Lance Secretan

One of the world's foremost management strategists, leadership advisors, and a bestselling author

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Lance Secretan, one of the world’s foremost strategists and leadership advisors, brings passion and courage to his cause—to change the world by reawakening spirit and values in the workplace. Lance’s brilliance as a teacher and storyteller is showcased in his work as an electrifying and unique thought leader, public speaker, “coaches’ coach,” and bestselling author. In his breakthrough work on leadership and inspiration, Lance has the uncanny ability to foretell, discern and translate concepts while holding the mega-view. 

Secretan’s life is one of exceptional experiences and contribution. Wisdom drawn from years as a corporate executive, academic, humanitarian, coach, father, and husband makes his perspectives invaluable. Lance has several degrees including a Masters in International Relations from the University of Southern California (magna cum laude) and a Ph. D. from the London School of Economics.

The former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and an acclaimed business school professor, Lance Secretan works with a gifted worldwide faculty changing the lives of people and transforming companies and revolutionizing the way they think about leadership.

Thirty of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, and 11 of Fortune’s Best Companies to Work for in America, are his clients. He is the international best-selling author of fourteen books on leadership, an award-winning columnist, teacher, philosopher, corporate coach and mentor, and one of North America’s most sought-after keynote speakers, retreat leaders, and business advisors. His book ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership. Voted one of the nation’s top ten speakers, and one of the “top 21 speakers for the 21st century” (Successful Meetings), he addresses audiences around the world. Lance was the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the 1997 Special Olympics World Winter Games and former Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Program.

Dr. Secretan works with an exceptional worldwide faculty to guide the transformation of people and organizations. One in five of Industry Week’s 100 Best-Managed Companies are among his clients. The foreword to one of his books, Inspire: What Great Leaders Do, was written by 13 CEO’s, all testifying to the transformational effects on their corporations and personal lives as a result of their work with Lance and his colleagues.

In recognition of a lifetime of caring about people and the planet, Lance was awarded the prestigious International Caring Award (often referred to as the U.S. Nobel Prize), as well as the McFeely Leadership Award.

An expert skier, he divides his time between homes in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, and Ontario, Canada overlooking a 700-acre wilderness reserve where he lives with his wife Tricia.

ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership

How do we live as Conscious Leaders? By practicing the CASTLE Principles—Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love and Effectiveness. Of course saying it and living it are two different things—but not as difficult as we imagine. We have all achieved great moments of Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love and Effectiveness. All we need to do is live at this same level again. This workshop will show you how and change your life!

Inspire! What Great Leaders Do

Inspire! What Great Leaders Do teaches business leaders how to inspire superior performance by speaking to the inner lives and deeper needs of employees and anyone with whom you have a business relationship, and by aligning their desires with your organization’s cause—rather than seducing them with carrots that speak only to their outer lives and superficial selves. Secretan’s goals are lofty, but the approach is practical. Inspire! is full of proven methods for connecting with the soul, the real self. It provides valuable guidance for awakening the passion of others and a host of stories that illustrate how inspiring leaders have transformed their business environment from places of fear and resignation to powerhouses of effective performance.

Values-centered Leadership®

Values-centered Leadership® is one of the most powerful coaching models in the world, and a leadership model used by thousands of organizations worldwide. The key to leadership lies in timeless values that help us to be of service to others. Think of your organization as though it were a bicycle with the back wheel providing the power and the front wheel providing the direction. From the back wheel, we derive the life skill Values that are the source of personal and organizational power. These Primary Values help us kick-start personal growth and change corporate culture

Reclaiming Higher Ground--Leading from the Soul

Based on his book, Secretan inspires a new way to think about leadership and work. He describes how leaders can serve the needs of their employees and how this improves their performance.

New Story Leadership

The new story of leadership is the hunger to experience spirit in the workplace. In this lecture, you will learn that employee fulfillment can be connected to the bottom line, and you will learn how to be a new story leader.

All Lance Secretan Books

ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership
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Inspire: What Great Leaders Do
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"Lance, we so appreciate the time and energy you put into your session. Your experiences and wisdom provided valuable insight and so many of the delegates spoke to us directly about the value they received from attending. We are thrilled with the outcome. You should be feeling a lot of love and good karma coming from AceTech and its delegates for a long time to come. Kudos to your team at the Secretan Centre who worked efficiently from start to finish and made every encounter a pleasure."

- Kathy Troupe | Executive Director, AceTech

"You're one hell of a speaker! Our hearts, minds and bottom lines are deeply indebted to you".

- Margot Franssen | President, The Body Shop International Ltd.

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