Leadership Reflection Circles


As Napoleon once said, “leaders are merchants of hope.” True leadership doesn’t show itself when seas are calm. It becomes relevant when there are storms. It is far too easy to sail in calm weather. In times of crisis, not only should leaders provide hope, they also should show their humanity; be empathic given the inevitability of human suffering. They are emotional containers for the fears and anxieties that arise when times are tough. Leaders should show signs of humility. True leaders realise that they don’t have all the answers. They know that they should draw on the knowledge of their people—to give them voice. And finally, it doesn’t hurt to have a sense of humour. It is often the glue that helps to overcome difficult times.

Manfred Kets de Vries

Leadership during these times of crisis presents unprecedented challenges. Leaders must  find new reserves of energy to:

  • “Do the impossible” to keep operations running under very challenging circumstances. 
  • Improvise where there are no rules and no processes. 
  • Support others who are under immense professional as well as personal pressure, who are more than ever looking up to their leaders for help and direction. 
  • Manage their own anxieties and responsibilities they have for their loved ones. 
  • Do all this virtually and from home, where it might be difficult to create the space to focus. 


The Leadership Reflection Circle (LRC) is an open-enrolment group coaching journey designed to tap into the insight and experience of peers and a senior executive coach. We create a reflective, creative and confidential space to: 

  • Share challenges
  • Exchange experiences
  • Experiment with creative problem-solving
  • Reflect on leadership style, sense of purpose and personal impact
  • Develop an active support and learning network


From the work in these Leadership Reflection Circles, participants will gain energy to deal with their current professional as well as emotional and family challenges. They will also benefit from the peer network created through the experience.


  • Leadership Reflection Circles are targeted to executive leaders with a minimum of 10 years' work experience.
  • Circles are composed of five leaders, led by an experienced KDVI coach who facilitates the sessions online.
  • The facilitation approach is grounded in the coaching methodologies developed by Professor Manfred Kets de Vries and his colleagues.
  • Circles can be run in English, German, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese. Please enquire for other languages. By default, the circles will be run in English. 


"I have found the LRC interesting, provoking and rich in depth. We have a very international group with participants from Malaysia, The Netherlands, India, Shanghai and Italy." 

"It was like a full leadership course in the space of five weeks. Thank you!"

"The crisis has felt very lonely at times. The circle gave me new perspective, and I've been able to leverage the insights of every leader in the group."