Evolving Leadership Concepts

by Edgardo Caramella

There are many different ways and even more opinions about how to lead groups of people. I have been in a leadership role for decades and I can attest that times have changed. The social and individual needs have changed and this forces us to rethink the ways we lead.

Modern man is not satisfied merely with gaining economic benefit. He needs to feel that he is part of the process he is participating in. Work should boost self-esteem and personal fulfillment, which is then projected into future achievements.

From my experience leading diverse groups, I would like to suggest that the first thing you do is leave behind the image of a hard and rigid leader, someone who constantly makes known their position of power through intimidation, giving orders and punishments to those who don’t submit to their directives.

Anyone who leads with intimidation is inevitably doomed for failure, will struggle to reach their goals or evolve as a leader. And, even worse, will be completely alone and isolated.

Today leaders must build trust. They can no longer simply giving orders and expect results. Instead, they need to develop the art of persuasion and achieve a synergy within the team of collaborators. A leader must be a facilitator, discovering the talents and skills of the team in order to direct those aptitudes towards the task at hand. They need to the entire group to interact to create a learning experience that progresses like a upward spiral.

Leaders must care for and meet the needs of coworkers, establishing human relationships built on trust, mutual support, interest in the task and personal evolution. In turn, the group of employees should be involved in every way, providing physical, emotional and mental energies moving together in the direction of the objective.

Primary among the many items a leader should share with the team is information. There are those who do not share vital information with others out of fear or in an attempt to protect a perceived competitive advantage, creating a gap of knowledge that will only lead to lower group performance and disinterested collaborators. Information is fuel to the fire and, as such, must reach the group to become creative energy.

Today we have the technological tools to facilitate the flow of information, but we shouldn’t ignore the value of frequent personal encounters, when sincere eye contact, handshake, hug, or conversation strengthen bonds which are the flame that forges a genuine connection.

This does not mean that everyone should love each other deeply. It’s about generating connections, respect, strategic and smart partnerships that are above any emotional differences in order to carry out strategic planning and the realization of goals established as a guideline by the leader.

Another powerful element that solidifies and enhances a group’s cohesion is value. We must ensure that ethics, truth, solidarity, the application of basic concepts of good citizenship, tolerance and good manners all predominate within the organization. The leader must be a consistent example, constantly striving, available 24 hours and always training to be better. It’s essential that you continue to grow as a human being and share your knowledge with others.

I recommend using the context of "us" more and “me" less, as a way of thinking, being, feeling and expressing oneself. This allows the leader to maintain his status while achieving broader acceptance among his subordinates, preserving the emphasis on group synergy as well as the leader’s assigned authority.

Remember that authority only arises with the group’s acceptance of an individual as the most capable to lead. The power, however, is often obtained from circumstances that are not related to the ability of who has it.

The task of sharing information is essential because it generates acceptance, appreciation, and releases energy that will multiply exponentially.

The leader's job comes with great responsibility because the group being led incorporates the leader’s behaviors. This dynamic should be an asset and can be easily managed if the leader is sincere.

If we want to perform as good leaders, we must try to build the best version of ourselves as human beings. Work on what we are to do what we do best!

We reveal the secret to a long and happy life (…and it’s not what you were hoping)

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

Do you want to live a long and happy life? ‘Master’ guru SMARTananda reveals how this one little-known secret effortlessly gives you the life you always wanted in just 2 weeks…

You can’t deny that these marketers are clever. The way that they pray on our basic human desires to feel happy, secure and accepted. And the way that they dangle the promise of instant gratification within arm’s reach only for it to evaporate as soon as your credit card payment leaves your bank account.

I thought I’d set the record straight and tell you the real ‘secret’ to living a long and happy life. It’s what I’ve learnt from 22 years of working with The DeRose Method and hundreds of conversations I've had with doctors, nutritionists, neurologists, physiotherapists and gym trainers.

Okay, here goes…

  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough good quality sleep, preferably at the same time every night
  • Invest in your relationships with your family and your best friends
  • Do meaningful work that you love instead of a job that you do just for money or image

What? You already knew all that?

Exactly, that’s the point.

We’ve known what the ingredients for a happy life are for decades and the answers are obvious.

