1980s soothsayers, Frankie Goes to Hollywood – and just Relax.

Jon is an experienced training facilitator and performance coach, based in London and specialising in working with people around health, wellbeing and resilience. With a background in psychology, and health and social care, he now works with a range of clients within the corporate and the public sector. In recent years these have included Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, the NHS, local London Borough Social Services, and a number of high-profile charities.
His focus is on helping people to maximise their energy and enhance their motivation so that they can perform at their best at work and at home. @blueprintcoach



I am a Global Warrior Profile – Sandra Cunningham

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I am a Global WarriorSandra Cunningham  @walknewstory

Sandra is a Professional Certified Coach with 15 years’ experience supporting clients and their teams to create empowered leadership cultures. No stranger to dealing with such feats herself, she was previously an international marketing executive, directing from various management boards, then a senior communications consultant for large private and public sector clients. Aside from her work with Global Warriors she owns and runs Walking Coach, where she integrates her passion for, and knowledge of nature-based development with her coaching expertise, to create transformational outdoor experiences for leaders and their teams. Sandra is also a qualified outdoor leader and hillwalking freak.

When were you at your happiest?  In my mid-thirties, I left behind an outwardly happy, secure, successful yet unfulfilling life, to live and work in early post-Communist Czech Republic. It was a time of self-discovery, of learning to live in sometimes edgy, strange and always dynamic circumstances at a time when every day brought a new adventure. Often having no one to rely on besides myself, I have seldom felt more free and alive as I did then.

What is your greatest fear?  Not having any more life experiences like that one.

What is your earliest memory?  At 3 ½ years old, I was a happy little water babe. But after a failed under-water summersault in the shallows of a Majorcan beach, and with water or sand in every bodily orifice, I was 100% convinced I had just drowned. The worst bit was, despite my very loud protestations, the incident stirred very little reaction from my parents, apart from a quick rub down with a towel, lest I cause an embarrassing scene.

Who do you most admire and why?  Dolores LaChapelle: a unique individual, she was one of the early voices for deep ecology, an anthropologist and myth-maker, an earth mother and ritualist, and a deep powder skier and mountain climber. She excelled in all of these things, and lived her life with irreverence, kindness, wisdom, courage and real-ness. I would have loved to have interviewed her.

What was your most embarrassing moment?  Throwing open the curtains of my top floor hotel window one morning to be greeted by cheers and applause from the workmen on the roof of the building opposite. Yes, I had nothing on but a very red face.

Which book changed your life?  Ann Frank’s Diary. I read it several times as a young girl as I struggled to comprehend the history surrounding her life as a fugitive from Nazi deportation. It helped me begin to understand something about the amazing resilience and resourcefulness of the human spirit, which is stronger than most of us are able to imagine.

What do you owe your parents?  The realization that having a talent for working extremely hard for the sake of accomplishing something that’s meaningful, is worth more than any other talent I could wish for.

What was your worst job ever?  I was once a sales assistant in a children’s clothes shop, where being urinated on when fitting the little darlings’ new shoes was more than an occasional occurrence.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?  I would like to live in a world where purpose and profit were truly aligned; where business played a leading role in creating a healthier planet and society; where our human gifts were directed towards the benefit of all, and where our daily activities contributed to the healing of the biosphere and wellbeing of other people.

If you met an alien from outer space, what would you tell them about the human race?  That in these times, we live from a place of fear and separation, rather than love and connection – even although most of us yearn for the exact opposite.

The only certainty is change – Turning tragedy into transformation by Biba Binotti

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One thing that Brexit and the Trump Presidency have reinforced for me is that change, and radical change, often pops up when we least expect it and as a result our worlds can vey drastic turn, and in the cases here, literally overnight. So whether we agree or not with the political agendas at play, one area that we can align around is recognising the opportunity these pivotal moments bring in creating life changing shifts and transformations. It is during these moments that we have the choice points as to whether we becomes drivers or passengers of the change; or as the wise words of Tom Bruno Magdich ” Do you happen to the world or let the world happen to you”.  So the capacity to powerfully navigate these big bold changes in our lives is becoming more and more critical as change and uncertainty becomes more and more prevalent.  So how do we take these major gulp moments and turn them into powerful allies and growth? I don’t profess to have the answers but I can share my own experiences and learnings along the way.

