How trauma shows up in the C-Suite

How trauma shows up in the C-Suite

June 28, 20231 min read

This could be a very short blog--because trauma shows up in the C-Suite just like it does everywhere else.


There’s the kicker. In the C-Suite, the concentration of power and authority makes the impact different. Role-based expectations cause us to expect our C-suite members to always be even-keeled, great under pressure, able to turn on a dime when needed, deeply intelligent, compassionate and have the highest levels of Emotional Intelligence ever.

Not so.

While some studies show that a certain amount of trauma creates high achievers, and while other studies show that people with very challenging issues often become CEOs, these same people may also have limited ability to regulate their emotions, high needs for control, and different kinds of safety, and challenges letting people in. It’s like a brittleness that comes with injury.

And--they control the income, employment, and outcomes for the company.

Trauma shows up in issues with culture, morale, and behavior that can tank your business.

The best antidote is to strengthen everyone’s Emotional Intelligence, from the C Suite down and up, through a trauma-informed lens.

We can help you with that.

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Elizabeth Power

Elizabeth Power, M. Ed., CEO of EPower & Associates, Inc. , is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and consultant. EPower & Associates is the parent organization for The Trauma Informed Academy(r). "All we do is help people with change, resilience and self-care, and learning to live trauma responsively. And everything is done from the trauma-informed perspective," she says. "Even courses directly about working with trauma are about change."

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