Executive Women Network: Exploring the Essence of Healing

Exploring the Essence of Healing in the Executive Women Network. A Deep Dive into the Interplay of Success, Happiness, and Self-Reflection.

Introduction: The Significance of Healing in Professional Success and Happiness

Embarking on the journey of healing is paramount for achieving both “success” and “happiness” in any career.

The intricate relationship between these elements is often overlooked in our pursuit of career advancement and personal contentment. Because success means different to different people, I chose to look at success, in the context of this discussion only through the lens of ascending the career ladder, while happiness is defined by a prevalence of positive emotions over negative ones.

The Paradox of Success and Happiness

The intriguing question that surfaces is why, despite reaching pinnacles of success, do many individuals ( men and women) find themselves grappling with a lack of happiness? Furthermore, the paradox emerges—why do some intellectually brilliant minds fall short of achieving the success they seem destined for?

This article endeavors to unravel these perplexities, shedding light on the importance of healing in the executive landscape.

The Executive Struggle: Self-Criticism and Loneliness at the Top

As one delves into the intricate dynamics of executive life, a profound observation comes to the forefront. The more I interact with chief executives, the more evident it becomes that these high achievers are not only remarkable in their accomplishments but also remarkably tough on themselves. The prevailing culture in executive spheres often perpetuates a self-critical mindset, where individuals inadvertently become their own harshest critics.

In the relentless pursuit of professional excellence, executives frequently find themselves traversing a solitary path—the loneliness at the top; It really gets lonely at the top! This isolation is not merely geographical but extends to the psychological realm, where the weight of responsibilities and expectations can become overwhelming. The toll this takes on mental well-being cannot and should not be underestimated.

Healing as a Transformative Journey in the Executive Landscape

To comprehend the essence of healing in the executive context, one must first recognize that healing is not a destination but a transformative journey. The decision to embark on this journey is not only a choice to address existing wounds but also a commitment to nurturing one’s holistic well-being. It involves a deliberate effort to reconcile with the past, understand the present, and shape a more resilient future.

The imperative question arises: why is healing so integral to the pursuit of success and happiness? The answer lies in the interconnectedness of these elements. Success, without a foundation of inner healing, risks being a hollow achievement. It becomes a precarious ascent built on fragile pillars, susceptible to the tremors of self-doubt and unaddressed emotional baggage.

Healing Challenges for Executive Women

Executive women, navigating complex professional landscapes, often grapple with societal expectations, gender biases, and the perennial quest for work-life balance. The cumulative impact of these challenges can manifest in emotional wounds, which, if left unattended, fester and undermine both personal and professional growth. Healing serves as the antidote, fostering resilience and empowering individuals to confront challenges with a fortified spirit.

The correlation between self-reflection, healing, and success becomes more apparent when considering the profound impact of a positive mindset on career trajectories. Executives who engage in the healing process are better equipped to cultivate a mindset that embraces challenges as opportunities for growth. They navigate setbacks with resilience, viewing them as temporary detours rather than insurmountable roadblocks.

The Impact of Healing on Mindset and Career Trajectory

Moreover, the interplay between healing and happiness becomes evident as individuals address and resolve emotional scars. Emotional well-being becomes the cornerstone of a fulfilling life, where positive emotions outweigh the negative. The ability to find joy in achievements, no matter how small, stems from a healed psyche that is not burdened by unresolved traumas or lingering self-doubt.

It is essential to acknowledge that the culture of self-criticism ingrained in executive spheres is a counterproductive force. Instead of propelling individuals towards greater heights, it often stifles creativity, innovation, and authentic self-expression. The healing journey facilitates a shift in this cultural paradigm, encouraging executives to embrace self-compassion and recognize that imperfections are not liabilities but stepping stones to growth.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Creating a conducive environment for healing within the executive women network involves fostering a culture of support, empathy, and open dialogue. Recognizing vulnerability as a strength rather than a weakness paves the way for genuine connections and collaborative problem-solving, and I am a living proof for that. It dismantles the isolation that pervades the upper echelons of leadership, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared humanity.

In essence, healing in the executive women network is not a luxury but a strategic necessity. It is an investment in the long-term sustainability of success and happiness. Organizations that prioritize the well-being of their leaders witness not only enhanced individual performance but also a ripple effect on the overall organizational culture. A healed leadership cadre sets the tone for a workplace where creativity flourishes, resilience abounds, and genuine connections thrive.

Conclusion: The Collective Imperative of Healing in Professional Networks

In conclusion, the imperative to heal in the executive women network and any professional network transcends the individual realm and extends to the collective consciousness of organizations. Recognizing the symbiotic relationship between healing, success, and happiness is the first step towards fostering a transformative culture that elevates both individuals and the organizations they lead. The journey of healing is not a detour from the path of success but an integral part of the expedition, enriching the narrative with depth, authenticity, and enduring fulfillment.

I consider executive coaching as “healing” since it addresses emotional and professional wounds. It promotes self-awareness, resilience, and positive change, fostering leaders’ holistic well-being and organizational health.


Kudos to positive leadership and positive workplaces that cherishes employees’ wellbeing and success equally.

Author: Faten El Ayache. Executive Coach, Coach Trainer and Mentor

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