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Leading with Soul – Authentic Leadership for Troubled Times

Course dates: 
Monday, 7 May, 2018 to Friday, 11 May, 2018

With Richard Olivier and guests

Join us in the intimate setting of Schumacher College and the elegant, mythical and medieval gardens and spaces of Dartington Hall as we consider how to be the authentic leaders we need to be, in these troubled times.

The more that leaders are willing and able to be authentic, the more others are able to give them trust, support and discretionary effort. This lays an essential foundation for the transformative workplaces and organisations that our world now requires.

The initial stages of leadership are inevitably concerned with proving oneself and externally validated achievement.  Yet, the more mature stages - beyond the hero - are concerned with legacy and service. This shift requires a move away from the transactional place where our necessary ego meets the external world, into self-reflective practice where we can recognise what needs to evolve in ourselves and our organisations.

In this week, we invite participants to reflect on key patterns that run through their life and career. Through appreciating the value of our formative experiences and revealing our implicit assumptions, we can notice the archetypal instincts that often underpin these and so earn the freedom to make conscious choices about our future.

This experiential workshop draws on the wisdom of an ancient story re-imagined for the modern leader.  We live through the myth of Parsifal and his quest, to take leaders on a compelling journey of self-discovery and soul enquiry.

Themes covered include:

• The call to adventure – origins and first successes
• Archetypal patterns in learning
• Making sense of failure
• Mentoring the psyche/soul and learning from the past
• Overcoming a key challenge on your path
• Aligning self and purpose in service to something greater

Participants will gain:

• The courage and conviction to live and lead authentically
• A stronger sense of purpose and integrity
• Deep awareness of their own gifts and blind spots
• New insights & perspectives on their leadership potential

Participants will be working in a mixture of classroom sessions and small groups, with an expert high-impact coach working with each small group. They will engage in experiential exercises, reflection, performance and feedback.

Richard Olivier

Awarded Thought Leader 2013 by the Best Practice Institute, Richard has been a leading theatre director for over ten years, and directed Henry V for the opening of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London in 1997. He has worked extensively in the fields of Organisational and Personal Development and is the founding voice within Mythodrama. His work today is at the leading edge of bringing the world of theatre and the arts into the development of authentic leaders. From 1998-2003 he was the Master of Mythodrama at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and is an Associate Fellow of Said Business School, University of Oxford. Guest speaker at the 2003 and 2009 World Economic Forums in Davos, Richard also works internationally as an independent consultant, conference speaker and workshop leader. He is the author of 'Inspirational Leadership - Henry V and the Muse of Fire', published by Spiro Press in May 2001. His latest book on 'Peak Performance Presentations' - co-authored with Nicholas Janni - was published in June 2004.


£ 795.00
NOTE: Course fees include all vegetarian meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Monday of the first week to Friday afternoon the last week, and includes four nights private accommodation from the first lunchtime you arrive through until the lunchtime before your departure.