Episode 15: John Thompson – Effective Leadership Through Surrender


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This episode not only gives you the tools for a new and powerful paradigm of leadership, it is also a lived experience of us exploring surrendered leadership with each other, as we co-facilitated this conversation.


Show notes:

In this episode we cover:

  • The 5 principles of Surrendered Leadership John co-created with Sean, both of Circling Europe
  • What leaders commonly miss when they focus on making sure they convey expertise and information
  • What becomes possible when you pay attention to people’s individual experiences as well as the “We” or the group space
  • The importance piece that has to be in place from the start in Surrendered Leadership
  • How to share your personal experience (feelings, thoughts, etc.) in a way that is useful for a group


John has been at the heart of helping spread Circling to 20 countries in just 4 years. He’s also helped to define and evolve the paradigm-shifting practice of Circling and more recently Surrendered leadership. Alongside Sean he has trained over 200 Circling leaders around the world and recently published a book chapter on Circling (Cohering the Integral We-Space).

Prior to working in Circling John had a successful career in elite Tennis coaching specialising in psychology and pioneering new ways to help sport be a vehicle for profound personal growth for athletes and parents of athletes. He also founded an internationally famous project for street children in India. He is an award winning scholar having published numerous journal articles in the field of Integral theory and personal development and is also a certified Integral coach.

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