Humanist & Heart-Based Leadership Executive Coach

Future-proof leadership: unlock your true potential, from the heart.

Posted on
December 20, 2023
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There is a new generation of leaders. Are you one of them? A leader of the future in the here and now.

Do you aspire to successfully navigate our rapidly changing world and complex global landscape surfing on top of the creativity and innovation waves?

In our global digital world, speed and complexity are on the rise 🌊 From a leadership perspective, this is directly related to the need to assess situations faster and make sense despite ambiguity and complexity while making swift decisions and quickly recovering from expected and unexpected setbacks 💪

When things move fast, open eyes, open ears, open mind, and open heart are the rules by which to best play the leadership game.


Heart-based Leadership is Future Proof Leadership by Marie Reig Florensa


Our times call for leaders to become exceptional ones.

Being exceptional is about being high above average 🏄🏻‍♀️🏄🏻🏄🏻‍♂️


I suspect that you are one of them because you know that it’s not the same to do it as to do it right, as my Forefront mentor Marshall Goldsmith would rightly say.

You aim to be exceptional, in being just who you truly are. You are a top performer. You like to play at the top of your game. You do what you love and love what you do. You are unique. So it is your best leadership.

Yet, you know there is something more.

You feel that your true potential is still to be unlocked. Something is telling you it’s time to become more of yourself to better serve and create a highly valuable impact in the world 🦋 🌍⚡

You aim for the greater good and a higher impact. That is your legacy for the generations to come, and you aspire to achieve it fairly here and now.

Something within is calling you.


“Leadership is a matter of how to be not how to do it.”
Frances Hesselbein
Frances Hesselbein, original photo from Thomas Shillea. Source:

You are looking for something else. Something that goes beyond leadership styles, techniques, tactics, and strategies. A future-proof leadership understanding that allows you to be more of your unique authentic self, and enables you to lead in connection with your worldview, values, and (soul) purpose.


You know that you do not have all the answers and that you can not control all the outcomes. You are aware that eventually you will fail and when that happens, you will also learn. You are moved by the power of humble confidence. With a sense of humility, you remain confident in your abilities and trust that, in the end, you will deliver a positive outcome, learning whatever is necessary along the way.


You are brave, despite being afraid.

You believe it’s possible to co-create a better world for us all.

You know that peace is made of no fight. Nourishing inner peace one heart at a time.

Marie Reig Florensa World peace is made of inner peace. One Heart at a time.

You are looking for a leadership paradigm that restores a holistic view of the human being and the leadership endeavor integrating the mind, the body, and the soul. This is your rationality, your emotionality, your physicality, and your spirituality. Your true whole and complete self. A leadership perspective that allows you to genuinely embrace and acknowledge all aspects of your identity and personality. Your strengths, and your weaknesses. Your pleasant and your unpleasant emotions. Your highs and your downs with self-acceptance and self-love.

You are looking for a way of leadership that drives meaning and fulfillment. Individually and collectively. At home and work. Yes, actualizing your full potential while also supporting others in doing the same is what ignites your heart.


As Francess Hesselbein said: “Leadership is a matter of how to be not how to do it”. Her future-ready vision and inspiring Leader to Leader articles have also inspired these lines.

I imagine her sitting next to us, smiling, from the heart ❤️ Also with us, another leadership giant, Warren Bennis exclaims: Marie! do not forget…

“Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it is also that difficult.” – Warren Bennis

You have already realized it: Leadership is a journey, not a destination. Let’s go! 

Yeah 🔥 You are committed to personal growth.

You wonder:

How can I lead for positive impact while becoming more of my true best self as I support others to also do the same?


Answering this question is what it means to walk The Journey to the Heart. Because becoming a heart-based leader is a journey. Leadership experts Bolman and Deal would share: “To lead from the heart is a journey for which there is no road map. A quest to an unchartered territory that starts where you are, even if you are not sure where that is”.

Marie Reig Florensa The Journey to the Heart Executive Leadership Development Program

Even if you do not know yet how to name it you are in the right place to explore and better understand what is this thing calling you from within. 

When knowledge serves as the raw material for our business, and exponential change demands creativity and innovation at a rapid pace, it is the human heart that drives business success. What top experts’ research confirms is that the requirements of digitalization are catalyzing the rise of heart-based leadership (1).

Because the heart creates meaning. Meaning drives engagement, and engagement drives collaboration. Collaboration brings performance, and performance allows for speed. Speed contributes to profitability, and profitability enables sustainable impact. This, in turn, drives purpose, which leads us toward individual and collective fulfillment. This is the virtuous spiral of heart-based leadership.


Marie Reig Florensa's virtuos spiral of heart-based leadership



Exceptional leadership is synonymous with heart-based one.

Yeah 🔥 You are one of them. That is why you are here and now, to start walking the path that will support you in unleashing the unique leader within your heart. Listen well…

Leadership is made of (heart-based) energy. Coherent aligned energy. Ethics, emotions, biology, and spirituality are all part of it.

It is time to better understand what it truly means to Lead from the Heart, beyond assumptions and stereotypes.

Be sure: your true potential is still unknown. There is much more to uncover, unlock, and unfold.

Start Here, Start Now

Power to you ⚡

(1) Hill, Le Cam, Menon, and Tedards, 2022. Geoffrey, 2020. Ready et al., 2020. Reeves, 2019. Kilpi, 2019. Ready, Douglas A., 2019.  Ancona, 2019. Ready, Douglas A., 2019. Kolditz et al., 2017. Goffee and Jones, 2015.
This post is written for educational purposes. All material is used under Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz 2017 (§ 60a-60h) and fair use principles (Section 107 of the Copyright Act). All copyrights of original content stay with their creators at all times.
Marie’s photos by John Patrick Moraresku  Except the cover photo “Marie in Nazare” by Gemma F. Bosch
Frances Hesselbein, original photo from Thomas Shillea. Source:
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