Everyone is looking for the “holy grail” of what makes a successful leader. As we all know, no one is perfect, but we do know that there are traits and processes embodied by a harmonious leader. As Jeff Bezos eloquently stated: “I prefer the word ‘harmony’ to the word ‘balance’ because balance intends to imply a strict trade-off.”
As a research institute, we are curious as to explore what traits and processes are embodied by a harmonious leader, and seek to discover these answers in a way that is soul-driven and purposeful.
Our research will examine the following areas:
God & Soul: Source & Evolution
Spirituality & Metaphysics: Exploration, Evaluation & Tools
Health & Wellness: Mind, Emotion, Nutrition & Exercise
Relationships: Self, Family, Friends, Community
Business, Wealth and Legacy
Intellectualism: Lessons & Thought Processes
Creativity and Play: Passion & Purpose
Our results will help inform current and future women leaders as they create their own harmonious leadership environments.
Over history, successful leaders have been equated with the power paradigm, which views leadership from a top down approach, with one person at the “top.” Workers and other members of the organization funnel down in a pyramid structure. Current trends in leadership are shifting this power structure to an EMPOWERED dynamic. While a leader’s value was once defined by the number of followers a leader had within their organization, today’s leadership is centered around creating successfully empowered people within an organization.
Increasingly, leaders in today’s dynamic are of service to their organization, working side by side with their teams in collaborative and innovative ways that serve the common purpose and mission of the organization. Social media has amplified the voice of leaders by increasing their opportunity to create community and influence.
Wholly Living Research Institute is curious what these new trends in leadership mean for women leaders. What are the qualities that make women leaders successful in this new trending dynamic? Does the new horizon in leadership support the notion of a harmonious leader? Do the traits we’ll be examining support the notion of a harmonious leader?
OUR LEADERS HAVE BEEN FEATURED
HARMONIOUS WOMAN, HARMONIOUS LEADER
CREATING POSITIVE OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH EMPOWERED LEADERSHIP
This is an ongoing study with first phase results planned for early 2020.
Are you a successful woman entrepreneur or executive leader who consciously practices an empowered leadership style?
Do you use your leadership role primarily to create leaders within your organization?
Are you interested in advancing knowledge by sharing your insights from your story in order to help other women become more empowered through harmonious leadership?
Due to the high volume of application responses FOR OUR 2020 STUDY, we are currently ONLY taking new applications for 2021 study.
If you would like to join our wait list for the second phase of this study please fill out the form below.
mission + Agenda
Our mission is to advance evidence-based research and understanding of the actual traits that harmonious women leaders embody, and the processes they employ, that contribute to outcomes not possible in the more traditional power-based leadership paradigm.
Our approach involves both applied and academic rigor—ensuring our findings provide trusted, real-world utility. We specialize in Grounded Theory methodology: setting the highest standards of theoretical saturation to ensure our findings have far-reaching value and application.
Our qualitative paradigm is a belief that centred women in leadership roles have an innate desire—that may not yet be in their awareness—to create outcomes where their team mates are empowered. We believe harmonious leadership is the result of identifying specific traits and processes, and that building capacity in these elements are the fundamental foundations to success in an exceptional way. This class of success moves beyond the level based on the conventional outward measures dictated by society and conditioning, and happens at the level of the soul.
Our number one priority is sharing trusted findings that leaders and society can use to develop an empowered leadership dynamic to create more a harmonious environment in workplaces, and, by extension, the world.
OUR WORK IS DRIVEN BY KEY QUESTIONS:
What makes some leaders gravitate to a more empowered leadership paradigm over the traditional power-based paradigm?
What attributes and practices describe leaders who lead from this harmonious style?
What have been the choice points of leaders who actively choose soul-driven leadership?
Will you be going into nature vs. nurture types of information gathering in terms of upbringing?
LEADERS studied across various sectors
RESEARCH DIRECTOR & Scholar
jANÉT AIZENSTROS, MSC.D. EMBA
Janét Aizenstros is a Canadian serial entrepreneur and investor with a doctorate in metaphysical sciences, an EMBA and many leadership certificates from many ivy league institutions. She is a well-known author, speaker, model and philanthropist. As a podcaster, she has interviewed some of the world’s most recognized celebrities, authors and thought leaders on empowerment, leadership, metaphysics and emotional intelligence.
Her extensive media coverage globally includes features on Huffington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, Oprah.com and as a frequent lifestyle correspondent for HuffPost Live and national panelist on CTV. She has delivered keynote talks for Microsoft, Innovation Guelph and the Conrad School of Business at the University of Waterloo.
A recipient of numerous awards , Janét is the Chairwoman & CEO of Ahava Group Global (AGG)—a women-led, modern media holding company serving Fortune clients, renowned brands and media companies in nine locations globally. Through her adept leadership and vision, the digital consultancy she founded in 2011 has swiftly grown into a multi-faceted company with a team of 150 plus people globally.
From 2012 to 2015, Janét authored seven books in genres ranging from children to self-awareness. Her writings have appeared on such platforms as Huffington Post, Mind Your Mind, the Richard Dawkins Foundation and Thrive Global. Through her podcasting, Janét created numerous series two highlighted interview series were What Do You Believe? and 21 Answers to Emotional Freedom, where featured leaders answering questions on emotional awareness, self-love, soul healing, happiness and money.
A lover of life, mother and wife…harmoniously living in a reclusive enclave in the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario.
RESEARCHER & GRaNt ADVISOR
Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph,D. ATP
Hillary Goldthwait-Fowles, Ph.D. ATP, is the Assistive Technology Specialist for RSU 21 in Kennebunk Maine, and serves as a Special Education, AT, AEM, and UDL consultant. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England's Graduate Programs in Online Learning, as well as the University of Maine at Farmington.
Hillary is a nationally certified Assistive Technology Professional, providing consultation, training, and evaluation services to educational and other institutions in the areas of Assistive Technology, Accessible Educational Materials, and Universal Design for Learning. She has presented to educators across the country on a variety of topics, including accessibility, UDL, iPads and apps, and Chromebooks and apps. Prior to this position, she has served as an Intervention Specialist and Special Educator with 20 years of teaching experience.
Hillary is most passionate about educating others about the importance of ensuring that the curriculum is accessible to all students first, rather than after it's been developed. Hillary was awarded her Ph.D. in Education with distinction in March 2015, with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction that is centered around UDL. Her book, One Size Does Not Fit All: Equity, Access, PD, and UDL is available on Amazon, which illustrates how a one hour training in Universal Design for Learning can lead to transfer of learning and improved lesson plans.
Home is where her heart truly is —with her husband, son, and stepson in Saco, Maine.