Heart Work Research

Learning new things can sometimes feel like skydiving - you can be nervous and excited at the same time. The Heart Work Profile® was developed through an extensive analysis of learning - reading publications and peer-reviewed articles, and examining practitioner experiences related to the 19 expressions of heart-centered leadership.

We are committed to providing leaders tools, resources, and experiences that are practical in application, and also grounded in evidence-based research. The Heart Work framework outlines the manner in which we design learning experiences, and is constructed of three expressions: Gratitude, Purpose, and Love. Check out the research on these expressions below.  

The science of Heart Work™

Humans express themselves through a variety of behaviors, emotions, and communication. Heart Work is a leadership model that reflects how heart-centered leaders express themselves in life, love, and leadership. Why is this important to an organization? It's pretty simple; leaders lead how they live and love. Learn more about how organizations can leverage science, while equipping leaders to be designers of healthy, safe, and high-performing cultures.


Our physical heart contains its own independent nervous system, or “heart-brain,” of approximately 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember. The heart-brain sends information to the big brain about how the body feels. - Daniel Amen, M.D.


Recent advances in neuroscience are cluing us in on why and how humans respond to certain kinds of environments and stimuli and how that impacts daily behavior. It’s telling us that the hardwiring in our brain doesn’t fundamentally need more money or fun company perks.  - Don Rheem, "What Does Neuroscience Have To Do With Leadership?"


High workloads and time pressures as part of job demands have shown to be correlated with higher amounts of exhaustion and disengagement in nurses (Demerouti et al., 2000). Demerouti et al. goes on to explain how different job conditions induce stress reactions and can in turn decrease overall life satisfaction. A way to combat this is for supervisors to create a healthy work environment and to promote a joint role in decision making. - Haley Griffin, "Leadership and its Effects on Employee Wellness and Morale"