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The Ontological Leader

The Ontological Leader invites us to open the covers of our life, so we can find the marvels inside. It invites us to explore our life as an ongoing narrative, where we can constantly refine the inner landscape of our being. The human soul is the hidden side of business.

Mar 29, 2020

“The manner in which we observe determines what we observe. But ... how aware are we of how we observe and how we can change that? The only place we can observe from is our Way of Being, which is where our perceptions and attitudes live, many of which are deep-seated and out-of-awareness.”– Alan Sieler

Alan is the Director of Newfield Institute. He has designed a world-leading in-depth, comprehensive and internationally accredited coach-training program, the Certified Ontological Coaching and Leadership Program (formerly GraduateDiploma of Ontological Coaching). Alan also works with a network of colleagues in different countries in the delivery of Ontology as a robust business improvement methodology for organizations to enhance leadership capability, eliminate coordination waste and develop collaborative capital as the means to building a high-performance culture.

Highlights from this episode

  • How can we refrain from falling into fear and anxiety, in this current COVID-19 pandemic [5:02]
  • What to look for when you stop and listen to yourself [6:50]
  • Difficult times are also times of opportunity [10:33]
  • Artistry exists in everyday life…it doesn’t belong to the elite people [15:25]
  • With ontological design we can begin to notice our internal conversations [18:20]
  • What can we do to become better learners [20:10]
  • Curiosity is a gift… it helps us be better learners [21:00]
  • Ontological self-coaching is very much about self-authoring our way of being [24:04]
  • How to deal with resentment when faced with crisis [5:15]

More about Alan

Alan has worked with personnel in global and national corporations and government organizations from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, India, mainland China, England, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, France, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, and the United States.

Information about Alan’s coach training and corporate services can be found at:

Newfield Institute (Australia) -

Ontological Coaching Institute (global) - 

Both websites have the same wide range of articles on the applications of Ontology for leadership development, organizational improvement, executive and personal coaching, relationships and personal development.

Contact Alan at:


“People are complex, and if people are going to change, adjust and adapt to different circumstances, it very much involves them changing their perceptions and behaviors.” [14:16]

“People can only lead from their way of being to be more effective as leaders.” (19:00]