Leadership Training California Style

Shar McBee
January 11, 2021

Shar McBee

Leadership with a Twist of Yoga

Where else but in California would you find leadership training courses with yoga? It might seem trendy, yet, yoga wisdom is ancient so be careful before you laugh.

On the other hand, go ahead and laugh. At Joy of Leadership, one of the yogic principles we teach in our leadership and management courses is "To Lead is to Laugh."

According to the ancient Chinese book of wisdom, the I Ching:

"The joyous mood is infectious and brings success. Intimidation will work sometimes but not for long. On the other hand, when hearts are won with friendliness, people will take on all hardships for you, even death itself, so great is the power of joy over people." - I Ching

At Joy of Leadership, we say: To be successful, lighten up. And the harder your work is, the more you need to lighten up. Your hope for a bright future depends on it.

Another yoga and leadership principle we teach at Joy of Leadership is "To Lead is to Connect." The word yoga in Sanskrit means "union" (or "yoke.") Individual work is weak. Teamwork is strong. Learning to connect with your team, then connecting them to each other, brings success.

Picture a mountain. It is not intimidated by a storm. It surrenders to the circumstances and remains stable. Learning the yogic "Mountain Pose" and the philosophy behind it will help you avoid the pressure that comes with challenging situations. There's no need to act prematurely or jump to your first conclusion. When you learn to be still, standing steady and quiet like a mountain, you won't have to grasp for the quickest solution.

Yoga creates energy. Impatience scatters it. New endeavors always include chaos. The Mountain Pose helps you to relax during chaotic beginnings. When you learn the yogic concept of "stability before mobility," it will help you to be comfortable with non-action until the right thing to do becomes clear. This should provide greater opportunities, and make it possible to expand your horizons.

In the West, we've come to think of yoga as just physical postures. Exercise. But it is much more than that. Yoga unites your mind, your body, and your emotions. Forward bends are relaxing and calm your nerves. Backbends are invigorating. Twists increase flexibility and make you more open-minded. Wouldn't that be helpful to you in a leadership position?

I've been writing and speaking about leadership for years and practicing yoga even longer. I first recognized the connection between leadership and yoga while I was helping a corporate executive prepare a speech. His demeanor was weak. He didn't have oomph. It was disappointing, so I asked him to stand in the warrior pose to practice the speech.

He got better. Hmmm. But it still wasn't strong enough. Finally, I said, "You were given that big body. Use it to serve." Wow. Something happened to him. He looked like a Picasso painting going into alignment. He stood up straight, shoulders back, relaxed. No longer slouching. No longer limp. Both he and the speech became powerful. He went home pleased, as was I.
The next day his wife called and asked, "What did you do to him?"
"I don't know," I replied, "What do you mean?"

"He came home transformed," she explained, and then continued, "He has always been afraid that other people are frightened of big, black men. His entire life he has tried to make himself look smaller. When you said, 'You were given that big body. Use it to serve, he suddenly saw himself in a new light."

He had to be stable in his own body to be effective. He had to know who he was before he could reach out. A balanced attitude makes it possible to influence others in a positive way.

Yoga is not a twisted body. Not someone lying on a bed of nails. Not a technique nor an exercise. Yoga is about being in balance .stilling the fluctuations of the mind, according to the ancient definition in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

As a leader, you need balance so you no longer reel between hope and fear, expansion and contraction, pain and pleasure, success, and failure. When you are in balance you function at your best. Your natural abilities flow out. You have more energy and experience more happiness and contentment.

Leadership requires a connection with others. Seeing people and being seen. In our leadership and management courses in Los Angeles, we teach how to create cooperation, how to motivate people to listen to you, and how to attract support plus the yoga wisdom of balance, flexibility, and dharma (do the right thing). Wouldn't that be useful in a leadership position?

No yoga pants required. The yoga is tranquil enough to do at your desk in a suit or stilettos.

- Shar McBee

Shar McBee

Want Shar McBee for your next event?

Find out more information, including fees and availability.
Find Out More
Keep Reading
Phylicia Rashad on the Joy of Leadership Podcast
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
July 29, 2022
Welcome to the Joy of Leadership Podcast onKMozartbrought to you byCobblestone Wine.I’m ...
New Joy of Leadership Podcast on KMozart
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
July 19, 2022
Welcome to the Joy of Leadership Podcast onKMozartbrought to you byCobblestone Wine. I am your host ...
Alzheimer's Cure: Great News
Shar McBee
Shar McBee
July 15, 2022
There is fantastic news about an Alzheimer’s cure. Do you remember Dr. Dale Bredesen - the doctor that I have ...
Phylicia Rashad on the Joy of Leadership Podcast
Welcome to the Joy of Leadership Podcast onKMozartbrought to you byCobblestone Wine.I’m your host Shar McBee. Our guest, Phylicia Rashad, is a director, a star on television and Broadway, and now the new Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Howard University. You can listen on KMozart, read it below, or catch it on You Tube. It is als...
Read More
New Joy of Leadership Podcast on KMozart
Welcome to the Joy of Leadership Podcast onKMozartbrought to you byCobblestone Wine. I am your host Shar McBee. Our guest is an Academy Award winning movie producer at Walt Disney Animation, Osnat Shurer. First, we begin with today’s leadership secret: To lead is to connect.” When people feel included, they will support you. When th...
Read More
Alzheimer's Cure: Great News
There is fantastic news about an Alzheimer’s cure. Do you remember Dr. Dale Bredesen - the doctor that I have been trying to help? His work just got fantastic news. The cognitive scores in over 80% of patients improved significantly. This new study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease1. Basically, this is what happened...
Read More
Leadership Training: Change Your Mind
Leadership training is successful when it is seen as an evolving situation. What we were so sure of in the past, may not be true today. If you can change your mind about people, you'll be able to accomplish what you want.A woman in a cafe left her table for a few moments and returned to discover a hobo eating her meal. She sat down, ...
Read More
CNN Business: Managers in a Pressure Cooker?
Jeanne Sahadi wrote this thoughtful article for CNN business: Managers have been living in a pressure cooker. Many have had it. Inspire your team. Deliver results. Keep costs under control. Those have always been top responsibilities for leaders and managers at work. But their job duties have grown more time-consuming and complex tha...
Read More
Nourishment: Your Key to Success?
Providing nourishment is an essential ingredient in our Joy of Leadership trainings in Los Angeles. About 5,000 people showed up at a seminar I was organizing. Many more than we expected. As the number of people increased, the ushers became overwhelmed and were not doing a good job of seating them quickly and courteously. The...
Read More
Dharma
An important concept from yoga that will be beneficial to you in leadership is dharma. The following is an excerpt from the book, Leadership with a Twist of Yoga. Dharma loosely means "to do the right thing." People often ask, "What is my great work?" If you do the work in front of you greatly, it will lead you to your great work. Dharma is abou...
Read More
Leadership Training: To Lead is to Serve
Breakthrough Leadership Training in Los Angeles based on “To Lead is to Serve.” Hello. Welcome.I'm Shar McBee, the author of "To Lead is to Serve." There is a story in theTalmud about a king and his son. They loved each other very much but they couldnot get along. So, the prince left home and went far away. Aftera w...
Read More
Amazing Abundance: LinkedIn's Andrew Seaman interviews Deepak Chopra
Abundance with Deepak Chopra was the topic of this LinkedIn News “Get Hired” podcast hosted by Andrew Seaman. You canlisten to it hereor read it below. Deepak Chopraneeds almost no introduction. He's a bestselling author, the founder of The Chopra Foundation, a medical doctor, a leader in mindfulness and so much more...
Read More
The Power of Enthusiasm
2 Dangers of Enthusiasm: When you are not feeling enthusiastic…and when you are.Confucius said that if you could understand the power of enthusiasm, you could "rule the world as though it were spinning in your hand." In a leadership role, if you can whip up your enthusiasm, you'll rally your forces and they will move forward with you...
Read More