My most truly transformative moments have come as a result of living and navigating through what at the time felt like major traumatic events. In the moment it felt emotionally crippling and devastating, and it was only in hindsight, when I was through the trauma that I could actually look back and realise the absolute gift and growth the event had created. And the real gift was not just in that one isolated event. Each major “life event learning” reinforced the one that came before. So whilst on the surface I felt like I was simply repeating patterns – like my past choices of relationship partners for instance 😉 – what was growing and strengthening each time was my internal resilience and resourcefulness and trust, self-trust.

By hitting rock bottom and coming back again, not just once but twice, three times, four times…. I now know I can and will survive no matter what is thrown at me. I have come to trust that my emotional homeostasis is ultimately set at thrival. So the unknown has shifted from being “will I?” to “when will I. Now, it’s all now about a matter of time.

It is this deeper inner knowing that now enables me to leap over edges and unknowns and make the bold changes and footprints in my life. That knowledge of ultimately having all that I will ultimately ever need inside is so incredibly powerful.

One key moment that comes to mind as one of my “life transformers” was in the autumn of 2010. I remember “walking” through Covent Garden on my way to a meeting. Every footstep just felt slow and full of effort under the immensely heavy weight sitting in my mind and body. For moments during that walk I actually contemplated suicide. What would it be to change course now and go and jump under a train? For split seconds, that thought became frighteningly real. A few months prior to this I had been cosily living with the person who I thought would be my life partner with a “good” job that went beyond the aspirations and earning power of my working class roots. Now here I was, dumped and single, broke after quitting my job to set up my own business and living and working out of my friend’s bedroom with my printer for company. I was rock bottom. Fast forward five years and I am engaged to the real woman of my dreams and we are just about to move into our new home in the beautiful New Forest countryside. I have grown a flourishing business and am doing my life purpose work that I love BEYOND words – with people who I genuinely love and find inspirational. Yet the only thing that actually shifted in that time and space was me – something changed inside and I learned to get out of my own way.

One of the biggest gifts that break up gave me is that it broke down my self-limiting constructs and the story of my self and my life. Overnight everything disappeared. I thought I had arrived at the perfect place, in a loving relationship with a home and doing good work. Safe, comfortable and settled. All the time I held that construct and contentment, I also held back the growth, the opportunity, the potential – really living. There are self-limiting beliefs – and self-limiting constructs and it took the bust up of mine to enable me to bust out and free fall. And it was in the fall that I became free. Without these self imposed boundaries – or barriers – suddenly anything and everything is possible again. Playing safe really did have me hold myself small. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to quit their home, their relationship, their job to fly – that was my lesson and one I’d like not to repeat. It just means not letting ourselves get stuck and stagnant. To keep our aliveness alive we need to continually keep our minds and mindsets fresh and open and challenge our selves and our beliefs.

It is so easy over time to erode and restrict our mental and physical worlds. We can now “live” without actually leaving the house and spend all of our time in the bubbles of “me too” Facebook friendships and communities, doing the same thing and keeping the same known and predictable outcomes. So my break up really was the gift that kept giving as it woke me up to never letting myself get that complacent and asleep again. In the recovery months after the break up I consciously challenged myself to spend a year doing things that stretched me over the edges of my norms and comforts. So I enrolled myself on a comedy improve course, a week long tantra workshop, went on some internet dating dates, climbed a mountain, cycled around parts of Asia, trained for a marathon (didn’t get to run but that another story..), stopped all of the marketing bread and butter work that I was doing as it wasn’t aligned to my heart goal and purpose. These were just a few of those things across my range of life that took my breath away, made me gulp or challenged my preconceived and long held beliefs about myself.. I’m not sexy, I’m not attractive, I am not sporty and can never get really fit, I am not a leader etc, etc. These were the regular workouts that built and continue to build my bold change muscles.

