Using clear and simple exercises adapted for leadership development from the world-renowned Meisner Technique, The Authentic Leader will help you discover first-hand what it means to build your authentic leadership skills in a clear, technical way.
This book presents a version of the Meisner technique that has been thoughtfully modified for the purposes of leadership training. It aims to train leaders to be fully authentic in their responses in the most efficient way and to let their responses be filtered by their abilities to deeply interpret and thrive within the psychological realities of the circumstances they are entering, be it their own or other people’s. The exercises in this book teach that effective leadership skills are about getting the attention off of oneself and allowing for a type of interpersonal determinism to bring out a leader’s truthful responses. This text breaks open the conversation on leadership and business skills in a whole new way using an established, although largely unknown method in the business world that will help leaders engage in the values of great leadership and train their own abilities to have presence, be dynamic, be magnetic, and know how to read any situation and thrive within it.
Whether you are green in your career or at the head of a nation, an aspiring leader or an educator looking to use this material, this work develops and nourishes powerful leadership in unconventional, effective, and dynamic ways.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Heart of Leadership 1. Distilling the Wandering Mind 2. The Three Pillars of Leadership: Vision, Power, and Technique Part 2: Living Truthfully 3. Investing: the Beginnings of Everything 4. The River Between Two People 5. The I in You 6.Catching the Floating Moment 7. Moment by Moment 8. Chaos and (in) Leadership 9. Into the Great Unknown 10. The Knock at the Door Part 3: The Given Circumstances 11. Impossibility by Design 12. A Broken Back Shows the Way 13. Life Examined 14. New Ground: Additional Exercises for Living Truthfully Within a Given Set of Circumstances 15. Afterword: The Essential Hunger
Royce Sparks is an internationally recognized teacher of the Meisner Technique. He has taught it to both performers and members of the business world, having been one of the masterclass lecturers at UCL on their MSc in Management. A graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, he has presented on Meisner and other approaches to performance at international conferences. His interest in performance techniques for business and leadership development are a core element of his research. Individuals and companies within the arts he has collaborated with professionally include The Noh Theatre of Japan, Terence Stamp, Frantic Assembly, Nickolas Grace, Michael Attenborough, Complicite, Brigid Panet and more. He received his Meisner training first under Scott Williams at the Impulse Company in London for five modular years before furthering his knowledge and receiving his certification to teach the Meisner technique from leading world expert Larry Silverberg, with whom he later collaborated. He regularly coaches and has taught in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States.