The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch

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I am re-reading The Spark, the Flame and the Torch with a colleague who is developing their leadership capabilities, and I just can’t overstate what miracle this book is.  When I first read it 10 years ago I really had no idea all of the incredible people and sources of inspiration that Lance Secretan synthesised into such an important book.  I feel like I am reading something as important as an ancient spiritual text.  The way Secretan incorporates spirit without it being religion is really an inspiration to me. 10 years ago we thought our leaders were really missing what they needed, but I feel as if it is way worse today.  I can only imagine how nurtured we would be if we had leaders that were more aligned with this writing.  Thank you for putting together such an important book. It really is marvelous.

Ryan Stanley

Owner and Executive Director, Soul of Yoga

Dr. Lance Secretan wrote the book on Inspirational Leadership®—it is called The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch and is Lance Secretan’s masterwork, the result of 40 years of research and practical field experience—known globally as Higher Ground Leadership®—developed through his research, client engagements, coaching and teaching experience. He has integrated his philosophy into a unified theory of inspired leadership. It is broad, effective, and extraordinarily inspiring, offering a comprehensive approach to being an inspiring person and therefore an inspiring and transformational leader. In this brilliant work, readers are presented with radical ideas about why organizations continue to labor with ineffective methods that achieve ineffective results, and how to replace these methods with new thinking.

He invites us to rethink:
  • the role of modern organizations
  • our personal contribution as leaders
  • the importance of meaning and fulfillment
  • how a dream galvanizes teams and leads to greatness
  • systems of performance management
  • the art of coaching
  • future visioning
  • building stronger personal relationships and teams
  • our definitions of leadership, and
  • how to inspire more than motivate

In his trademark style, Secretan combines case studies, experiences and clear examples from real people with whom he has consulted in world-class organizations and weaves them into simple, easily implementable concepts for inspiring individuals, teams, organizations or countries—as well as friends and family. The book, together with resources found on this website, offers a comprehensive system for raising the level of inspiration in any organization.

Learning Tools

Want to start a book discussion group? We’ve created a Reading Group Guide here, where you will find information on how to begin a dialogue about key ideas from the book and ways to deepen your knowledge of the concepts described in them. Other Learning Tools: