What The Arts Can Teach Us About Inner Leadership

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Patrick Parker illustrates leadership concepts through the depth of his experience as an internationally successful classical musician.

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What the Arts Can Teach Us About Inner Leadership

Inner Leadership and The Arts

• Leading from within is using the innate capacity we all have to create enduring value through virtue of who we are (Cashman).

• This presentation uses the power of music to help participants move past labels/words/intellect and get in touch with primary experiences and the deep wisdom of our senses

• Music and the arts are used to explore and discover specific, actionable skills in the four areas of inner leadership (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotional mastery, and embracing uncertainty/navigating change)

• Participants will leave able to apply the framework and skills in order to solve problems and capture opportunities

Mindfulness -(The awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally (Kabat-Zinn).

• What Rembrandt and William Blake can teach us about dialectics

• What Wagner can teach us about entering into the experience

• What the lives of the creatives can teach us about burn out and overwhelm

Interpersonal Effectiveness (Skills that help you get what you want, keep relationships, and maintain self-respect)

• What Shakespeare can teach us about interpersonal skills

• Applying the basic concepts of how music is composed to interpersonal relationships

Emotional Mastery

• What the ancient Greeks can teach us about the power and roles of emotions

• How music can help us identify primary emotions

• Specific skills for how to listen to and channel emotions for our advantage

Embracing Uncertainty and Navigating Change

• What the Pyramids and Easter Island can teach us about embracing the mystery

• What Bach can teach us about radical acceptance

• What the great actors and musical performances can teach us about transitions

• Deep Wisdom decision making

About Patrick

Trained by the Center for Executive Coaching, Patrick is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation. He often integrates the depth of his experience as an internationally successful classical musician and the concepts of leadership through workshops, presentations, and articles (

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