Our heart is free!

May we all have the courage to lead with it.

"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously

give other people permission to do the same.”

-Marianne Williamson

“A good head and a good heart are always

a formidable combination.”

-Nelson Mandela

"If you don't understand that you're in service to the people below you,
then you don't know anything about leadership."

Dee Hawkes – writer, teacher and football coach.

Unleashing Heart-Based Leadership around the globe

Have you ever experienced a person that demonstrates empathy and compassion, that’s OK with showing their own emotion and vulnerability, that doesn’t rationalize everything but demonstrates trust & faith AND overall is recognized in their environment to be successful in business?

If so, have you ever asked yourself what makes them tick? What they think, how they do it and what kind of (inner) strategies they follow to be able to act as heart-based leaders, especially in the hard facts and figures of the cooperate world? We did! And we feel high gratitude to be around such people.

As we’ve experienced first-hand these benefits and have seen the impact they have had in the business world, we aim to amplify their success by figuring out what exactly is the difference that makes the difference. How do they truly succeed to lead from the heart ? We aim to find insightful answers by interviewing these leaders so they can in return inspire others and contribute to UNLEASHING HEART-BASED LEADERSHIP around the globe.

Who we are

We are international trainers and coaches active in the context of leadership and personal development for many years. We feel that the world has a real need for role models that thrive and live by what we call Heart-based Leadership. We have embarked on a journey to demystify this talent and way of being and want to reveal our world’s top inspiring Heart-Based Leaders (HBL).

Co-leaders of the project:

  • Colette
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  • Kathrin

Colette Normandeau ( Canada )

“Our world is going through not so easy times … Our unity and humanity is continuously tested! I firmly believe that our leaders can inspire and facilitate heart-based businesses and global communities that will not only survive but also THRIVE. We can grow individually and as a collective by creating these environments with the best of our BEINGS and our HEARTS! Heartfelt connections and interactions can improve emotional and psychological health of individuals of all walks of life and all levels in the corporate world. Our global collaboration, our courage and our perseverance will allow these organizations to arise.”
Colette is an international NLP Master-trainer and executive and life coach. Founder of the French NLP school L’essentiel (authorized school with NLPU, Robert Dilts and Judith DeLozier) She trains and certifies Life, Business and Executive NLP coaches in Quebec, Toulouse and Morocco. Colette is also certified by Dilts Strategy Group as a SFM facilitator and trainer and has worked in business with entrepreneurs, leaders, teams for the past 16 years.
“The best the way to predict the future is to start creating it now… together with love.”

Kathrin M. Wyss (Switzerland / USA)

“Unleashing Heart-Based leadership around the world is a true desire that directly aligns with my passion to reconnect people with each other & their work in the business context”.
Kathrin is born in Zurich Switzerland and lives since 2015 in the US. She is a pharmacist by training and enriched her extensive education program with management, communication, coaching and training skills. She is a highly-versatile and passionate person who knows how to break down learned knowledge into daily tasks, to inspire other people and to achieve sustainable change.
Since 2008 Kathrin works fulltime as accredited Executive Coach, Change Agent and Leadership Trainer and counts senior business leaders, senior executives to middle managers as well as entrepreneurs as her clients. She acts as a catalyst for her clients in gaining key insights, greater clarity and overall alignment of their visions as professional and as human being.
“I love to dig deep to let you find answers to some difficult questions that might be holding you back, almost unconsciously. All to allow you moving forward to reach for your dreams.”


“Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.”
-Mac Anderson-

The start

Our project ‘Unleashing Heart-Based Leadership’ was born in August 2016 during a further education in the context of collective intelligence held at the University of Santa Cruz in California. We all felt that our world needed inspiring role models, who expressed true Heart-Based Leadership (HBL). Our proposed journey would begin by finding and shining light on these leaders, discovering the essence of their ability and then reveal their story to the world.

The steps

To achieve this, we shall interview a few dozen well established and recognized leaders from around the globe. We aim to elicit commonalities in their leadership approach. Our findings will be used for lectures, workshops, as well as different publications. One of the goals of our project is to publish a book comprised of 22 interviews with our inspiring leaders by fall 2018. We also aim to build a community of Heart-Based Leaders with regional activities and also hold a global leadership summit in 2021 uniting aspiring and well established HB Leaders worldwide.

The reason WHY

We feel that the noise made by shareholder value and monetary performance indicators is overshadowing the importance of engaging and generative work places. Our overall vision is to ‘Revive HUMANITY’ especially in the business world. This is important for us, as we feel that true expression of talents, passions and innovation can only come from environments where individuals are valued and appreciated.

Make An Impact

You feel our mission of Unleashing Heart-based Leadership is a worthwhile project? You are curious to know more? You know someone that fits the description of a Heart-Based Leader? Or you want to support us in any way with resources, skills, talents and connections? We will be thrilled to get to know you and explore what we can do together. Please send us an email (connect@UnleashingHBL.com)and we’ll get in touch with you with further details. You also can support us in a monetary way as we do this project on a voluntary base.
Please see the section Donate.

"Our greatest greatness lies in the softness and tenderness of our heart"

Our work on this project is voluntary. Our expenses include translations, transcripts, as well as travel costs. Presently we cover all costs. We feel it is of high importance to succeed this project so we are happy to finance it as much as we can. Although, if you feel compelled to support our mission of Unleashing Heart-based Leadership, we would truly appreciate your monetary support. We have established a crowdfunding page here or you can contact our treasurer Kathrin to use PayPal, your credit card or a direct bank wire.
All donors shall be listed on this page per their level of support.


You may contact us as team (connect) or individually with the following emails. Please understand that we do not disclose our phone numbers as we are all working around the global in different time zones.
Email is best to accommodate everyone’s schedule.