The Journey made me understand that leadership is about growth, openness, and essentially me. About me being a whole person. That’s what the leadership journey experience was for me: a deep, honest, playful look at the different aspects of leadership and thus of me. The journey as well as all participants composed a puzzle that makes sense and is a beautiful composition. You really initiate the change from within. Thank you!
The Leadership Journey provided me with a framework, tools, and space to better understand my role in, and navigate a world and society that is becoming more complex than we can comprehend. I’ve long been looking for an approach that would provide a blueprint to better understand the external factors and complex systems, while employing flexible and innovative approaches that harvest the full human potential – that of myself, my team, my community and society at large. I feel that I have gained immense confidence in my ability to work with people and create positive change by empowering others. I have gained solid footing, resources and inspiration for the challenging times ahead.
The Leadership Journey is exactly what it’s title suggests: a Journey. It is not a seminar, or a course. For me it has been a journey to a better understanding of myself and of the people surrounding me. “Next stop: complexity” – each week was like a stop in a new place, where my co-travelers and I took time to examine our surroundings and how they influence us. Emily and Clemens from Unity Effect have been in part drivers, in part guides. Their insightful comments and a well-balanced program have never once ceased to inspire, question, and astonish me. The atmosphere of trust and genuine interest has made it easy for me to share my thoughts freely with others in the group, and yielded helpful insights. The last Journey session was by no means the final stop: the journey now continues with me in the driver’s seat and other passengers or drivers drop by to contribute to it.
The Leadership Journey of Unity Effect was a series of 12 hyper-interactive sessions. One of the most powerful aspects was that I discovered the answers to the challenges I faced as a leader – the answers weren’t handed as theory to me. Also, the fellow participants were outstanding professionals with great experience that supported me through the journey. Now, I have not only concrete knowledge and tools that I can apply, but also a strong network around me.
I’m glad that I took the chance to embark on a journey with the lovely team of Unity Effect. Seeing them act as facilitators relying on a holistic approach and grounding their support in deep experience in different flavours of leadership, I could learn a lot about myself. I’m thrilled that Unity Effect got a group of dedicated young people together that are working hard to share new skills and approaches needed for the changes that we face. Our world needs more young people like this to steer through the constant change we are going through globally. Thanks for your heartfelt effort!
What I loved most about the Purpose Journey was the sense of community. Emily, our journey guide, fostered an atmosphere of trust and respect from the get-go. I felt at home with the people, which I hadn’t expected in an online course. We were able to empower and help each other on our journey. Thank you for this profound experience!
The Purpose Journey made me reconnect with the feeling that there is still some territory to be explored and discovered for myself. It gave me the courage to feed this thought, give it a form and translate it into possible actions and concrete steps.
Once the journey is over, another starts: you already have the questions, and the tools, now it’s about you taking your next steps into your own hands. It sounds quite scary, but somehow the process you go through during the program, supported by tools and habits such as powerful questions, daily reflection & journaling makes it much simpler, more approachable, and way less dramatic. Therein lies its power and beauty.
It becomes systemic when we work in networks. When we share our resources, knowledge and experiences. When we look for ways to cooperate, rather than compete. When we work to create an impact that goes beyond any of us individually and reaches further than we ever could alone.
It gains power when we team up. When we play to the unique strengths of each person in the team. When we are empowered to make decisions, be creative, be ourselves. When we work together towards a shared purpose.
It starts with each of us. With our own inner clarity about who we are and what is important to us. With being honest with ourselves and making tough decisions. With knowing what we want to contribute to the world and feeling empowered to make it happen.
When I started seeing so many faces, all of them in the same place, and at the same time, every one of us from his/her own cultural and social backgrounds, I felt there was a big community of people doing great things out there. You created such a safe place for us to share our experiences and to really calm down for a while. I would love to repeat it!
It feels good to be able to work on and express this clarity. And at the same time to accept the chaos within. Right now I’m just super inspired to keep going. I can allow myself to celebrate the small wins and to let go of the things where nothing has happened yet.
What really did me good was to dream, and then to realise that parts of the dream are already there in my actions and decisions.
A gift to me! I was truly amazed how Unity Effect managed to design a well fitted one-day-workshop with our group of 10 professionals in leading positions in different kinds of businesses.We have learnt a lot about leadership and self-organisation and the Why of our actions. The workshop was well structured with refreshing breaks.
It’s a pleasure for the Bonn Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Learning (BIM) to work together with Unity Effect’s committed team. Their creative ideas, innovative approaches and methods have expanded and enriched the further education, project and integration work of BIM and MIGRApolis House of Resources Bonn.
‘What I learned most out of the Unity Effect journey is this extraordinary beauty of reflecting myself in different situations in my personal life and also in my working life. We talked about and experienced listening, resilience, intuition and then always asked ourselves: How do I encounter this topics? How do others do it? This really gifted me so that I developed myself and matured a lot during this journey.’
‘The greatest experience for me was to reflect with others about the process and get to know how others tackle things and finally give it a frame to talk about those important things.’
‘10 weeks of a Journey. 10 weeks of inspiring input and profound reflection which are a time for intensive personal development and redirection. We found our way back to our personal values, navigated into the unknown and wandered in the wide space of integrity. For me personally the Journey was more than a personal enrichment in all the aspects that I already mentioned. It was a support in my current life and in challenges of my project.’
“The Changemaker Journey has been for me ten weeks of inspiring workshops, warm-hearted community and a good balance of theory and practice. But mainly it has been a great opportunity to work on the question ‘What do I want to bring to the world?’