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Inspiration isn’t something that just happens.

AdobeStock 57942265 HBR this month reminds us that ‘…we believe that leadership starts with ourselves and, more specifically, it starts with our mind. By understanding and leading ourselves more effectively, we can understand and be able to lead them more effectively, and then we can better understand and lead our organisations’. Bill George, professor of Leadership at Harvard Business School, tells us that ‘ …self- awareness is the starting point of leadership’, and that ‘self-awareness is the skill of being aware of our thoughts, emotions and values from moment to moment. Through self-awareness, we can lead ourselves with authenticity and integrity – and in turn better lead others and our organisations.’ All true. But let’s notice how the difference between the two paragraphs above. HBR holds that leadership starts with the mind. Bill George teaches that it begins with being aware of our thoughts, emotions and values. The recommendations they make are...
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Illusionary beliefs

AdobeStock 99274025 I believe that the great danger of the market society is that it instils illusionary beliefs in us. We were better to be taught to look out of the window as well as for gold, for if we only look for gold we are not becoming who we really are. If we learn to look out of the window, we begin to look for what the economist Yannis Varoufakis suggests is as stake: ‘our creativity, our relationships, our humanity and, of course, our planet.’
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The body is the channel through which our experience reaches us.

AdobeStock 111699272 We are seeing a shift in attitude. Women are standing up for their physical integrity, are exposing the sexual powerplay of film producers and others. This shift is driven by the very power of Presence which activates inspiration into being a force for change: it is concerned with the body. When the male guests at a charity dinner grope the (scantily clad) waitressing staff, they are trespassing upon the body, on the Presence of a person that contains both the receptors and transmitters of inspiration. If this thought seems a bit rarified, let’s remind ourselves that William Blake, more than 200 years ago, announced with passion that the body is not distinct from the soul; that the body is the channel through which our experience reaches us, and through which we reach others. #metoo highlights that when a person’s physical body is groped, the person within is touched unwillingly, and person and...
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Presence does not have to be loud.

AdobeStock 68575323 Presence does not have to be loud. What it comprises is a body that is integrated, energised and grounded in action: it means a daily routine of practice: filling the lungs with breath, using the diaphragm muscle to enable breath to work the larynx that makes our voice, strengthening the lips and tongue so that diction is clear, and getting our body aligned with the pull of gravity so that our legs, head and torso are in harmony. This daily practice is more of a workout to raise self-awareness than a preparation for a performance, although when it comes to public speaking, Presence will aid us as well as our audience. But Presence is first the basis of how we are experienced as people. And, most crucially, when we concentrate on, and train, these components of physical Presence, we lose our fear, because by focusing on crafting the integration of...
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Learn to master Presence...

AdobeStock 87878758 Actors, singers, orators, all performers, have to learn to master Presence so that its integration of voice, posture and diction can carry the creative, empathetic and authentic elements of the performance to all parts of a performing space. But the principle applies to leaders too. A client recently told me that one of his mentors had told him that the most important thing in becoming a leader was abdominal breathing. It was the source of his composure.  Leaders are looked at; they are listened to (though not always heard); they are sensed. Even in the quietness of a meeting or a personal development session or a team strategy meeting, the leader’s Presence is the power that will carry her or his inner inspiration across to others.
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