This week happened to be one of those weeks where I was in many conversations about what I do. My standard response is “Leadership Coach and Consultant.”  I believe however, like so many of us “What do you do?” could have a thesis response and it still wouldn’t fill in all the gaps…

What do I do?

  • I change the lives of my clients
  • I transform lives, families, and businesses
  • I expand dreams and help the leader become who they need to be to achieve and hold that next dream, that expanded business, or that new lifestyle.
  • Through my Self-Assessment Leadership Tool, I support leaders in seeing how their leadership style impacts not only their business and relationships, but how it also impacts their health.
  • I could go on and on but that is more than enough.

A common comment/question that I get in all this is “Their health?”

Followed by “I’ve never seen anyone connect those two before.” I’m sure they haven’t. I created it. My research for my dissertation, plus 25+ years as a psychotherapist, founder of an Institute of Healing, and as a Leadership Coach, have all shown me that our personalities, and consequently our leadership styles, define how we hold our stress. They dictate our belief systems, our approach to life, and the multitude of challenges, gifts, and experiences we encounter.

We have all heard that if you believe life is hard, it will be, and if you believe in miracles, you will see them daily. The biggest or most comprehensive one for me is the saying “Change your thoughts, change your life.”

If your company is seen as a burden, it will negatively impact your health.  It will drag you down, exhaust you, and cause you to resent so many of the folks whether clients, coworkers, or employees. If you believe life and business require you to push, the price is high. If for a single minute you believe you are in it alone, the price is high.

If you believe life is a gift and your life, your business, and/or your relationships, are all avenues in which you can see gifts, are called to grow, yet you create or discover challenges you can confront and walk through, then you are on the right track.

Be honest with yourself, transparent to all others to the extent that you can be and recognize every one of us is called to leadership of our lives, our careers, and possibly our companies. If they are undertaken as an adventure, as a journey you are creating, then company expansion, maintenance, or retirement leads to your health.

What is your approach to each of these stages? What is your daily attitude? How is it hurting or harming you and your health? Is it? What is your stress level? It will tell you how you are doing. Notice if you blame it on everything and everyone else.  Your stress level is yours. Know stress is the beginning of all disease. Create a leadership style that supports your health and also learn what works for you to relieve whatever stress you do pick up. Your health is worth it.


About Dorothy

Dr. Dorothy’s life story of coming from an orphanage, being raised in the housing projects of South Boston, becoming a Catholic nun, an international airline stewardess, a wife, mother, graduate faculty member, Clinical Instructor at a Medical School, and so much more provides the perfect backdrop for her message of joy, humor, passion and faith as the necessary tools for life.