The Times’ review of Wolf Hall quotes the director, Peter Kosminsky, on the subject of why Mark Rylance makes such a great actor:
He’s quite uniquely vulnerable. He’s very open to the vibrations and emotions around him… There’s very little in the way of mask or suit of armour around him. It’s as if he’s on ‘receive’ the whole time rather than ‘send’. A lot of actors, you can’t get them to shut up. Instead of listening and watching, they’re always telling you something. Mark is the opposite.
I wonder if this could apply to leadership and management?