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At Movement in Practice we are delighted to have teamed up with the Royal Academy of Dance to deliver a series of Leadership Training sessions. These leadership training session are based on the Movement in Practice STEP approach and are designed around three core elements – Theory, Application, and Movement. See below for details of our first two STEP Leadership Workshops: The Social Brain, and The Emotional Body, and to see an overview of 16 of our STEP Leadership modules.

The Rhythmic Path to Leadership: Unveiling the Psychological Benefits of Dance for Business Leaders

By Dr Peter Lovatt

In the fast-paced world of business, effective leadership remains a much-debated issue. While the traditional toolkit of skills often includes strategic thinking, communication prowess, and emotional intelligence, a less conventional yet profoundly transformative practice does exist: dance.

As a psychologist specialising in the intersection of movement and cognition, I have spent years exploring the psychological benefits of dance, unearthing its remarkable capacity to cultivate the qualities essential for effective leadership. Beyond its aesthetic allure and physical prowess, dance offers a rich tapestry of psychological rewards that can empower business leaders to navigate the complexities of the corporate landscape with grace and resilience.

At its core, dance serves as a powerful medium for self-expression, enabling people to harness their creativity and unlock innovation. In business leadership, where the ability to pioneer novel solutions is vital, cultivating a creative mindset is invaluable. Through dance, individuals learn to embrace ambiguity, improvise with confidence, and channel their unique perspectives into transformative action.

The act of dancing fosters heightened self-awareness, inviting individuals to attune themselves to the subtle nuances of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. For business leaders making high-stakes decisions, self-awareness serves as a compass, guiding them towards authenticity and alignment with their core values. By cultivating a deeper understanding of their strengths, limitations, and triggers, leaders can foster trust and forge genuine connections with their teams, creating a culture of collaboration and growth.

Furthermore, dance offers an antidote to the pervasive stress and burnout of corporate culture. As leaders immerse themselves in the rhythmic cadence of movement, they relinquish the burdens of incessant multitasking and embrace a state of flow, where time dissipates, and the present moment reigns supreme. Through motion, cortisol levels plummet, endorphins surge, and the mind attains a state of clarity akin to meditation. By integrating dance into their routine, leaders replenish their cognitive reserves, fortify their resilience, and emerge revitalized to confront the challenges that lie ahead.

Beyond its individual benefits, dance has the power to foster a culture of inclusivity within organisations. In the shared experience of dance, hierarchical barriers dissolve, and disparate voices converge in harmony. Through collaborative choreography, teams learn to communicate non-verbally, synchronize their movements, and coalesce around a shared vision. In this environment, diversity thrives, and creativity and innovation flourish.

In light of these profound psychological benefits, the integration of dance into leadership development holds immense promise for organisations looking to cultivate agile, empathetic, and visionary leaders. By embracing the transformative power of movement, business leaders can transcend the constraints of conventional thinking, inspire collective excellence, and propel their organisations towards the heights of success.

The psychological benefits of dance for business leaders are manifold and profound, offering a pathway to self-discovery, resilience, and collaborative innovation. As we embark on this rhythmic journey of self-transformation, I’m mindful of the words of Martha Graham: “Dance is the hidden language of the soul.” Through movement, let us discover that language and lead with the grace and conviction that dance so beautifully embodies.

STEP Leadership Programs

£500

In partnership with the Rayal Academy of Dance, this workshop looks at your social and thinking human experiences. We examine, through psychological theory, movement and context, how moving together can improve social cohesion and help develop high performing teams.

You will learn how movement can change the way you think, for example, by helping you to adapt your leadership style to transition between being a team player and a “soloist”. This is an in-person, 3-hour, workshop held at:

Royal Academy of Dance

188 York Road

London SW11 3JZ

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The Emotional Body STEP Leadership Workshop

£500

In partnership with the Rayal Academy of Dance, this workshop looks at your emotional and physical human experiences. We examine, through psychological theory, movement and context, how movement can help you to build resilience to reduce workplace burnout and to handle setbacks and challenges.

You will also learn how movement can be used to boost physical health by unlocking the secrets of body awareness, relaxation, and stress reduction techniques. This is an in-person, 3-hour, workshop held at:

Royal Academy of Dance

188 York Road

London SW11 3JZ

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STEP Leadership Modules

SOCIAL

THINKING

EMOTION

Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module E01 Well-being
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module E02 Emotional Intelligence
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module E03 Beliefs
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module E04 Resilience

PHYSICAL

Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module P01 The Body
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module P02 Environment
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module P03 Our Senses
Movement in Practice STEP Leadership Module P04 Time