So in a nutshell, if I were to boil this down to the three key things that I would offer as advice for learned to navigate uncertainty and enable bold and courageous change they are:

  1. Challenge not just your limiting beliefs but your limiting constructs, those bigger conceptual stories and ceilings that stop us really swinging out to unlimited opportunity and potential.
  1. Know and grow your internal gifts resilience and resources, find the treasure. Optimise the power of hindsight, reflect back over your past experiences and see what helped you cross and navigate those edges and difficult situations. Harvest the gems of your innate strategies, techniques, resources and capacity – and keep building on them. Here’s a challenge – do something that makes you gulp and expands your comfort zone everyday. That will keep the fire in your soul alive and thriving and make giant leaps suddenly not seem so big..
  1. Leap with that inner heart knowing and get your head out of the way. Being bold is being courageously willing to take risks. In turn courage comes from the Latin word cor meaning heart. However, so often in times of change and uncertainty we default to our brains in trying to figure it all out, needing to know. This is where we freeze and get stuck as we search for the known in a change that is essentially unknown! What is becoming more known though through research is that our hearts play a far more critical and significant role in our lives that we brain mind thinks. Our hearts are actually the most powerful generators of electromagnetic energy in the body (100,000 x more powerfully electrically than the brain and up to 5000x stronger magnetically than the brain). Signals often reach our heart before they reach the brain so there is a heart knowing that happens before the brain has caught up.

Biba Binotti (CPCC, ACC, CIPD, ORSCC) is the founder of Global Warriors with over 16 years’ experience in the fields of counselling, mediation, coaching, and leadership development.

I am a Global Warrior Profile – Jon Hill

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Jon is a coach and training facilitator, and has been working with Global Warriors for over four years. His mission is to help people find satisfaction and fulfillment and make a powerful impact in their work, without sacrificing their health and happiness. He is husband to Sally and proud father of Frances (2, human) and Otto (4, cat). He lives in Brighton, loves movies and cake, and is in an unhealthy, unsatisfying relationship with Aston Villa football club.

When were you at your happiest?   In my final term of University. I had managed to get pretty much all my work done with a good six weeks to go before we had to go home forever. I had a close group of friends who had managed to do the same. We spent the weeks playing football, drinking, and taking advantage of an era when people were pretty much ignorant of Google to convince a significant minority of the population of York that we were a popular-in-Scandanavia boyband called Quiff. It was a last flush of completely carefree youth and it was amazing!

What is your greatest fear?   Something bad happening to my wife or daughter.

What is your earliest memory?   The sense of utter befuddlement and injustice at being reprimanded for stealing a piece of cake at my own (fourth) birthday party. “It’s my cake,” said my tiny four-year-old mind, “how can I steal my own cake?”

Who do you most admire and why?   The comedian Louis CK. Not only is he the funniest person I have ever heard speak out loud, he is also truthful, humane, and devastatingly wise.

What is the quality that most irritates you about yourself?   An excessive sensitivity to perceived criticism – especially from the people in my life that I need to listen to the most.

What was your most embarrassing moment?   I was on a long plane journey on a small carrier, which had a really poor selection of films. Bored, I chose one at random. It was OK, but I wasn’t hooked. Plus I was hungry so was relieved when I saw the crew starting to serve dinner. Unfortunately the moment that the stewardess started to serve me was also the moment that a very long and well-lit ‘bedroom’ scene began on my screen. It seemed to go on and on, and the stewardess seemed to take an hour serving me as the scene played out on the screen in front of me!

Which book changed your life?   Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. I’ve never read someone who writes with such accuracy about the ludicrous and painful reality of the lives we live inside our heads, and keep hidden from the world around us. Not a cheerful read, but one that awakened me to myself.

What do you owe your parents?   A deeply-held understanding that no matter what I do, whether I succeed or fail, I am OK.

What does great leadership look like?   For me, great leadership is a combination of clarity, curiosity and kindness. Clarity of intent and a clear vision of what you want to create in the world. Curiosity about other perspectives and the willingness to shift and be open to influence. And, underpinning everything, kindness and respect for the people we lead and live amongst.

