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Leadership in the Zone – Achieving Peak Performance

Working Resources is a San Francisco Bay Area  Executive Coaching Firm Helping Innovative Companies and Law Firms Assess, Select, Coach, Engage  and Retain Emotionally Intelligent Leaders; Executive Coaching; Leadership Development; Performance-Based Interviewing; Competency Modeling; Succession Management; Culture Change; Career Coaching and Leadership Retreats

Dr. Maynard Brusman
Consulting Psychologist and Executive Coach
Trusted Advisor to Senior Leadership Teams


Leadership in the Zone

Over the past twenty years, I’ve coached scores of peak performing leaders. I've noticed those that are consistently in the zone and achieving peak performance share some common characteristics. Peak performance leaders stay focused in the present moment. They trust themselves and the process. They are visionary leaders who create organizations that flourish in good times and bad.

Peak Performance

Leaders who are at the top of their game display the following leadership qualities:

  • Authenticity
  • Mindfulness
  • Empathy
  • Connection
  • Trust

Great leaders like top athletes are in what we frequently call the zone. They are fully expressed human beings who inspire followers to be their best and achieve success.

The Zone

Characteristics of the Zone include:

1. A focused mind, minus the ego
2. A mental calmness with relaxed breathing
3. A confident and optimistic presence
4. An authentic connection with others with no sense of a performance
5. A feeling of synchronicity between mind and body, thought and action
6. An ability to be in the present moment
7. A clear self-awareness
8. A resilient mindset
9. An experience of physical relaxation
10. A state of joy and well-being

Leaders in the zone listen empathically. They lose their ego (and all the mental interference that goes with it) and acquire that focused awareness that's attuned to picking up all kinds of subtleties in the moment.


Exercises for getting into the zone include relaxed breathing, relaxing the muscles of the body and focusing attention calmly scanning the environment without getting stuck anywhere. It’s very much like practicing mindfulness meditation. And above all it's about trust in oneself and mastery of what we can accomplish through others.

Are you working in a company where executive coaches provide leadership development to grow emotionally intelligent leaders? Does your organization provide executive coaching for leaders who need to increase their emotional intelligence? Peak performing leaders tap into their emotional intelligence and social intelligence skills to be in the zone.

One of the most powerful questions you can ask yourself is “Am I a peak performance leader who is in the zone?” Emotionally intelligent and socially intelligent organizations provide executive coaching as part of their peak performance leadership development programs.

Working with a seasoned executive coach and leadership consultant trained in emotional intelligence and incorporating assessments such as the Bar-On EQ-I, CPI 260 and Denison Culture Survey can help you achieve peak performance. You can become a leader who models emotional intelligence and social intelligence, and who inspires people to become fully engaged with the vision, mission and strategy of your company or law firm.

About Dr. Maynard Brusman

Dr. Maynard Brusman is a consulting psychologist, executive coach and trusted advisor to senior leadership teams.He is the president of Working Resources, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. We specialize in helping San Francisco Bay Area companies and law firms assess, select, coach, and retain emotionally intelligent leaders. Maynard is a highly sought-after speaker and workshop leader. He facilitates leadership retreats in Northern California and Costa Rica. The Society for Advancement of Consulting (SAC) awarded Dr. Maynard Brusman "Board Approved" designations in the specialties of Executive Coaching and Leadership Development.

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