Leadership is a matter of positioning — not only yourself, but others as well. Whether you are building a new organization or shoring up an existing infrastructure, our Joy of Leadership courses will help you create unity and ironclad alliances with the people that you lead.
One key to success in leadership is tranquility. By resolving inner conflicts and being at peace with yourself, you learn to gain insight into others. If you are centered and balanced; when you are not reactive, your work seems to flow more gently.
At Joy of Leadership, we prefer in-person programs. When necessary, we also offer management and leadership courses online.
What results can you expect? Participants learn to react less and instead be responsive. They learn how to give support, so that the people and the project thrive. In a dynamic team, open communication is necessary. Everyone understands the role they play and each is encouraged to achieve their highest potential.
In my first big leadership position, I was afraid of making a mistake which made me rigid. My fear of failing resulted in a lack of flexibility. I was intent on getting the job done but failed to note that I was creating poor relationships. I didn't know it at the time, but with my lack of leadership skills, I was not alone. Every day millions of people report to work to a supervisor who never had one day of leadership training. Why are we surprised when new managers, who were never taught, don't know how to lead?
In my case, I had quickly found myself supervising over 500 people. The work was worthwhile but the people were challenging. It was hard. I spent many sleepless nights worrying and wondering, "Why is this so difficult?"
On one particularly bad day, I was exhausted. The situation had become too difficult. I began to question my purpose in life. Could I make an impact? I had lost my will to continue, when a mentor saw my distress and intervened with this wonderful warning: "You've come a long way. Don't give up now."
She explained, "With so much coming at you, many people in your position would run away. Before you quit, consider this: How you embrace power, reveals everything. Are you strong enough to hold the power you are given?"
Then she smiled.
It was a turning point moment. A little guidance at the right time helped me to survive the stress. In the coming years, advice from wonderful mentors changed everything. Eventually, I learned that leadership is not getting people to do what I want them to do, but making it possible for them to succeed. With that understanding, it became one of life's most rewarding experiences.
Because we spend so much time at work, a job should not be about how to survive, but how to thrive on the harmony that arises when a group of people are working together at their highest potential. Because of the wise guidance I received, the time I spent in leadership positions was no longer painful; it was a pleasure. I went on to supervise thousands of diverse people in twelve different countries. The clarity that came from that experience is the basis of the Joy of Leadership courses.
One of our best leadership courses online explores a manager's ability to take a 360-degree view of the situation and prepare for any contingency. Attendees learn how success can be a small matter if you stay on course. It delves into principles, character, integrity and how to interact with others.
According to Chief Learning Officer magazine, estimates put leadership development spending at over $50 billion per year and growing because corporations simply cannot compete in attracting all the talent that they need. They must develop leaders from within.
At the same time, according to a study at Deloitte, 68% of millennials don't trust businesses to behave ethically (while yoga pants are an everyday staple in the millennial wardrobe.) Our "Leadership with a Twist of Yoga" course is positioned to become an upward trend in the workforce because its core teaching is dharma, "to do the right thing."
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- Shar McBee, author of Leadership with a Twist of Yoga