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Acting ‘as if’. Lessons from Leonardo DiCaprio

Leaders in London blog readers: scroll down for your Robert Kennedy clip

Do we think ourselves into new ways of acting or act ourselves into new ways of thinking?

The evidence suggests the latter works. Act ‘as if’ you are leading and you lead. Stephanie West Allen has a fascinating post over at her blog idealawg based on an article written by herself and Jeffrey Schwartz. Schwartz coached Leo DiCaprio for his role as Howard Hughes in The Aviator. DiCaprio’s acting out of Hughes’ Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (constantly washing his hands) for the movie led to the actor showing symptoms of OCD himself.

There’s also a brilliant webinar given by Jeffrey Schwartz and David Rock on the neuroscience of Leadership on the Strategy+Business webinars site. I have some notes from it if you don’t have the time to listen to it all (email me Phil@60Secondleader.com if you want the notes).

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