We are emerging from a dark era of leadership where the level of employee job satisfaction has plummeted and the level of social responsibility in corporate America is at an all time low.  According to the Conference Board, between 1987 and 2009, the level of employee job satisfaction plummeted from 61% to 45%, and the number who find their work “interesting” sank from 70% to 51%. Equally disturbing, the greatest levels of dissatisfaction are among those under the age of twenty-five—our most precious source of tomorrow’s leaders.

According to Rasmussen Reports 45% of likely U.S. voters think a group of people selected at random from the phone book would do a better job of leading America than the current Congress. The leadership style that gave us The Great Recession is not the leadership style that can build a resilient and inspiring future.

The next generation of leaders are discouraged by the leadership style that has eroded the global economy, New Story Leaders are yearning for inspiration, purpose and personal meaning at work and at home. These Value-centered leaders have an aura about them, a presence, an ability to inspire others that gets things done and enables them to live and lead with integrity and authenticity. They are guiding us into a brighter time of hope, awakened to the wisdom of creating inspiring organizations and a deeper sense of fulfillment.  This is a philosophy Lance Secretan calls Higher Ground Leadership®.

In Dr. Lance Secretan’s latest book, The Spark, the Flame and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World he integrates experience and theory to show us how to fulfill our destiny and create inspiring organizations. This book is typical of Lance Secretan – broad, imaginative, sweeping and radical—and breathtakingly inspiring.  Lance Secretan has written many books about inspiration and leadership, but this is the first time he has taken his work over 35 years and integrated it into a unified theory of inspired leadership.

Here is a masterwork, that offers a comprehensive approach to being an inspiring person and therefore an inspiring leader. Complex ideas have been distilled, in Lance Secretan’s trademark style and use of fascinating stories and metaphors, into simple, easily implementable concepts, processes and exercises that explain how to inspire a team, organization or country—or even your family.

The Spark, the Flame and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World teaches us how to become a more inspired person, how to be a more inspiring leader and how to be the change the world needs for a brighter future. It is a brilliant work that helps leaders overhaul performance management and coaching practice, rethink leadership and focus on inspiration.

Lance Secretan’s latest book, his 15thThe Spark, The Flame and The Torch, is a manual for this new movement and will be launched in the spring of 2010.

Tracey Gilmore, The Secretan Center Inc.

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