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Lead. Follow. Equally Important.


The impact of strong leadership on an organization’s performance and productivity is clear. The important link is strong followers who are invested in the success of the enterprise. “It stands to reason that if leadership is important to performance, followership must have something to do with it too,” according to John S. McCallum in the Ivy Business Journal.

Lawrence M. Miller from the Institute of Leadership Excellence elaborates, “Leadership requires followership and following is an act of trust, faith in the course of the leader, and that faith can be generated only if leaders act with integrity.”

Length: 90mins (in person), 75min (virtual)

Cost:  TBD (depending on specifics of engagement)

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  • Presentation by Patrice Tanaka, serial entrepreneur, public speaker on life and organizational purpose and best-selling author of books, including Becoming Ginger Rogers…How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner and Smarter CEO. Patrice will talk about leadership lessons from the ballroom world that helped her grow her business 800 percent by close partnering and co-founding two successively larger companies.

  • Ballroom dancers will demonstrate some of the “lessons” Patrice will talk about, including:

    • “Close, Respectful Partnering" and the opposite

    • “Dancing as One” and not dancing as one

    • “Equal Importance of Leader and Follower”

    • “Dancing Full-Out and Fearlessly” and not doing so

    • “Being Fully Present in Mind, Body and Spirit” and what not doing so looks like

What Participants Will Learn:

  • The importance of close, respectful partnering with colleagues and clients

  • The equal importance of both leaders and followers in the success of a winning team

  • The ability to perform as one team to succeed and win

  • The importance of executing full-out and fearlessly as key to success and winning

  • The importance of being mindful and fully present when working with colleagues and clients

  • Staying highly attuned to verbal and non-verbal signals (body language, energy) to respond in the moment and make necessary,” mid-course corrections

  • Remaining focused on what is needed to successfully achieve the team’s/organization’s stated goals and objectives

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