The Touchstone Exercise

The touchstone exercise has been a component of LeaderLab since 1990 (when the pilot programs began). During this time, I have facilitated it in approximately thirty programs with over 600 participants. Because it is important to understand the context within which it occurs, I will begin by describing the program’s intent and basic structure.

The Context: An Action-oriented Leadership Development Program

The goal of the LeaderLab program is “to encourage and enable leaders to take more effective actions in their leadership situations; actions which develop themselves and others in the pursuit of a goal that benefits all.” Its basic framework is this: Participants spend a week at the Center working with a set of eight ...

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