Shakespeare on Leadership Workshop
Trainers: Monica Lowenberg – Founding Managing Director of FocalVocal, Chris Robinson and FocalVocal actors
Workshop duration: 1 day
Delegate numbers: up to 24
What will I learn?
1. What ineffective leadership looks like observing Richard II, King Lear and Antony
- Assuming privileges as a divine right.
- Having no strategy.
- Being in the wrong job and having a fragile ego.
- Working without regard to the law, assuming one is above the law.
- Having allegiances that are in conflict with ones role of leader.
2. How power can corrupt exploring Richard III, Macbeth ,Coriolanus and Prospero
- Seeking power for itself – out of blind ambition and self interest.
- Leading by fear.
- Living in imagination and not engaging with reality.
- Understanding politics but unable to master political performance, arrogant unable to recognise the importance of the common touch.
3. What ineffective leadership looks like observing Richard II, King Lear and Antony
Scoffs at self interest, honour, wealth and status and recognises that a good leader needs to:
- Assess the past.
- Vision the future.
- Rise to the challenge.
- Possess insight and deal with dissension and disloyalty.
- Inspire others to be on one’s side – has the common touch.
- Be a brilliant performer and communicator.
- Achieve the Vision.
4. The Power of Having a Good Team – lessons and warnings from Othello, King Lear and Henry IV
- The dangers of jealousy and deception.
- The pitfalls of being unable to listen and learn from the genuine maverick voice, the’ Fool’ who does not always tow the company line.
5. The importance of moral leadership examples from Cordelia, Hermione and Prospero
- Understanding the power of truth.
- Not seeking revenge but rather justice.
- Understanding the power of love and forgiveness.
What problems can this training help me solve?
- Failing to identify and appreciate the characteristics of a good leader/manager.
- Failing to recognise the attitudes, needs, and other personal characteristics of the followers/employees.
- Failing to be aware and consider the characteristics of the organisation, such as its purpose, its structure, the nature of the tasks to be performed.
- Failing to take into account the social, economic and political milieu.
- Failing to consider that leadership is rather a relationship between the leader and the situation rather than as a universal pattern of characteristics possessed by certain people.