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

Johan Bontje facilitator
Johan Bontje Facilitator/Committee of Recommendation
Gerdien Gesink
Gerdien Gesink Facilitator
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Jan Willem Loman Facilitator
Sam Muller facilitator
Sam Muller Facilitator
Ferwerda facilitator
Jan Ferwerda Facilitator
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator Advisory Board
Elfrieke van Galen Facilitator/Committee of Recommendation
Wim Plaizier facilitator
Wim Plaizier Facilitator
Ian Read Facilitator
Ian Read Local Guide
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Suzanne Bontje Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator
Nienke den Os Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Martin Stam facilitator
Martin Stam Facilitator
Erna ter Weele facilitator
Erna ter Weele Facilitator/Board member
Rokus vant Riet
Rokus van 't Riet Facilitator
Sandra Schotsman facilitator
Sandra Schotsman Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator
Derk Egeler Facilitator/Supervisory Board
Jasper folmer
Jasper Folmer Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Robert van der Hoeven facilitator
Robert van der Hoeven Facilitator
Charlotte den Akker Facilitator Organization
Charlotte van den Akker Facilitator/Board Member
Laura Ozinga facilitator
Laura Ozinga Facilitator\Facilitator Committee
Herman Elferink facilitator
Herman Elferink Facilitator
Dorine Wekking facilitator
Dorine Wekking Facilitator
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator Organisation
Pieter Ligthart Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Marius Maljers facilitator
Marius Maljers Facilitator
Arjan Bleeker facilitator
Arjan Bleeker Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Edmond Ofner facilitator
Edmond Ofner Facilitator
Claude Faciliator
Claude Caron Local Guide
SAM 2622
Doric Holmes Local guide
Karin Oeseburg facilitator
Karin Oeseburg Facilitator/Marketing Committee
Rodney WLS gezicht gids
Rodney Hlatswayo Local guide
Maayke van der Pluym facilitator
Maayke van der Pluijm Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Geert Graveland Facilitator
Bertrand Martenet gids
Bertrand Martenet Guide
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator Organization
Boy van Droffelaar Facilitator/Community Committee
Miguel Angel Lopez
Miguel Angel Miguel Lopez Local Guide
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Esther Koning Facilitator/Community Committee
Robbert Jansen Facilitator
Robbert Jansen Facilitator/Facilitator Committee
Irene Mommers Facilitator Organization
Irene Mommers Facilitator/Programme Committee
Ben Tomesen facilitator
Ben Tomesen Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator
Wiet de Bruijn Facilitator/Chairman of the Board
Bas op trail
Bas van Putte Facilitator
Joost Leeflang facilitator
Joost Leeflang Facilitator/Board member
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
Fleur Groeneveld Facilitator
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Margon van Toor Facilitator
Bastiaan Muler facilitator
Bastiaan Mulder Facilitator
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Jacqueline Wiener Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Marco Verhagen Facilitator
Esther Ouwerkerk facilitator
Esther Ouwerkerk Facilitator

All upcoming programmes

Alps, Europe 16 May - 20 May 2018 Derk Egeler Facilitator View programme
Atlas Mountains, Morocco (for alumni only) 25 Sep - 30 Sep 2018 Laura Ozinga facilitator View programme
Spain, Europe (only for alumni) 26 Sep - 1 Oct 2017 Laura Ozinga facilitator View programme
Alps, Europe 3 Oct - 7 Oct 2018 Charlotte Karin facilitators View programme
Rwanda 14 Oct - 22 Oct 2018 Jan Willem Loman Facilitator Bestuur View programme
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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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