I’ve been taking yoga classes for five years and have been teaching yoga for the past year. I completed my 200-hour teaching-training program last summer and have been enjoying connecting with students from a different perspective. An unplanned bonus: Being a yoga teacher has helped me sharpen some of my leadership skills! Here are the parallels that I’ve found between leading a class and leading at work.
Let’s take a moment to break down the loathsome and obnoxious statement that is, “Failure Is Not An Option”, shall we? Mmmkay, thanks.
For a multitude of reasons, which I’ll gladly share with you, I detest that statement.
1. Relativity of “failure” is never considered.
2. The phrase implies that failure is a terrible thing; something to be avoided.
3. Because failure is to be avoided, too many people refuse to try new things or take any risks.
4. We take failure personally; we allow it to define us.
Leadership takes many forms and yet it is easy to recognize when you experience it. Whether you are aspiring to be a leader or already in a position of influence, these quotes from our faculty are sure to inspire you along your journey. Plus, the images are easily "pinnable" (just click the red Pinterest button in the top left corner) so that you can save your favorite.
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There is a leadership lesson that has always stuck with me that can be drawn from the cheating in baseball. If you are familiar with baseball and I asked you to rattle off a list of players that likely cheated, some common names might come to mind: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, or Alex Rodriguez.
Call to mind a great coach you admire. What does this coach do right? Perhaps, he or she is good at teaching the rules of the game or at determining which roles each person must play on the team. Maybe this coach is great at facilitating all team members to get along and play fair together. In addition, this coach probably knows how to get the most out of people through positive feedback and encouraging words.
Well, guess what? These same coaching skills are needed for managers in getting the most out of their people at work.
I remember in the late 1990s meeting with Jeff Bezos at his Amazon headquarters in Seattle. In those days, people were skeptical how far he could take his little online bookstore. While we met and discussed some partnership ideas with his staff, Bezos had an opinion about everything and he was very good at explaining how all his ideas linked to the bigger vision of Amazon. It was clear to me then that Bezos was a teacher and extraordinary strategic thinker. Although his vision was big, he was also good at some little things and operated in a very methodical way.
Any good parent or good athletic coach is focused on enabling growth, achievement, and learning. If you think about personal relationships, the most successful are those where the spouse is supportive. This same type of coaching is what is needed of great leaders.