Shakespeare and Sustainable Leadership

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On January 9th, Chora Connection in collaboration with creative director of OLIVIER MYTHODRAMA, Richard Olivier, facilitated an innovative course in leadership, with the purpose of cultivating competent and authentic leaders to drive tomorrow’s sustainable transformation. Now Chora Connection is investigating the possibility of developing this concept further.

By Asbjørn Riis-Søndergaard
On January 9th, Chora Connection in collaboration with creative director of OLIVIER MYTHODRAMA, Richard Olivier, facilitated an innovative course in leadership, with the purpose of cultivating competent and authentic leaders that can drive tomorrow’s sustainable transformation. Now Chora Connection is investigating the possibility of developing this concept further.

With Shakespeare’s Hamlet narrative as the conceptual framework, British theatre director Richard Olivier led 20 participants through a number of workshop activities, with the purpose of strengthening each individual’s professional and private leadership competences.

Richard Olivier is director of the organization MYTHODRAMA, the mission of which is to develop authentic leadership by teaching leaders to act and make decisions with full integrity. The leader also learns to use narratives to inspire and thereby release the full potential of employees and others around them.

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The program for the day was in part an introduction to the MYTHODRAMA methods and part opportunity to examine the personal and individual leadership foundation of the participants.

The day was structured around five acts inspired by the plot of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

ACT 1 – The Call

The first act focused on connections between work-life balance and purpose in life. Through workshop exercises the participants developed their understanding of how to establish such connections as well as enhance their attention to the importance of motivating others, using their own personal story. The participants also had the option of delving into the narrative of their own identity. The purpose of this was to gain familiarity with fundamental emotions that can influence how to hit the right track when it comes to work and mission in life.

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ACT 2 – Managing Reactions

The second act was about sharpening knowledge of the elements of your emotional constitution that facilitates joy and freedom. This was in contrast to the elements that bind you in a feeling of imprisonment.

ACT 3 – Creative Catalysis

The third act dared the participants to ask the big questions in life, without demanding that these questions could be answered. It was also about being aware of what social roles you most often play, as well as what dynamics usually works in private and professional life. Through workshop exercises, the participants were equipped to develop the expertise necessary for navigating these social roles and turn negative dynamics into positive.

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ACT 4 – Learning to read the ‘signs’

In act four the participants were challenged to find inner strength by making contact with their own critical voice. They learned how this voice could be used constructively, as motivation and guidance. The participants then had their judgement challenged in order to evolve it.

ACT 5 – Accessing ‘readiness’

The last act tied together the previous experiences and created focus on the leaders’ ability to act without losing authenticity and integrity. By sharpening the knowledge of the participants’ own role as a resolute leader, they were taught to lead through empathy, understanding and self-awareness.

All workshop activities happened side-by-side with the development of the Hamlet narrative, which provided a special, theatrical setting for the sessions.

The purpose of the day was also to examine the option of developing a longer-running leadership course, to foster leaders that can facilitate sustainable transformation in society, corporations, institutions and the public sector.

Stay updated on www.choraconnection.dk about the development of the concept, including when the next workshop, course or seminar will be held.

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