Cultivating Charismatic Leadership

Stanford scientist Dr. Emma Seppälä’s book, The Happiness Track, finally arrived and I’m excited to report that it contains science-based arguments for happiness as the most effective path to success, which is the essence of Alchemus Prime’s Career Manifestation Program.

I finished the book in two sittings: it’s easy to read and contains important pieces of science backing happiness and calmness as cornerstones of success. I’ll probably summarize a few aspects of this wonderful book over time. My earlier post focused on the importance of inspiration, kindness, and self-care in the workplace.

In this piece, I want to highlight Dr. Seppälä’s tips for cultivating charisma, through the lenses of my work. The core of charisma, according to Dr. Seppälä, is being fully present. Her tips for charisma include empathy, good listening skills, eye contact, enthusiasm, self-confidence, and skillful speaking.

Our career manifestation program includes retreats and workshops that leverage the four pillars of the Alchemus Prime Diamond Model: behavior change, design thinking, biomimicry, and meditation. Our retreats encompass the above aspects of charismatic leadership, and go beyond them to cultivate what we call champions of the earth: leaders who are aligned with their own deep purpose and that of regenerating the earth.

Our meditation exercises help clients achieve enhanced awareness and calm attentiveness to the present moment. This allows retreat participants to become acutely aware of their authentic selves, their sense of purpose, and their personal and professional goals. Through behavioral science methods, we then assist participants in operationalizing their goals to ensure success.

Through design thinking exercises, we help participants build empathy, cultivate clarity in speaking and listening as well as giving feedback, and harness the power of creativity and enthusiasm while overcoming judgment and fear of failure.

Through immersion in their chosen natural landscape or seascape, and biomimicry exercises, we help clients find inspiration from and alignment with nature’s design and principles so they can emerge from our retreat passionate about their mission, which includes enhancing planetary conditions to safeguard all life.

Thus, our work aligns each client’s desired career with earth-sustaining impact using science-based tools. As we help others manifest their win-win solutions, we are living our dream lives too, always cultivating a dynamic balance between rest, work, play, as well as the creation of new solutions, art, music, technologies, ideas, and more.


A beautiful rainbow at a recent retreat we conducted. Participants reported that time outside in nature was one of the most important aspects of the retreat because it helped them cultivate presence.


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