• To support individuals as they experience leadership as a classroom for their soul’s evolution
  • To support those wishing to work toward becoming a Stage Five leader
  • To support those already in Stage Five who wish to strengthen their leadership
  • To integrate knowledge and experience concerning the leader-group relationship by strengthening the awareness that leadership at all times is a path of service to one’s soul


  1. To view leadership experiences through the eyes of soul development and soul lessons
  2. To experience leadership as an equal partnership between the leader and group; this partnership supports the emergence of each other’s higher potential into a joint masterpiece
  3. To practice leadership as a dynamic relationship between inner work and competence/confidence
  4. To acquire practical leadership skills that enhance the leader-group relationship

To lead well
  is a soul matter.


Do you view leadership as a way to find meaning and purpose in your life?  Are you disillusioned that your leadership is not having the result you wish it would have?  Are you experiencing overwhelm, exhaustion, or a lack of joy in your leadership?  Are you questioning whether you have the inner strength to face challenges within a group?  Do you feel you lack the leadership skills needed in our crisis-filled world?  Are you searching for a spiritual approach to your leadership?

Ask yourself if now is the time to devote yourself to beginning (or deepening) your spiritual journey of leadership.  Using a holographic philosophical framework, The Awakened Leader Study Program addresses these topics:  leadership as destiny, soul development of the leader, the leader’s shadow, soul lessons of the leader, healthy boundaries and integrity of the leader, founder’s syndrome from a soul perspective, dangers and beneficent protection of leaders, and women leaders.

The Awakened Leader Study Program consists of four lessons of study. You will work with one lesson each month, allowing time to integrate its teaching at a gradual pace. As part of making your decision to enroll, carefully read the program requirements and time commitments listed below.


Based on The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul, this course is designed to support you in experiencing Stage Five leadership as a classroom for the soul’s evolution. For optimal use of the study program material, you must be willing to acknowledge the unrealized potential in yourself and to recognize projection, denial, and neglect in your own and others’ leadership. When you know that a reservoir of creativity and psychological and spiritual strength lies hidden within you, you can safely commit to improving the quality of your inner state and thus the quality of your service.  You can experience service as a joyful presence in your life.

Topics Covered

  • Seeds of your leadership history and destiny
    • The Michelangelo metaphor of leadership as service
    • Inner Leader and Group Soul alignments
    • Seven stages of soul evolution for leaders and groups
    • Stage Five leader-group partnerships during the Piscean-Aquarian transition
    • Five soul lessons of leaders
    • External and internal dangers of leadership
    • Founder’s syndrome from a soul perspective
    • Feminine and masculine principles in leadership
    • Implementing a philosophical framework and supportive structures
    • Application of Universal Tributes to leaders and groups
    • Psychological and spiritual support tools for the leader

    Leadership is inspiring and creative, challenging
    and dangerous, and at 
    all times a path of 
    service to our soul.


    • Follow the designated study steps and complete reading and worksheet assignments for each lesson
    • Send completed designated worksheets to faculty member for discussion
    • Apply material in current leadership/group settings
    • Work with designated Universal Tributes and their tenets
    • Discuss completed assignments and handouts in 60 to 90-minute monthly phone calls with your assigned faculty member, plus additional contact by email as needed
    • Complete the above according to the designated schedule
    • Attend a Leadership Mastery Training at the Institute for the Advancement of Service


    Course Tuition: $600

    Reference: Susan S. Trout, PhD, The Awakened Leader: Leadership as a Classroom of the Soul. Alexandria, VA: Three Roses Press, ©2005.

    Disclaimer: The Institute for the Advancement of Service does not provide medical or mental health care. As such, practices, courses, and study programs are not intended to be psychotherapy, medical therapy, or a substitute for either one. Participants are required to assume self-responsibility for their wellbeing by seeking, when appropriate, psychological and medical professional care.

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