Why  the core of a leader’s work is to serve the ones he/she leads, helping them to thrive | Interview with Vasco Gaspar

A few words about Vasco

Vasco works as a Human Flourishing Facilitator, inspiring change and transformation in organizations worldwide for a more human and compassionate world.

He has trained thousands of people all over the world in mindfulness and personal development, including employees in large companies, as Accenture, Ericsson, Galp, Nespresso, Nestle, Pfizer, SAP, Santander, etc.

Vasco is one of the two facilitators of the Search Inside Yourself program that will be held in Athens for the first time on March 21 & 22.

Enjoy his interview carried from Zaradouka Elpida for enallaktikiagenda.gr

  • Vasco, do you believe that a “new world” is possible in organizations? If so, what would that world look like?

It would be a world where wise and compassionate leaders could create conditions to support the flourishing of the people that work in their organizations. Where each person could be who they really are (manifest their highest Self) and share with the world their innate gifts (their Work, with capital letter). It would be also a world where organizations would be aligned and in resonance with the natural environment, contributing positively to the protection of the Planet and also to a thriving society, impacting positively all beings that live in it.

  • Why is Emotional Intelligence important to develop?

Because most of us act almost like slaves of our wishes, desires, fears… Basically our emotions control our actions mostly in an unconscious way. As if we were acting in autopilot all the time, moved by our emotions and impulses. So the first step is to become more awakened, more wise, more in tune with our inner world and what surrounds us. Basically, to develop the capacity to become self aware, which is the first domain of Emotional Intelligence, and to live in a more mindful way. From that place of awareness we can better regulate our emotions, be more conscious of our needs and motivations and also more empathetic and compassionate with the ones that surround us, being able to act from a place of inner and outer alignment.

  • Gandhi said “Be the Change You want to see in the world.” How does the world change when we change ourselves?

Actually that sentence is attributed to Gandhi but some argue that he actually never said it. One that he said that really resonates with me was “My life is my message”,  when asked about what would be his message to the world. What he points to is to live a life of full alignment. Where what you think, what you say and what you do are in perfect sync. To live from a place of truth. To manifest who we really are and share our gifts with the world, hopefully to contribute to a Greater Good. When we change in that direction, of a 360º awareness and alignment, the whole world changes, because you are manifesting who you truly are.

  • You have trained more than 10.000 people around the world. What do you see is our greatest commonality as a humanity?

That at our core we all have innate basic goodness inside. It might seem difficult to believe it for some people that are so damaged by life (or watch the news all time), but I truly believe (and science suggests it) that all of us have a core that is healthy, that is sane, that is compassionate, that wants to do good, that wants to belong. That doesn’t mean that there are no bad parts in everyone. Let’s not be naive. What it means is that our mind, at its core, is wise, is compassionate, is healthy, is good and that we all can develop and cultivate those qualities in us. The same way we can cultivate a muscle, we can cultivate kindness, compassion, love.


  • After teaching Search Inside Yourself within companies, what changes have you seen?

Mostly I see people with shiny eyes. People that realize that they have some control over their lives and what stresses them. People that learn to regulate their emotions and are more able to be present to themselves and to others. People that can act more compassionate and kindly to each other. And also people that become more aligned and in tune with their needs, independently if they are in resonance or not with their company’s needs.

  • What is the relationship between empathy and the business world?

There is this wonderful title of a Harvard Business Review article saying “Empathy Is Still Lacking in the Leaders Who Need It Most” and I completely agree. I believe that the core of a leader’s work is to serve the ones he/she leads, helping them to thrive as humans and as professionals. And if that person cannot feel empathy (cognitively and emotionally, which are different), he/she cannot sense and understand the ones he/she serves. Therefore he/she cannot be a true leader. She/he can act as a boss and give orders, of course. But he/she will never be able to be compassionate and really help the others to flourish to their highest potential. To be at Service is the true role of a leader and that implies empathy and compassion (that can be seen as the capacity to be attentive to others and to have to wish to help them).


  • You have been trained by world-renowned experts. What is the most inspiring thing they have taught you?

Be yourself. Find who you truly are and share your gifts with the world. At the same time, forget yourself. Be of Service of a greater good and act from a place of alignment with what Life wants to live through you.