What was your worst job ever?   A tie between telephone debt collection, and working in a warehouse where my job was to open a box containing a doll wearing a straw hat that had become infested with some kind of weevil-type insect, replace that hat with a plastic one, close the box, and then do the same again hundreds of times for eight hours a day for two weeks.

What is your best (clean) joke?   A grizzly bear walks into a bar. He says to the barman “I’ll take a pint of bitter and……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….a packet of dry-roasted peanuts”.

The barman says, “Why the big pause?”

What area of life would you most like to see transformed by our conscious movement?   It’s tempting at this moment in time to say ‘politics’ or ‘the internet’, but we are at our most receptive, alive and sensitive to the world when we are children. My wish would be that those of us that live in societies of great abundance could use that privilege to actively encourage our kids to develop a true sense of compassionate curiosity about the world inside and around them – to really notice the impact they make as they move through the world, in an environment that supports them in exploring their true selves free from judgement.

What would you most like to change about modern day life?   That people would use the amazing tool of the internet – the thing that has made all of human knowledge available to us at the click of a button – to learn more about other people’s lives and experiences in a spirit of true curiosity, and not so much to hurl abuse at people they will never meet, and search out information that just further confirms their own long-held opinions.

What is your dream for humanity?   That we are all just 1% kinder to each other, and maybe even ourselves.



Red Hat People announces company name change to Global Warriors

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Global Warriors will build upon the growing Conscious Culture Movement with new identity for 2017

6 February 2016 London, UK.   Red Hat People is today announcing its new company name Global Warriors, which reflects the current demands that digitization is creating for the 21st Century leader. Global Warriors will continue to build on Red Hat People’s 6 year legacy of equipping the leaders of today to be the leaders of tomorrow, through its innovative team and leadership development “Conscious” programs and the Conscious Culture movement.

Using a coactive and systems approach Global Warriors champion a ‘learning by doing approach’ in all their three core programs which aim to enable real, sustainable change in people, teams and organisations. The holistic, global and bespoke programs are Conscious Leadership, Conscious Teams and soon to be launched in 2017 Conscious Human Being.

“Digitization has created new demand for leaders to move at an unprecedented speed and pace of change, facing the unknown with more uncertainty than ever before. Today we need a different type of leader, a Conscious leader”, said Biba Binotti, Founder of Red Hat People and Global Warriors. “The name Global Warriors better reflect our services that respond to the current leadership environment and our vision of changing the world one leader at a time. Our fundamental belief is that leading is not just attributed to a title. We are focused on finding the leader within… in everyone and everything.”Global Warriors has a dynamic, innovative team of coaching professionals, experienced in designing bespoke programs based on the Global Warrior principles, representing over 100 years of global experience and professional qualifications.

About Global Warriors

Global Warriors Ltd vision is to change the world one leader at a time bringing heart and humanity back into the workplace, home and the world. They lead by example with their innovative team and leadership development programmes, workshops and trainings. Global Warriors has worked with many organisations, large and small, equipping 100’s of leaders of today to be the leaders of tomorrow in a world moving at an unprecedented speed and pace of change driven by digitization.

For more information please visit:

Contact Details

Biba Binotti

Global Warriors

t: +44 1425 650 340 m: +44 7786 778 583 email:

Press Enquiries: Alison Stokes

Manifest Consulting

+44 7796 937465



The poetry of conscious leadership

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The Conscious Leader movement continues to grow, leader by leader.  For many it’s hard to describe what the experience is like and the impact that it has.  Michelle Cowan, a conscious leader, took pen to paper and expressed her own journey in beautiful poetic style.

On #NationalPoetryDay @Micowan puts into words the @ConsLeadMove experience

WHO KNEW! By Michelle Cowan, Mother, Bamboo Tribe, Conscious Leader, Client Director at Cisco

Um, where shall I start on my conscious leader journey

Not so much tantrums and tiaras but tears and tissues…..

The horses taught us the key to connection

Embarking on a discovery including self-deception….

W1 presented us with the leader within,

What is your dream they asked, I don’t know it’s locked in?

My dreams were yanked out, like a bolt out of the blue

Wow – who knew??

