Dr. Lance Secretan is the world’s top authority on inspirational leadership, a trailblazing teacher, advisor, and expert on corporate culture, whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the CEO and Founder of The Secretan Center Inc., a global consulting practice specializing in cultural and leadership transformation to achieve extraordinary improvements in personal and organizational performance. Lance has created a new YouTube channel, Spirit of Leadership, where he answers questions submitted by the public about leadership.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in the UK during the war years of World War II, with bombs, rationing, an absent father, and an air-raid shelter at the bottom of our garden. Then I went to boarding school in Argentina. During the following 10 years, I was the number one male child actor in the English-speaking language (Lance Secretan – IMDb)

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

When my mother tried to teach me to play the piano, and arrange for me to have piano lessons, I should’ve listened!

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

That we need to motivate and lead. This is flat-out wrong since leadership is broken everywhere after all the annual investments of $170 billion. What we actually need is an inspiration. See my vlog: Secretan VLOG #3A – YouTube

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

My wife and soulmate passed away in 2014. For a long time, my heart was broken. It still is, but it’s been put back together again. While I usually write books about leadership, I decided to write a book about our love story – it’s called, “A Love Story – An Intensely Personal Memoir” and ended up winning more awards than the previous 21 books I’ve written.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Meditation.

What is your morning routine?

Early tender moments with my partner, followed by an intentional coffee together.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

All forms of athleticism – I am a kayaker, mountain biker, hiker, Alpine skier, snowshoe, and nature lover

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Letting go of a fixation on strategies for being productive and using my time most efficiently!

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

My Life in Court by Louis Nizer; The Iron Mistress by Paul Wellman; The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer; and hundreds more.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“Will what I’m about to say improve on the silence?”, Robert Greenleaf; “If you’re living in the past, you are depressed. If you are living in the future, you are anxious. If you’re living in the present, you are a piece.” — Lao-Tzu.