So, if you already know the answers why haven’t you mastered them all already?

It’s because we live in a culture where those kind of values aren’t the norm. We are all a product of our environment and if everyone at your office eats fast food, binge drinks and lives a crazy stressed-out life those things feel like the normal way for you to live too.

It’s only when you experience a different kind of environment and spend time with people who have a different set of priorities in life that change becomes possible.

At the DeRose Method we don’t sell ‘secrets’ and ‘miracle cures’. Everything we teach is easy-to-understand, dare I say it, common sense advice. What we offer that’s unique is a supportive, nurturing environment full of like-minded people.

We’re a million miles away from the workaholic, instant gratification, status-obsessed world that dominates the media. And we’re proud of that.

If you’ve not already experienced it for yourself (or if you have and you’ve got a friend you want to bring into the fold) come and pay us a visit at Wetherby Mansions - because our door is always open to you.

Kind Regards

Gustavo Cardoso

Do You Have An Unhealthy Breathing Habit?

Imagine someone who eats fast food every single day of their life.

Each morning they wake up, guzzle down gallons of Coca Cola, cram their mouths with chocolate bars... before grabbing their coat and heading to Pizza Hut for breakfast.

This kind of person is at high risk of obesity, diabetes and any number of other major health problems.
But obviously you already knew that. The question is...
Is the way you think about breathing the same way that our fast-food loving friend thinks about his diet?
If you’ve never learnt to breathe properly or never done any breath training before then the answer is probably YES.
Breathing correctly is about more than just doing the bare minimum to stay alive. After learning about breathing, my students tell me how they feel more energetic and start feeling less stressed by work and life in a matter of days.

And the benefits of lower stress levels are obvious and extremely well proven: a stronger immune system, better digestions, better sleeping patterns, less migraines... I could go on with this list for a very long time.

For me the most interesting benefit of learning to breathe better is the immediate boost in emotional awareness that our students report. That is, the ability to think objectively and be more aware of their emotions rather than just acting on them automatically and compulsively.

Why is emotional awareness important?

  • In a stressful meeting it’s the person who thinks most clearly that wields the most influence

  • In an exam it’s the student who keeps her mind serene and focussed that gets the best grades

  • And it’s the sportsman who knows how to breathe correctly that has the winning edge over his competitors

Breathing exercises are one of the first things that we teach at DeRose Method London and it’s because they’re such an easy way to improve people’s everyday performance levels.

I better go now but if you would like to learn more about breathing you’re more than welcome to pop into our school and ask one of our friendly instructors for some free 1-to-1 advice.

We also run regular classes specifically about breathing (because we think it’s so important).

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about breathing. Next month I’m going to be writing about good nourishment, one of our concepts. 

Gustavo Cardoso

and now, will you ignore?

The Cambridge Declaration on ConsciousnessWe declare the following: “The absence of a neocortex does not appear to preclude an organism fromexperiencing affective states. Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have theneuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along withthe capacity to exhibit intentional behaviors. Consequently, the weight of evidence indicates thathumans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness. Nonhumananimals, including all mammals and birds, and many other creatures, including octopuses, alsopossess these neurological substrates.”

Read the full article here

“Animals are my friends, and I don't eat my friends.”

George Bernard Shaw

Sonia Ferreira

HMMMMMMM Spice it up! Chai Recipe.

Spice up your day with this delicious Chai recipe, made at all our schools worldwide!



Sugar, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, black tea, powdered milk.

Makes 1 Litre.

¾ cup of sugar

¾ cup of fresh grated ginger

4 sticks of cinnamon

7 seeds of cardamom

3 cups of boiling water

2/3 bags of black tea

2 tablespoons of powdered milk dissolved in ½ cup of water



Put the sugar in a large pot and let it partially melt

Add the ginger and stir and then the cinnamon.

Crush the cardamom seeds and add them too. Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the 3 cups of boiling water, stir, and add the tea bags.

Just before boiling, turn off the cooker. Let it rest for 5 minutes.

Pour the mix through a drain to separate liquid from spices.

· Dilute the powder milk and add it to the tea.


Your Chai is ready to enjoy with Friend!