The thing with leadership training as it is practiced in companies and schools is that it tries to teach people how to be leaders and what leadership is by attending mainly to cognitive skills that aspire academics. However, and it should be common knowledge by now, people are not machines that have their “control towers” in their brains so to speak. Different “centres of intelligence” reside in the human being that, more often than not, do not give the same directives and almost always do not pass through the brain. Our non-verbal communication for example which sends out the impression others have of us is highly unconscious. So we may be speaking out of the latest theory on how we “should be” as leaders, however we are missing how we “are” as leaders as non-verbal communication remains largely unconscious.
We don’t want to give the impression that non-verbal communication is all there is though. Emotional intelligence and learning how to empathize with one’s environment is something that is also important for “resonant leaders” and there is no easy way out for leaders on this one. Attending body and emotions are important issues that have to do with a long-term commitment of a leader to master herself or himself through personal development so that when time is ripe he/she can lead others just as she/he is able to lead oneself…
This is how the Arts in HRM™ approach is different and has a competitive advantage over others. Through the personal development of the trainer, we try to instill new ways of being that are more “masterful” if you will, and hold the promise of more presence. We combine the power of theoretical elements with the holistic perspective for the human being.
You can also read from our resources a paper on Gestalt practice and arts-based training if you want to learn more about the approach. Other resources are also available.
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