Our world is in crisis. The pandemic, political polarization, social and environmental instability, and economic uncertainty have led to profound societal shifts. Evolve: The Path to Trauma-Informed Leadership is a pioneering book that invites readers to examine their relationship with work and their experienced trauma as humans, both personal and collective, to create a new paradigm. As a young wife and mother, author Carolyn Swora supported her husband through his journey with terminal cancer, while also climbing the corporate ladder and coming to grips with her own turbulent childhood. Through self-reflection and subsequent research, Swora developed a ground breaking blueprint to help readers examine themselves and their leadership styles in order to evolve the modern workplace.
“We can’t ignore the reality, like I did for so many years, that to be human is to have trauma. We now have no choice but to learn how to lead with an understanding of how it impacts us and the way we show up,” says author Carolyn Swora. As a trauma informed leadership coach, Human Spirit Ignitor, podcaster, and successful author, Swora shows readers the importance of allowing ourselves to experience emotion and the hardship of being human, and grow our vulnerability and resilience at the same time. In writing Evolve, her goal was to help leaders understand trauma as a catalyst to personal power, so that they can lead from a place of compassion and vulnerability in order to drive real change. “I want to talk about trauma and how its impact needs to reshape how we interact at work and the skills leaders now need to have in their toolbox.”
In the book, Swora explains why trauma causes physical and psychological changes in our bodies. Using real-life examples and explanations grounded in science, she provides practical advice to help readers understand that unconscious reactivity patterns impact how we connect with others. Swora empowers readers to embody a new, Evolved Leadership Model of self-awareness, self-regulation and co-regulation that enables them to better understand themselves and how their behavior creates safety or drives protective responses. This revolutionary message can build bridges between millions of employees and the leadership community, both of who are feeling overworked, disconnected and burnt out. It can inspire us all to re-envision how we live and work in our day to day lives, so that as a society, we can learn to understand our trauma in a healthy way and move toward building a safe workplace culture where everyone can flourish.
Evolve has been endorsed by well-renowned experts, authors, and reviewers around the world. Glain Roberts-McCabe, Founder and President of The Roundtable Inc. writes, “Carolyn provides an accessible primer on a difficult but important topic that will, at the very least, reframe your definition of trauma, and at the best, inspire your leadership practice to even deeper levels.” In addition, Alison Staples, VP of People and Culture at March of Dimes Canada writes, “If you want to evolve your leadership and embark on a journey of self-analysis, self-discovery, and change, Evolve offers concepts and practical advice that is both thorough and easy to apply.”
With years of wisdom distilled into an accessible, profound, and engaging book, Swora presents a revolutionary way of embracing human connection at work to transform leadership styles and evolve the modern workplace. Available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Apple iBooks, readers looking to breathe new life into their leadership practice are encouraged to purchase their copy today: https://www.amazon.com/Evolve-Trauma-Informed-Leadership-Carolyn-Swora/dp/1998754197
About the Author
Carolyn Swora is a certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator, as well as a Trauma-Informed Leadership Consultant. She works with small, medium and large organizations across Canada and the United States on becoming more compassionate, human and empathetic. Carolyn works with teams and individuals using the Enneagram Personality system to deepen self-awareness into behavioral patterns and team dynamics.
She has a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Bachelor of Education and has studied Resilience and Workplace Culture Transformation. She hosts the podcast Evolve: A new era of Leadership, exploring the future of leadership with business leaders, psychologists and coaches. She has also developed her own transformational leadership development methodologies, which she breaks down in her second book Evolve: The Path to Trauma-Informed Leadership.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.carolynswora.com/
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