Authentic Leadership

It’s About PRESENCE, Not Position

Great leadership cannot be reduced to technique, position or power. Great leadership comes from the strength of one’s authentic presence – the identity and integrity of the leader.

While you might get promoted to be a boss, you don’t get promoted to be a leader. Leadership isn’t something that you get from your title. Leadership – your capacity to inspire and influence others – is something you earn by the decisions you make and the actions you take. Leadership is about building trust, inspiring the people around you with a compelling vision, engaging yourself and others, and achieving results through those you serve. Leadership is about accomplishing this with presence, not position.

Step back and gain a new perspective on leadership from one of Canada’s most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture. Based on David Irvine’s best-selling book, The Authentic Leader, you will be inspired by a new view of who you are as a leader and a fresh vision of leadership in today’s changing, demanding world.

  1. Learn the difference between a transactional boss and a transformational leader, and the true source of leadership power: your authentic, accountable presence.
  2. Discover how a strong leadership presence can inspire trust, engender loyalty, engage people, dispel entitlement, and get a grip on results.
  3. Be inspired to be a leader, with or without a title.


 “David Irvine is an exceptional speaker, writer, educator, and human being. His work in assisting businesses, owners, families, and employees to live a life passion, clarity and certainty is inspiring and adds tremendous value to the culture your organizations. My family has personally benefited from David’s caring, and thoughtful advice and my business has excelled as a result of his thought leadership.” – Dean Koeller, President, Calvert Home Mortgage Investment Corporation

“David speaks to business, but you get the feeling that he is really speaking to society – we need more accountability and authenticity. It is easy to see his personal commitment to these two principles. His message is very simple, almost intuitive, but so valuable in today’s world where we often look to somebody else to solve our problems for us. Many of us think of accountability and think of blame, of the negative side. David helps us see that it is something to get enthusiastic about. Our work with David has helped shape our leaders and impact our culture.”  – Ed Rodenburg, Former President & CEO, Lilydale Inc.

“David’s works have meant a tremendous amount to me, both professionally and personally, as I manage my way through life as a father, husband, and leader in one of the most incredible and diverse industries imaginable. I recommend David highly to anyone who believes they are a student of life and career.” – Sean Durfy, Former President and CEO, WestJet

“The feedback on your presentation was second to none… your presentation was the best part of the meetings… it was exceptional once again. I am proud and humbled to be associated with you. You really blew everybody away. The Commissioner… and others referred to many of your comments and quotes throughout the balance of our meetings. I believe it was some great philosopher that said the height of praise is to be quoted or copied. You certainly have the praise of the Senior Management Team of the RCMP.” – R. (Rod) Knecht, Edmonton Chief of Police