Ambassador testimonials. A global community of collective leaders…

Be inspired by the experiences of our ambassadors, and how our programmes impacted them on a personal and organisational level. Many different people and organisations are involved with our work. The community is constantly growing, and more and more people will add their stories.

“Not being authentic is a waste of time and energy.”

I was looking for a sense of direction to move my career forward when I started with the Collective Leadership programme. I really liked the pro- gramme’s emphasis on being authentic. It’s very powerful when you recog- nise the strengths in your authentic self.

I realised that, like many people and particularly women, I tried to demon- strate and show more “masculine” leadership styles so that I would fit in. This programme encouraged me to be more authentic and bring my whole self to work.

This learning coincided with a Women in Leadership training course and helped me to step up, create and lead a diversity and inclusion group in my former company. I am a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and encouraging all to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) careers and realise their potential.

I learned that not being authentic is a waste of time and energy, so I look for organisations I believe in and in which I can be my real self. When I am true to myself I feel I can contribute more and that I am creating more energy whilst using less energy.


Rachel Cooper
Change Management SpecialistLBSI   2468

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“Collective Leadership is the next big thing.”

Philippe Wits, The Netherlands
Insurance CEO

“A very powerful way to shift the leadership paradigm.”

Daniel Bednar, Belgium
International Private Equity CFO

“It has helped me meet others where they are, without judgement.”

Pauline Derkman-Oosterom, The Netherlands
Director Levensverzekeringen,
ASR Nederland N.V.

“Humanity is the core of what PresenceAtWork does.”

Jonathan Greenwood, The United States
Customer Experience Consultant

“It’s deeply rewarding to see people blossom before your very eyes.”

Alison Maitland, United Kingdom
Author, speaker and facilitator, self-employed

“Together we can do much more than we think we can.”

Guido Horst, The Netherlands
General Director at Ardanta

“It has deepened the way we express ourselves.”

Henk Meijer, The Netherlands
Managing Partner at Into Control Consulting

“I became powerful by being vulnerable.”

Paul Rijns, The Netherlands
Advisor staff leven, ASR Nederland N.V.

“I can trust others to do what they are best at.”

Bart de Goede, The Netherlands
Director | Owner,Ygrec Finance B.V.

“This programme has brought me, and the organisation, inner peace.”

Gerard van Zuilekom, The Netherlands
Marketing, Communication & Sales Manager, Ardanta Uitvaartverzekeringen

“This programme helped me work Agile because it made me fearless.”

Yolande Overberg, The Netherlands
Director of Customer Success & Renewals EMEA,
SAP Nederland

“I learned that how I behave always has an impact, on my team and on others.”

Maurice ter Bogt, The Netherlands
Digital Transformation Officer, ASR Nederland N.V.

“I can feel the difference in the way we talk to each other and have fun.”

Hermen Koole, The Netherlands
Co-Owner,Ygrec Finance

“I deliberately shut up or speak up depending on what the process needs.”

Marielle van de Merbel, The Netherlands
Deputy Chief Innovation & Digital
at ASR verzekeringen

“I have more tools to pursue my dreams.”

Frank van Driel, The Netherlands
Fine Art Photographer

“Slowing down has helped me know where I am going.”

Jelle Landman, The Netherlands
Hotel Manager

“It has helped us integrate different generations at work.”

Denis van Roey, Belgium
Chief Finance Officer

“Connecting to my heart makes me a better attorney.”

Pierrette Gaasbeek, The Netherlands
Attorney

“Our confidence allowed us to give more freedom to our employees.”

Sam Bremer, The Netherlands
Director Corporate Sales

“Shifting from mind to heart allows you to see from others’ perspective.”

Thomas Oremus, The Netherlands
Legal Affairs & Integrity Director,
ASR Nederland N.V.

“We generated amazing quantifiable results on customer satisfaction”

Casper Overbeek, The Netherlands
Customer Experience Director

“You let go of job titles and start seeing each other as human beings”

Folkert van Breugel, The Netherlands
Head of Compliance, ASR Nederland N.V.

“People are highly motivated to join my team.”

Carlijn Timmermans, The Netherlands
Manager Customer Service Operations, bol.com

“Not being authentic is a waste of time and energy.”

Rachel Cooper, The United Kingdom
Change Management Specialist

“You have a bigger impact by not always being the leader at the front.”

Hans Jakop Burkens, The Netherlands
Head of International Account Management

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