Nature as portal to leadership

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About FNL

The FNL believes it is time for a new form of leadership: Natural Leadership. By Natural Leadership, we mean the kind of leadership required to make today’s world more sustainable, both socially and ecologically. The kind of leadership required to discover the human potential that lies concealed within our organisations and ourselves.

We are a fast growing community. Over 700 members have already joined, and we hope to enrol at least 2,500 new leaders onto our unique Wilderness Leadership Transformation Programmes by 2020. The aim of those programmes and of several other initiatives is to accelerate the adoption of Natural Leadership skills by people and organisations.

Our mission

Our mission as a foundation is to support the development of Natural Leadership and to increase awareness of the connection between Nature and humanity. 

Our roots

The foundation’s roots lie in the 2002 International Dialogue Conference of the Encounter of Worldviews Foundation. There was a strong recognition that, as a species, we humans can learn a great deal from Nature and that we have a clear responsibility to work with Nature in a sustainable way.

Based on this understanding, the next step was to create a programme in which Nature could serve as a portal for leadership transformation. And so our foundation was born.

Our approach

We support people, businesses, institutions and public organisations by offering unique leadership transformation programmes and initiatives. In doing so, we work with communities to boost Natural Leadership skills. We strongly believe in Nature as a portal to leadership.

We invite people to bond with Nature in some of the world’s most remote wilderness places. This creates a sense of connectedness and offers a profound source of natural knowledge and intuition.

Our approach to leadership transformation is based on the U Process. This is a body of thought, a framework and a methodology that lays down the path to a person’s inner source of leadership and creativity. This process was developed by Joseph Jaworski, Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer (Theory U).

Developing Natural Leadership qualities is essential to helping people and organisations find new solutions and take inclusive actions. Those actions occur in four inextricably linked domains: the Personal, Private, Professional and Public domains.

Our leadership programmes

We currently offer two key programmes in Africa and Europe and other programmes with our partners.

Team members

Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator Organization
Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator/Board Member
Foto Ron Jansen Facilitator Organization
Ron Jansen Facilitator
Esther Koning facilitator
Esther Koning Facilitator
Markus Baeuchle Facilitator
Markus Bäuchle Local Guide
Ina Smittenberg facilitator
Ina Smittenberg Facilitator
Johan Bontje Facilitator RvA
Johan Bontje Facilitator/Advisory Council
Peter Raimundo Facilitator
Peter Raimundo Local Guide
Jan Pieter van Lieshout Facilitator
Jan-Pieter van Lieshout Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Noud Duyzings Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Arjan Brouwer facilitator site
AdJan Brouwer Facilitator
Fons Driessen Facilitator RvA
Fons Driessen Facilitator/Advisory Council
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator Organisation
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Daan Vennix facilitator
Daan Vennix Facilitator
Carsten de Koning facilitator 1
Carsten de Koning Facilitator
Ad Blaauw
Ad Blaauw Local guide
Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Angel Miguel Lopez Local Guide
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Theo Houterman Facilitator Organization
Theo Houterman Facilitator/Finance Committee
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Theo Quaijtaal Facilitator/Board Member
Ido Verhagen Facilitator
Ido Verhagen Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Ivo Brautigam Facilitator
Ivo Brautigam Facilitator
Esther van der Ham facilitator
Esther van der Ham Facilitator
Robin Groeneveld facilitator
Robin Groeneveld Facilitator
Irene Mommers Facilitator Organization
Irene Mommers Facilitator/Programme Committee
Hans Meyer Swantee facilitator
Hans Meyer Swantee Facilitator
Rokus vant Riet
Rokus van 't Riet Facilitator
Jan Willem Loman Organisation Facilitator
Jan Willem Loman Facilitator/Board Member
Wayne Saunders guide
Wayne Saunders Local guide
Jasper folmer
Jasper Folmer Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Robbert Jansen Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator
Ben Tomesen facilitator
Ben Tomesen Facilitator
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Liesbeth Meijer Facilitator
Liesbeth Meijer Facilitator
Bercan Gunel Facilitator RvA
Bercan Günel Facilitator/Advisory Council
Ferwerda facilitator
Jan Ferwerda Facilitator
Charlotte den Akker Facilitator Organization
Charlotte van den Akker Facilitator/Board Member
SAM 2622
Doric Holmes Local guide
Erna ter Weele facilitator
Erna ter Weele Facilitator
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator Advisory Board
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator/Advisory Council
Ian Read Facilitator
Ian Read Local Guide
Hidde van der Pol Facilitator
Hidde van der Pol Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator Organization
Derk Egeler Facilitator/Chairman of the Board
Foto Pino Bethencourt Gallagher Facilitator
Pino Bethencourt-Gallagher Facilitator
Claude Faciliator
Claude Caron Local Guide
Henriette Lurvink facilitator
Henriette Lurvink Facilitator
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator Organization
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator/Programme Committee
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Richard Wibbelink Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator

All upcoming programmes

Imfolozi, South Africa 27 May - 5 Jun 2016 Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator View programme
Alps, Europe 1 Jun - 5 Jun 2016 Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator Organization View programme
Okavango, Botswana 3 Jun - 11 Jun 2016 Suzanne Bontje Facilitator View programme
Okavango, Botswana 17 Jun - 25 Jun 2016 Fons Driessen Facilitator RvA View programme
Spain, Europe 22 Jun - 26 Jun 2016 Geert Graveland Facilitator View programme
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What is Natural Leadership?

We believe some key building blocks are vital to leadership in the 21stcentury. They form the core of Natural Leadership and of our programmes. Obviously, such leadership focuses on both humanity and Nature in order to effectively address relevant market demands. 

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