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Workshop: Leading from a Secure Base

Presented by William P. Macaux, Ph.D MBA

Participants will be introduced to a psychologically-based model of leadership development, which builds on recent research in attachment theory (Wallin), mentalization (Fonagy), and interpersonal neurobiology (Seigel). While much of this research has proven effective in producing positive change in a clinical population, the presenter is a leader in applying this research to coaching and leader development in an organizational setting. Among the benefits of this approach, it: 1) enables a transformational quality of personal change at critical inflection points in the career of a developing leader; 2) promotes a prosocial orientation and an ethic of care in the leader’s approach to others; and 3) positions the individual leader to be a more potent source of encouragement and development for others. Participants will learn about the developmental origins of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and the important relational dynamics that promote a healthy ego and EQ, be able to differentiate secure and insecure modes of attachment style and describe the potential benefits and adverse effects of each in the performance of a leader, understand how mind and brain interact to produce adaptive and maladaptive leader responses to challenging, emotionally-charged situations, and be able to define mentalization and will learn about three states of mind or levels of consciousness that determine one’s capacity to act from EQ.

Bill Macaux is a licensed psychologist with over 18 years of experience consulting to executive leaders and their organizations on matters of leadership development, executive selection, team dynamics, and talent management. Prior to founding Generativity in 2008, Bill served as Managing Director and Senior Consultant in the Boston office of RHR International for 11 years. He has consulted to organizations throughout the U.S. and has worked with international clients in the UK, Central Europe, and South Africa. He has written and presented internationally on leadership development and on organizational sustainability. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (Indiana State University), a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy (Butler University), and a MBA (Indiana Wesleyan University). Bill gained his early business experience with IBM (4 years) before moving on to Scientific Atlanta/Cisco where he led a North American sales organization (10 years). He lives in East Greenwich, Rhode Island with his wife, Janice and their family.
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