Executive Coaching | Self-Compassion and Compassionate Leadership

Executive Coaching | Self-Compassion and Compassionate Leadership

Great leaders are rarely satisfied with their own performance. Sometimes others are not satisfied, no matter what we do.  High performance cultures can wear us down at times, unless we know how to resource ourselves and our people along the way.

Compassionate leadership

The modern workplace is challenging and there are inevitable setbacks; disappointing sales, being overlooked for promotion or interpersonal tensions and conflict. Let alone what is going on outside of work.

How we navigate setbacks influences the way we lead, psychological and emotional resiliency and organisational performance. There are predictable patterns, common ways some of us respond to setbacks. Either we become defensive, blaming others, or we berate ourselves. 

Projecting blame by getting defensive might alleviate the sting of failure in the moment. However, it comes at the expense of self-reflection, understanding oneself, how we relate, and learning from the experience.  

On the other hand, self-flagellation, might feel justified in the moment, but it can lead to an inaccurate assessment of one’s abilities. This pessimistic view of oneself can undermine recognition of our potential, how we relate with ourselves and others and our personal development.

Neither response is helpful. What if instead, we treated ourselves, as we would a friend in those moments? It's more likely than not, we would be kind, understanding, and encouraging. Most organisations and people want to grow and improve. Self-compassion is crucial for that.

Compassionate leadership can help you:

  • Motivate and respond with kindness, rather than judgment and criticism
  • Recognise failures, are a part of the human experience
  • Respond to negative or difficult emotions in a balanced and emotionally agile way 
  • Cultivate more satisfying relationships
  • Admit shortcomings and recover from setback 

Mindful-Self Compassion can help you and your team:

  • More accurately assess one's abilities
  • Forgive themselves when needed
  • Adopt a a growth mindset
  • Bounce back from difficulties
  • Develop emotional agility and resilience
  • Cultivate greater self-worth (independent of social approval)
  • Reduce stress, distraction and emotional reactivity
  • Stay focused on the things that matter 
  • Motivate themselves with kindness
  • Develop healthier habits and emotional well-being
  • Respond to life’s challenges

"It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Executive Coaching | Self-Compassion and Compassionate Leadership

Delivered face to face or online, executive coaching sessions will help you cultivate self-compassion and bring wisdom to your leadership. You will learn the core principles and simple practices of Mindful Self-Compassion, you can apply, as you lead in daily life. Jo’s expertise will help you get to the core of any issues you face, to bring this powerful resource to your work and people in your organisation more widely. You will develop a better understanding of yourself, including how your are in relationship to others, and learn practical strategies of inner compassion you can apply immediately, in daily life.

Keynotes and Workshop | Self-Compassion for Workplaces

Self-Compassion provides a solid mechanism for understanding individual differences that influence organisational performance and the psychological and emotional resiliency that resource employees to more successfully cope with life challenges, including those presented within the workplace.

Give your team the principals and practices they need to cultivate Mindful Self-Compassion for themselves and others, boost collaboration, emotional agility and be more focused and effective.

About Jo Gniel

Not so long ago, Jo could be found walking the boards of a global giant. As an innovation and change lead and senior member of a USD$1 billion global brand leadership team. Jo was responsible for leading business transformations associated with global brand development, commercialisation and life cycle management with double digit growth.  

Since leaving the theatre of corporate life Jo has been driven by a desire to have a positive impact on the lives of others, contributing her business knowledge, practical approaches to wellbeing and love of collaboration within the wider community.

A sought after speaker and facilitator, Jo creates engaging key note presentations and programs, that integrate the latest research on attachment science, relationships, Mindful Self-Compassion and wellbeing focused on practical strategies that can be applied immediately in daily life. 

Jo has delivered programs for clients that include global and local businesses, state and federal government departments, health, tertiary education and the not-for-profit sectors to develop leaders and enhance the relationships and wellbeing of teams and organisations. 


Bringing Self-Kindness Into the Workplace: Exploring the Mediating Role of Self-Compassion in the Associations Between Attachment and Organizational Outcomes (Reizer, A). Frontiers in Psychology (2019).

Give yourself a break: The power of Self-Compassion (Chen, S). Harvard Business Review (2018)

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