George Leonard
Biography & Resources


George Leonard, a pioneer in the field of human potentialities, is author of twelve books, including The Transformation, Education and Ecstasy, The Silent Pulse, the Ultimate Athlete, and Mastery.

During his seventeen years as senior editor for Look Magazine, he covered the Civil Rights Movement, politics, foreign affairs, and social change, while winning an unprecedented number of national awards for education writing. Later, he produced annual Ultimate Fitness sections for Esquire as well as numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects in such magazines as Esquire, Harper's, The Atlantic, New York, Saturday Review, and The Nation.

Leonard holds a fifth-degree black belt in aikido and is co-founder of a martial arts school. He is founder of Leonard Energy Training (LET), a transformative practice inspired by aikido, which he has introduced to some 50,000 people in the U.S. and abroad. He is past-president of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, president emeritus of Esalen Institute, and President of ITP International.

A native of Georgia, Leonard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina and Doctor of Humanities degrees from John F. Kennedy University, Lewis and Clark College, and Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. His adventures along the human frontiers of the 1960s are described in a memoir, Walking on the Edge of the World.

selected books

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
(Plume, 1992)
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The Life We Are Given
(Tarcher, 2005)
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Way of Aikido, The: Life Lessons from an American Sensei: Life Lessons from an American Sensei
(Plume, 2000)
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selected video, audio, dvd

The 5 Keys to Mastery
(Winstar, 2005)
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The Tao of Practice
(Mystic Fire Video, 1998)
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other related websites

Integral Transformative Practice
Developed by Michael Murphy and George Leonard