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Leadership Presence
Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire

By Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar
Published by Gotham October 2003; 1-592-40017-5
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"Read Leadership Presence and give the gift of presence to all those you touch. Halpern and Lubar take a fresh approach to leadership." --Kevin Cashman, CEO, LeaderSource, and author of Leadership from the Inside Out and Awakening the Leader Within

Now, more than ever, we need leaders who are genuine and inspiring. In the past decade, Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar have helped tens of thousands of executives to become more inspiring -- by applying the skills they learned as professional actors. Their innovative approach brings the techniques of the stage into the boardroom, giving leaders the tools they need to connect authentically and dynamically with the hearts and minds of those they lead. Major corporations around the world, including General Electric, Mobil Oil, CapitalOne, and Deloitte & Touche, have hired them to coach executives one-on-one and lead workshops that give employees the advantage of Leadership Presence to achieve success. Now Halpern and Lubar make their time-tested strategies available to all readers, from high-profile CEOs to young professionals. 

You will learn:

  • Ways to express yourself dynamically that motivate for results 
  • How to build relationships to enhance collaboration and business development 
  • How to handle tough situations with heightened confidence and flexibility 
  • How to integrate personal values into leadership communication to inspire those you lead 

If you care about developing and honing the skills that make you indispensable to your colleagues and your company, you can't afford to miss the valuable lessons of Leadership Presence.


Kathy Lubar and Belle Linda Halpern, cofounders of The Ariel Group, have instructed more than 30,000 executives from hundreds of companies through their workshops. Halpern performs worldwide as an actress and singer and has taught music students at Harvard University. Lubar is a professional actress and cofounder of Boston's New Repertory Theater. Both live in the Boston area, where The Ariel Group is based.

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