Wassili Zafiris

Leadership is about emotional regulation
Fri. 26 March 2023
18:00 – 19:00 Athens, GR time (CET+1)

Leadership requires a vision and the ability to inspire people to follow. Two fundamental skills that come from the same source.

Who would have thought that this source is: feeling?

In this program, Wassili will show you how:

  • Feelings are key to understanding and motivating people
  • New neuroscience is changing the psychological paradigm of emotions
  • This changes the way we lead others
  • You can be a visionary by focusing on what you feel


  • Learn about emotional regulation and its importance for leadership, work, and life
  • Know how the emotional brain creates emotions
  • Understand the decision cycle
  • Distinguish ‘feelings’ versus ‘emotions’
  • Understanding how internal processing influences perception
  • Distinguishing ‘vision’ versus ‘prediction’
  • Learn how a ‘closed game’ is counterproductive for envisioning
  • Discover how to really create vision

Use the knowledge of the emotional brain to enhance your impact

This program is based on RETaC. Relation Emotion Therapy and Coaching is a new method based on the latest neuroscience about how our brain creates emotions.

RETaC will help you understand deep patterns of behavior and how to influence them. With RETaC you will learn how to deal with inner and outer resistance and how the decision cycle determines our behavior. You will discover how our feelings determine our envisioning abilities.

about Wassili Zafiris 

Wassili Zafiris is NLP Master Trainer, developer, coach, researcher, author, public speaker. He has 25 years of experience in the fields of personal and organizational change. Wassili was the mental coach of the Dutch Women’s Volleyball team.

In 2017, he received a fellowship from the International Institute of Organisational Psychological Medicine. He wrote “Stress and relaxation in the workplace” for the Oxford Textbook of Organisational Psychological Medicine that will be published in the course of 2022.

Wassili is the developer of the RETaC method, Relation Emotion Therapy and Coaching, a methodology of working with emotions in relationships based on the latest neuroscience.

He is co-author of the twice nominated book Meaningful Profit* (Best Business book 2011, Best Management book 2012) about his applied research of personal leadership and resilience during organizational transformation.

He is co-developer of the business model ‘Meaningful Profit’ and Faculty member of the Global School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

He teaches Masterclasses ‘Leadership’ at Nyenrode Business University. Wassili developed the model Driven by Nature about the essential drives of people.

He is the author of Happiness is Depressing (2019), a step by step guide (for professionals and clients) to transform the main causes of depression: loneliness, adversity, negative self-image. He describes his ground-breaking coaching method of transforming depression into Zest for life.

He is past board member of the Dutch ICF (International Coach Federation) and fulfilled European posts for the ICF.

He has a passion for nature and is Climate Leader with Al Gore.