Have you ever been intrigued by the way that some people thrive in life, while others struggle from one hurdle to the next?

Do you sometimes feel stuck and would love to get some agency back over your life?

Or, do you not know how to even find your goals, where to start or how to stay motivated?

Self-leadership is the ultimate self-influence.


It is the practice of understanding who you are, identifying your desired experiences and intentionally guiding yourself towards them.


Understanding the science and learning the skills of self-leadership empowers you to identify your desires, goals and potential; it enables you to maximise your motivation and willpower, so you stick to your goals even when you're tired or can't see the finish line; and, it provides you with the confidence you need to make a start despite fear of failure or being out of your comfort zone.


You could say self-leadership is the ultimate art of manifesting - just without the hocus-pocus and with evidence-based behaviour change techniques instead. In fact, there is a ton of scientific research that has explored the various aspects of self-leadership over the past decade or so. Based on this evidence, I have put together a range of services and a blog to support you on your journey towards your goals and desires. I'd also love to connect with you on my socials.

If you'd like to know about how I can support you or your organisation to cultivate efficient self-leadership, get in touch for a chat and a quote.

Maike x

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Hi, I'm Maike!

I'm a Self-leadership Psychologist, Coach, Positive Psychology Practitioner and Behaviour Change Expert. And, I am a firm believer that happiness can be learnt and success achieved - through the practice of self-leadership.

For as long as I can think, I've had a fascination with the fact that some people seem to thrive in life, while others go from one hurdle to another. It's what drove me to study Psychology, where I specialised in talent management and behaviour change and later undertook a doctorate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. You can find my list of publications here.


I am also a qualified Coach in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and acceptance commitment training (ACT) for workplaces, a writer at PositivePsychology.com and a Positive Psychology Practitioner (School of Positive Transformation, USA). Over the last 15 years, I worked as a project manager, tutor and regular guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, international speaker, consultant and research fellow (you can connect with me on LinkedIn here).

After more than a decade of working in research, I created an evidence-based program about how to live life with intention and purpose: the art of self-leadership.


In 2017, I began facilitating self-leadership workshops and retreats in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I am now working on making this more accessible through this blog, my social media and an online course. If you are keen to stay in the loop about upcoming dates and other news, subscribe to my newsletter.


If there's anything in particular you'd like help with or that interests you, send me a line through the contact form on this site :)

Maike x



"Maike is a fantastic workshop presenter and facilitator. She goes beyond didactic delivery to truly engaging with participants."


"Maike ensures learnings are imparted and workshops are both productive and enjoyable. She is professional, articulate, prepared, and relaxed."

Dr Liam Caffery

Healthcare Research


"Maike's support and guidance are invaluable. As a pioneer in self-leadership, she has helped my students and I to understand how we can be proactive and mindful of moving forward in our lives towards our goals."


"She is also incredibly supportive in providing tools, strategies and analogies to understand the purpose and impact of self-leadership."

Fatema Bangee

Coaching & Psychological Therapies

London UK

"We were struggling with the changes that came along with changing our workplace culture."


"I believe the success of our project was due in good part to Maike's insights and steady guidance."


"The investment we made in Maike's services has provided returns well into the future."

Nick Haring




San Diego USA

"Dr Maike Neuhaus joined the Future of Work Campus as industry expert for the topic self-leadership.


"Maike's style is super engaging. She has the ability to relay complex topics simply and used exercises that made the concepts easy to  implement."

"I couldn't recommend Maike higher if you're looking for a speaker, coach and trainer who gets results for you and your team."

Petra Zink


Training & Coaching



"Maike is one of those rare people who takes their professional responsibilities and development seriously, and who mixes practical experience with proper evidence and research."

"Maike is professional, knowledgeable and with a real concern for not only making sure that her work is evidence-based but that her deep knowledge is right up to date with the very latest research and evidence."

Dr David Wilkinson


Editor, The Oxford Review

Oxford UK


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