EASEL® Leader – Program (18 days / approx. 1 year)


The Leader – Program is built and based on the same elements as EASEL Facilitator – program, but it focuses on leadership. You will graduate with the psychological knowhow and strengthened social emotional skills like from EASEL Facilitator program but you will also have developed your own professional yet personal leadership style and the necessary skills to handle challenging situations with more confidence. The group size is kept small to allow for experiential learning, group discussions and individual coaching. You will process what you learn on several levels: your own experience and experiences of others, what you and others learn, the key elements of facilitation, theory, and how you can use what you learn in your own work.



In a recent study the most important element defining great performance teams turned out to be a sense of psychological safety and that to build that the team leaders need to build trust and model the right behaviours (Google). Nokia failed at that with well-known consequences, according to a study by Aalto University and Insead. In one recent and rather large study on motivation managing directors ticked leading people as the last one of five options and saw them mostly as a cause of stress. That need not be the case. But people are often promoted to managerial positions because they are very skilled and experienced in own work. However, when your role changes you need to also change your mindset. Instead of doing your own job well, you must concentrate on supporting others in theirs, helping them do well. You also need to quickly earn the trust and respect of team members to be able to, when necessary also demand, give constructive feedback, solve conflicts and set boundaries. All that requires such social emotional skills that most of us didn’t have before our first promotion because we simply hadn’t needed them the same way earlier and, therefore, could not have fully cultivated either. Work teaches us but EASEL TakeTheLead helps you meet the demands of your leadership role easier through refining your psychological leadership skills and strengthening your personal social and emotional skills to match your job.


You will e.g.:

  • Learn the key elements of EASEL Facilitator program, but focus on leading people, processes, values, work culture and psychological wellbeing
  • Strengthen own social emotional skills
  • Increase your understanding of the dynamics in interactions, peoples’ reactions under stress, and how to respond to them and handle hidden interpersonal tensions
  • Get tools to build and lead cultures that support goals, sense of meaning, psychological safety and company values
  • Learn to identify different phases of professional development, and how to lead in each one and coach from one phase to the next
  • Learn to identify and face the challenges and issues of boundaries related to becoming the leader of your colleagues
  • Gain confidence and tools to deal with challenging clients, conflicts among team members, financial pressures that contradict your values, and handle sheer crises
  • Find ways to maintain personal balance even under pressure so you can hear others the way they want to be heard, learn, change, grow, treasure disagreements, make sensible decisions, and solve problems creatively and respectfully.

Request an offer of a program for your company, or sign up for the next open course!

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We all have the same head attached to the same legs in and out of office.


Making a change requires that you know what you need to work on, have sufficient support, and can tolerate some anxiety related to all changes. The human brain does not like changes even when they are good. We think about changes as a river one needs to jump over. The tough part is often the bit where you are in the air, not able to go back but not knowing if you’ll make the distance and what you will face on the other side.


Participants to our workshop listed the following examples of important new insights:

  • How to recognize own emotions and distinguish them from the emotion contagion from others in social situations.
  • How enhancing emotion regulation and the awareness of the influences of “a chemical cocktail” (of an emotion) in the body are important keys to personal development.
  • It is possible to learn to better regulate own emotions and reactions once you understand the process in the human brain and body.
  • The ability to feel empathy and compassion towards others starts from the experience of compassion towards self.
  • The importance of setting own boundaries and how to deal with “boundary violations” (conflicts) in a constructive way. Strengthening own social emotional skills to be more sensitive of other people’s boundaries when interacting with them. On the other hand, widening own understanding to not automatically take someone’s behavior as deliberate boundary violation if I haven’t expressed my boundaries clearly.
  • Own responsibility in social situations. Strengthening own social emotional skills and accepting that there are two responsible parties in every interaction.
  • Letting go of preconceptions and unhelpful attitudes and beliefs.
  • Own behavior and attitude may be a lock but also a gate to something new.

"Mari Louhi-Lehtiö has successfully combined to each training day a strong foundation in science (social neurosciences, education, psychology etc.) that, thanks to the every-day-examples, participants are able to understand and integrate into a meaningful working framework for own work. The insights gained invariably influence peoples’ private lives, too. I warmly recommend both EASEL® as a facilitation methodology and Mari as an outstanding coach, trainer, and lecturer."


“Social emotional skills are essential in our work when we train corporate leaders, executives and teams. The trainer’s own healthy self-awareness and ability for empathy (without being swallowed by it) are key elements for success in our work. EASEL® offers us as leadership trainers a solid framework for learning and analyzing our work. I have spent a year in EASEL Facilitator training but even in just one training day to my colleagues Mari increased their understanding about human behavior in an interesting way with the perspective of social neurosciences. Mari Louhi-Lehtiö has an exceptional ability to bridge evidence-based theories and scientific knowledge to every-day situations making her trainings engaging and convincing.

Many of our corporate clients struggle with constant changes caused by markets. Their work requires flexibility and ability to change but at the same time persistence to reach the goals with selected strategies. In our own trainings we have seen how the perspectives borrowed from EASEL® have generated new insights among our corporate clients and, in turn, helped them improve their work."

Our Thinking

When your job is to help, guide, teach, heal or lead others, ET’s programs help you do your job more professionally, more effectively, with heart and less fatigue.

EASEL®, is a method for increasing well-being and success at work and in private life through strengthening Social Emotional Skills. EASEL® benefits any work with people and should be in every interaction as a parent.

EASEL®Facilitator training program is for everyone who works with people and wants to become better at it. Our target groups are professionals whose job is to lead, teach, motivate, coach, support, counsel, serve or heal others.


If you want to be well and successful both at work and in your personal life, EASEL® helps you re-calibrate your Social Emotional Skills to better match the demands of your work and today’s world. EASEL®Facilitator training program also adds to your professional toolbox an effective facilitation methodology for experiential social emotional learning or therapy (depending on your background education)

Our Mission

EASEL Training’s mission is to help you stay happy, balanced, successful and creative in both your personal and professional life through helping you strengthen your Emotional Competence.

Our Vision

In our vision, social emotional skills are consistently strengthened as part of all education and training, personal development, and professional continuing education. Children’s social emotional skills and all-round well-being depend on the social emotional skills and balance of the adults around them.

Our Values

  • Open dialogue
  • Honesty and transparency
  • Professionalism
  • Community

EASEL Training helps those, who want success working with people, and combine their careers and personal life.

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