Understanding Trauma-Informed Leadership

Understanding Trauma-Informed Leadership


In this conversation, Carolyn Swora, a leadership consultant and team coach, discusses the importance of trauma-informed leadership and the impact of trauma on our nervous system. She shares her personal journey of loss and how it has shaped her work. Carolyn emphasizes the need to lean into fear and process our emotions to find joy and connection. She explains the science behind the nervous system and the role of co-regulation in relationships. Carolyn also highlights the significance of finding stillness and peace in our daily lives.


Trauma-informed leadership is crucial for understanding and addressing the impact of trauma on individuals and organizations.
Leaning into fear and processing our emotions allows us to connect with our true selves and experience joy.
The nervous system plays a central role in our well-being and can be cultivated and nurtured through practices like meditation and self-care.
Co-regulation, the ability to attune to others and create a sense of safety, is essential for healthy relationships.
Finding moments of stillness and peace in our daily lives can help regulate our nervous system and enhance our overall well-being.


00:00 Introduction and Background
01:01 The Roller Coaster of Life
08:14 The Nervous System and Trauma
12:36 Bringing the Body Back Online
25:30 Co-Regulation and the Nervous System
28:41 Finding Stillness and Peace
30:17 How to Connect with Carolyn Swora
31:36 Closing Remarks

About Carolyn Swora

Carolyn Swora is a leadership consultant, team coach, certified Dare To LeadTM facilitator, and two-time bestselling author. Her award-winning book, Evolve: The Path to Trauma-Informed
Leadership, brings new focus to an often ignored, yet critical leadership component: the nervous system.

With over 25 years of corporate leadership experience, Carolyn brings a fresh perspective, shedding light on untapped potential to drive performance. In her work with organizations, from pharma to non-profits, Carolyn focuses on driving change through compassion and humility. Using her trauma-informed approach, Carolyn invites leaders to build deep and stronger connections to their authentic wisdom, which leads to braver, spaces where
employees can thrive, and achieve their highest potential.

Carolyn also hosts the podcast Evolve: A new era of leadership, helping us learn how the integration of mind and body wisdom can lead us to higher performance and purpose in our workplaces.

Website: https://carolynswora.com/


Donnalynn Riley is a Joy Coach and Speaker. She has been described as a powerful translator for humankind, helping people take the esoteric concepts that make sense around how the world works; spirituality, the law of attraction, energy, the power of the mind–and apply them in a way that actually works to create lasting joyful success with ease. 

She helps people have the best day ever over and over again, moving away from ineffectively envisioning the things they want: more time, more money, and more freedom, to create their dream life full of joy, success and ease.

Educated as a Spiritual Health Coach, Quantum Biofeedback Specialist and Certified Law Of Attraction Wealth Practitioner, Donnalynn has been coaching high-achievers to become masters of their energy, communication, relationships, and success for over a decade. 

Featured in FOX, ABC, NBC, and CBS, Donnalynn Riley is now on a mission to inspire 42 million people to prioritize their joy and emotional well-being so they can achieve their goals and have the most awesome time doing it!

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