Heart Leadership

Case studies

Project objectives

We work with managers who do not rely solely on rational analysis and figures, but also on the sensitive and specific aptitudes of human beings (courage, empathy, intuition) to run their business and make decisions.

Our aim is to document, make visible and promote these different ways of making decisions and managing, in order to :

Ultimately, by illustrating the possibility of doing things differently, the aim is also to help renew the imagination of leadership.

Case studies like no other!

The case studies focus on the manager, his questions and the reasons behind his decision. Why did I decide to tackle such and such an issue in my company? What were my personal motivations and why was it necessary for my organisation? What obstacles/support did I encounter?

This is where the project stands out from existing case studies in academic literature or in business schools, which generally focus on the implementation of strategic and operational changes in companies, but rarely on the role of the manager and the reasons behind his or her decisions.

Read our first case studies


Michel Meunier

Janus  – Very small business, construction sector.
Theme: Turning down a client in the name of their values
Skills required: intuition & courage


Cyrille Vu

Seabird  – SME, insurance sector.
Theme: Sharing value to reconcile meaning and performance
Skills required: intuition & courage


Jean-Noël Thorel

NAOS  – ETI, secteur des cosmétiques
Thème : gérer une crise avec le coeur
Aptitudes mobilisées : intuition, courage, empathie


And many more in the pipeline!

Our partners

Case study writers


Magali Sartre has worked for over 20 years in major groups listed on the Paris, New York and London stock exchanges, including Suez, Lexmark International, Diageo and Danone. For them, she was responsible for communications, corporate social responsibility and public affairs. Dismayed by the inertia of large organisations in the face of the climate and human emergency, she decided to create Positive Practice©, a consultancy business, with the aim of helping to accelerate the transformation of managers and companies. She is also Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Groupe Bel. Her driving force: to be true to herself, so that she can be more to others.


Emmanuelle Paillat has been working on the ecological transition for 15 years. She created Nature et Découvertes’ CO2 accounting system in 2007, then joined the Carbone 4 consultancy to help companies count and reduce their GHG emissions. She then spent 7 years helping organic farmers to raise funds on the crowdfunding platform Bluebees, before returning to her first area of expertise and helping companies to develop their skills in decarbonising their value chain.

This research is complementary to the “Power of the Heart, Impact study and reflections on the transformation of corporate governance” through the intelligence of the heart program run by Prophil, which focuses more specifically on governance issues. Find out more on the dedicated page.