Program Details

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading-Embodied Presence

with Suzann Duquette & Jane Arthur
November 7 / 12:00 AM - November 8 / 12:00 AM

Acharya Suzann Duquette and Jane Arthur in an excerpt from Session 2 of "How to Lead Strategically."


The qualities of effective leaders include virtue and compassion, propriety, trustworthiness, and presence. To lead means to embody principles and establish a vision or view. Managers “do." Leadership is more about being than doing. Just as by being virtuous, a leader attracts virtue, so trustworthiness attracts commitment and integrity from others. With this comes the clarity to see the strengths and weaknesses of both leaders and followers, and the know-how not only to mentor but to empower.

This is the third of four weekend programs on How to Lead Strategically. 


How to Lead Strategically is a four-session series, developed in collaboration with Dr. Eva Wong, that is relevant to everyone, as we are all leaders in different aspects of our lives. How can we learn to lead from the inside out? As taught by Zhuge Liang, learning to lead strategically from the inside out provides a clear path to benefiting ourselves, others, and society. This approach to leadership is of even greater importance and relevance during times of uncertainty and chaos.

All sessions are scheduled for a day and a half on weekends. You may take one or more of the sessions, but cannot sign up for a session after it has occurred. Materials will include a workbook of program presentations and exercises, as well as selected Zhuge Liang banners for contemplation.   

Session One: Aug. 22 - 23, Self-Cultivation & Relating to Others

Session Two: Oct. 3 - 4, Relating with Others and the World

Session Three: Nov. 7 - 8, The Art of Leading - Embodied Presence

Session Four: Dec. 5 - 6, The Art of Leading - Strategic Wisdom

Presence is the key to leadership. – Zhuge Liang

Zhuge Liang, who lived in third-century China, is known as one of the world’s greatest strategists. He taught that leaders need to be strategists. Also renowned as a statesperson, diplomat, covert operator and tactician, he was an advisor to rulers, military commanders, and commercial leaders. Zhuge Liang’s teachings are deeply relevant for anyone wanting to lead an organization, community or business in a more thoughtful and helpful way during these times.

According to Zhuge Liang, both those who lead and those who advise leaders walk the “bright path.” As he said: The “bright path” is the vast view and the path of the Tao and Virtue. A vast and bright mind is required to illuminate vision. … It is only through simplicity and humility that vision can be illuminated. It is only through stillness and inner peace that we can have a vast view.

The series will include exercises for self-reflection and leadership, contemplation, and embodiment of Zhuge Liang’s essence teachings on leadership. Materials will include a workbook of program presentations and exercises, as well as selected Zhuge Liang banners for contemplation.

Developed in conjunction with Dr. Eva Wong, the program draws on her upcoming book, “The Collected Writings of Zhuge Liang – A Handbook of Strategy, Leadership, and Statecraft.”

The online Zoom room for Session 3 opens at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, for you to sign-in, check your connection, and do any necessary trouble-shooting of technical issues. The program begins at 9:00am. The program ends at 12:30pm on Nov. 8.

Registration Deadline

Because of the nature and logistics of online programming — including ensuring that you have the proper links, materials and schedules — the deadline to register for this program is 48 hours before it begins.


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