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

All upcoming programmes

Okavango, Botswana 5 Apr - 13 Apr 2019 Suzanne Bontje Facilitator 1 View programme
Imfolozi, South Africa 10 May - 19 May 2019 Gerdien Geesink facilitator View programme
Okavango, Botswana 17 May - 25 May 2019 Johan Bontje facilitator View programme
Marataba, South Africa 17 May - 25 May 2019 Bastiaan Mulder facilitator View programme
Spain, Europe 22 May - 26 May 2019 Rokus Herman facilitator View programme
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Natural Leadership Ebook

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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