Welcome to Episode 137 of Building My Legacy.

In this podcast we talk with mediator and executive coach Thilan Legierse about how her work as an attorney with the United Nations prepared her to help teams that are in conflict and to coach leaders to become more effective in the workplace. Thilan’s background is truly fascinating since it involves negotiating with world leaders in war zones and areas in which immense suffering resulted because the countries’ leaders violated their citizens’ human rights.

In our discussion, Thilan compares war zones with workplaces that dehumanize people because everyone isn’t treated equally. As a result, employees are afraid to speak up and become very resentful. Thilan explains how her practical process exposes the real pain points and helps turn around dysfunctional organizations while assisting leaders to become the good role models they were meant to be — a valuable message for leaders at all levels.

So if you want to know:

  • How the most successful attorneys try to be collaborative rather than just fight battles
  • What to do when employees take “work cover”
  • Why that grudge you’re keeping is really holding you hostage
  • How and why to get out of the victim mode
  • The importance of finding out what’s underneath the conflict


About Thilan Legierse

Thilan Legierse has been an accredited mediator since 2011. In that role she has helped resolve hundreds of workplace, team and organizational conflicts across private, public and not-for-profit organizations. As part of this process, she facilitates the development of leaders and staff by building coaching and conflict resolution skills.

A native of the Netherlands, Thilan worked for the United Nations for 12 years as an attorney and mediator. She currently works with organizations and teams in South Australia and provides private coaching in person and online to leaders all over the world. Thilan is the author of Dealing with Conflict at Work (available on Amazon), and the Easy-Peasy Difficult Conversation Formula, which can be downloaded from her website, www.thilanlegierse.com. Her latest online program, “Hardwired for Leadership,” targets experienced leaders and is also available on her website.

About Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned that successful leaders have a passion to leave a meaningful legacy.  Leaders often ask: When does one begin to think about legacy?  Is there a “best” approach?  Is there a process or steps one should follow?

Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to helping them build a meaningful legacy. Learn more about how Lois can help your organization with Leadership Consulting and Executive Coaching:

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Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.

Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.