Once known as the contagious worrier,

I now discover that I am the courageous warrior!

W2 gave us the co-creative leader, the books were a treat

The improvisation took us over the edge – not left sat on the ledge!


Bamboo has started growing together!


W3 showed us the system – even through a lens!

The 4 horsemen came galloping – full of defense.

We are done with W4, and we are drawing to a close, our bamboo continues growing,

Our strength is what we chose.

Our love and care for one another has helped us through the months,

Our dreams may have adjusted, our essence is released

We enter into the next phase, with all our tools and consciousness

To be great leaders on purpose and go give none the less.

My Dreams were yanked out, like a bolt out of the blue

Wow – who knew – I want to be a writer – inspired by all of you!!!!


Who Knew – a poem by @Micowan reflects on the #ConsciousLeader journey #NationalPoetryDay




3 Ways To Awaken Your Inner Leader

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In my first blog I shared how I took off the mythical jacket that goes with that label leader and took ownership of leading my life.   In this next blog I share what I’m most often asked about – how I woke up to the leader within and where would be a good place to start.

So here are my top three thoughts:

  1. Busting the Myths

There is a cloak around leadership and its not the mystery that we think it is but it is perpetuated with lots of myths and beliefs that we deem to be fact, around the issue. The problem with myths is that we can keep recreating self perpetuating cycles and they are not necessarily based on any substance .. or value. As Einstein says, the definition of madness is continually doing the same thing over again and expecting change.  Yet change is a fundamental part of leadership.

The reality is that leadership is such an expansive construct and shows up in such a range and diversity of ways, there is no one truth. What is tangible for us all to see though is what is effective leadership… and what is not ie: are we getting the intended impact we are wanting.. or not! It is easy to hide behind the cloak or title, putting up hierarchical walls or “secret society” rituals like a much prized office, or a different table at lunch all perpetuating the myths and mystery around leadership.


However, it is when you pull of the cloak and reveal your own unique leadership meaning and expression that the magic actually happens. Dare to fully liberate yourself and create your own blank sheet of paper around your leadership. Dare to go beyond the title or the job description – the something you put on: what if leadership was all about a way of being. Simply start noticing what is effective.. and what is not, WITHOUT JUDGEMENT (especially self judgement!!). Find and follow your path. You might be surprised just what this is… expect the unexpected!

  1. Mirror the Leader Within – in others

Sometimes it is easier to see the brilliance in leadership in others as opposed to in ourselves. So a great place to start is to think about someone in your life that inspires you as a leader.  It doesn’t have to be anyone famous – it could be a friend, a relative, a stranger – but think about the qualities they possess and how it feels when you think about them.

Leadership is ultimately about creating positive impact on others so this is your chance to make a difference to those around you. Take the example of my guru and tell those you recognize as a leader and hold the mirror up to them – its an amazing gift.

For me I saw leadership in those who were in service of something bigger – “go-giving” in nature – bringing value to something or someone else, always seeing a bigger picture.  Those who are selfless in making others shine – with no focus on themselves and they have a tendency to build up others – not knock them down with criticism.  They always have a “Yes and..” approach rather than the typical “No, but..”

The crazy part is that it is in the seeking and “giving” leadership to others that our own leadership then starts to shine through. The more we focus on the qualities and values of leadership we admire in others, the more we also bring them out in ourselves. And in the evoking of the leadership in others, we are in fact modelling true leadership in itself. Its truly win-win!

  1. Find Your People

All leaders need people to lead, their followers.  And followership is also an act of leadership – there is choice.  So whether we lead or follow, we need to find our people.  Certainly in the early days when you are finding your inner leader voice and mojo, you want to feel “safe” to explore and experiment and excel. So look for those play mates around you, they don’t necessarily all need to be like minded but perhaps like hearted, those you can trust have your good intentions and want for your growth as much … if not more than you do. Your challengers and champions of helping you find your courageously authentic voice… and truth.

I won’t pretend it’s an easy journey but I would encourage you to keep things simple and try not to listen to those gremlins pulling your back.  Take a breath and cross some edges.

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With Love to you all