What do great leaders and brilliant actors have in common?

by Sonja van den Bosch

What do great leaders and brilliant actors have in common?

About 4 months ago, I was lucky enough to spend 2 days ‘on stage’ at the Sydney Theatre Company, being completely pushed out of my comfort zone, learning to let go, how to be completely present and create positive energy exchanges. It was a mind blowing 2-day experiential leadership program ‘Your Cue: Presentation at the heart of leadership’ organised by AltusQ and Dean Carey from the Actors Centre Australia.

Dean has coached many great actors including the likes of Hugh Jackman and I learned that the skills to be a fantastic actor and a great leader are very alike. It is not so much about the content (in the case of an actor, the lines he or she needs to remember or in case of a leader the content he or she is going to present), but it is all about your authenticity, presence and your energy exchange. This takes off a lot of the pressure that we feel when we communicate and it makes the whole process a lot more fun.

Here are a few learnings that I would like to share with you.

Leadership is an energetic exchange
We are in control of our own energy fields. What we focus on and give energy to will grow. If we think positively, positive things will happen and vice versa. We get better outcomes, if we are focusing on a positive energy exchange.

It is all about being present
Give yourself permission to be present 110%. It is easier said than done, but being fully in the present moment is very powerful. Your quality of alertness and awareness will flow into the quality of interactions with people.

Get out of your head
When presenting or communicating get out of your head and connect with your heart, your sincerity and passion. This makes you more relaxed and surprisingly the words will flow. Also, the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed your audience will be.

Don’t be attached to the outcome
When you are attached to the outcome, you are not open to the best energetic exchange. Attachment triggers problems and issues. However when you are committed, but not attached to the outcome, you trigger values and allow yourself to be open to the best possible outcome.

Everybody processes information differently
We either process information via thinking, feeling or knowing. We all use all 3 ways, but we all have a dominant one. Thinkers like a lot of data and detail. Feelers like pictures and stories and Knowers like concise, to the point information. If you adjust your presentation according to your audience, you’ll get better outcomes.

There is so much more that we learned over those 2 days, it truly was a very transformational experience that I shared with a fantastic group of people. I am using the techniques I’ve learnt everyday and am having more meaningful interactions with people and in general am getting more out of my days.

If you want to have more information, please visit http://altusq.com.au

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3 Comments

  1. Sonja,
    Awesome article, thanks 🙂
    Boot Camp again yesterday showed that so many are looking for the right leadership and being “Present” with the exchange of energy is lacking!

    I’m sharing with my network!!
    Enjoy your week-end Sonja
    Roger V

  2. Hi Roger,
    thanks a lot for your message and thanks for sharing this with your network!

  3. Hi Sonja,

    Great article with some great instant learnings especially “Don’t be attached to the outcome”. I have some challenges in this area at the moment and will try this out this week.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards,
    Ruud

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