EP5 Recap | Emilia Lahti: Turning pain into purpose using Sisu


Emilia Lahti is an awarded Finnish educator, author, and the founder and CEO of Sisu Lab, a company that helps people in organizations and teams access the full expression of their life force. She’s an international presenter on topics of courage, compassion, creativity, and authentic relating in teamwork, and she works one-on-one with professionals and executives committed to excellence in leadership as a pathway to awakening.

Emilia holds previous master’s degrees in social psychology and applied positive psychology (latter which she obtained under the mentorship of Drs. Martin Seligman and Angela Duckworth). She is also a certified ultra-running coach. In her Ph.D. Emilia is pioneering the research on the Finnish construct of sisu which is about accessing latent reserves of energy in the face of extraordinary adversity.

She is also the author of the upcoming book ‘Gentle Power: A Revolution in How We Think, Lead, and Succeed.’ Emilia’s work has been featured by The New Yorker, Business Insider, BBC, and Forbes among others.

In this conversation we dive into the spirit of Sisu, how it relates to our everyday struggles and just how we all embody the necessary ingredients to embrace and live “Sisu” on a daily basis irrespective of what we are facing!

The key themes of the episode:

  • Emilia’s own journey with Sisu
  • Importance of psychological safety to enable Sisu
  • Finding meaning in adversity
  • Perpetuating positivity through micro-actions
  • Trusting your gut-brain


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