Authentic Leadership Training

The aim of this course is to strengthen your effectiveness as a leader, using a medium of public speaking as a tool for uncovering more knowledge of the self; whether or not your life entails much public speaking or professional presentation. Warren Bennis in his book “On Becoming a Leader” suggests that no leader sets out to be a leader per se, but rather to express him/herself freely and fully. Leaders may have no interest in proving themselves, but an abiding interest in expressing themselves (a crucial difference!). He offers this equation: Self–awareness + self-knowledge + self-possession + self-control = authentic self-expression.
Prerequisites: Completed BreakThru, or permission from Facilitator

You can expect to work on:

  • Acquiring elegant communication skills
  • Giving and receiving feedback – including video feedback
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Situational leadership
  • Your leadership strengths and liabilities
  • “Fishbowls” – a technique for identifying issues, interview style
  • Refining and remembering your purpose
  • Recognizing and reinforcing what “works”
  • Presenting your point of view
  • Overcoming objections – from a place of deep clarity
  • Leading interactively – explore the power of questions
  • Getting the most out of the courage you have

In public speaking, obviously there is a “doing” component which we work on. We pay attention to “look”, and voice, posture, and writing; we offer program room tips and hints. But we pay far more attention to what we are calling “ground” – the “being” place from which the presentation emanates, a place of crucial ownership.

The first thing we tend to work on is helping people get past their own “thin skin” enough to make an accurate assessment of what works and what doesn’t. It takes an ongoing curiosity, and a combination of gentleness and pushing oneself, to accomplish this. It somewhat resembles walking the edge of a roof: it’s easy to fall off on either side – into fatuous self-admiration or merciless self-criticism. Neither place serves the student in terms of becoming a better leader. Finding a way to walk the edge of the roof with compassion and curiosity so that more of the self gets invited forward is the “thing”. And I think this is what we are exceptionally able to help people accomplish.
The Harvard Business Review, in December of 2001, put out a special issue on what it called Breakthrough Leadership whose “first commandment is Know Thyself … no tool can help the leader who lacks self knowledge.” (Harris Collingwood, Harvard Business Review)

This extended workshop, consisting in three long weekends spread over three months, is aimed at the heart of leadership: personal mastery where the emerging leader is inspired and transformed though deepened self awareness coupled with the pragmatic skills for better ways of doing and new ways of being.

Whether your motivation is to become even more effective as a leader in your chosen field; to hone your skills at working with groups of people in personal as well as professional arenas; to learn about yourself; to confront limitations, such as the fear of public speaking; or simply to overcome shyness; you will find in this course a responsive structure for learning and a supportive environment in which to take risks. The format allows time for practice and application, for putting theory to work and observing the results in your life.