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January, 2014:

Yogic Leadership!

Where are the Leaders?

As a child I came across the famous saying “Attitude determines altitude”. As a business professional, I came across “emotional intelligence” that Daniel Goleman who brought the term with his 1995 book, and actually found link between a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill and measurable business results. Then as spiritual yoga practitioner, I have learnt about “leader-follower” concept that links leadership with conscious living.

I have also read numerous articles and sayings by great leaders (of mammoth orgs) who suggested socially valuable skills which are often more cosmetic to rise from being ‘a good manager to a good leader’, without much real transformation in oneself. So the question remained what defines a true (not good or great) leader? and where can we find them?

Ironically, I don’t find leaders in those heavy titled, suited-booted people with sharp red ties. Most of whom I find to be glorified managers grown up through age and experience, rank and file in organizations who walk professing operational excellence, bury themselves in the daily rigmarole, political battles, and worse, often take shelter behind the walls of corporate power vested with them and material security. I find instead quite a few leaders in relatively junior titles who are leaders by what defines them who they are and not by their titles. Because they rely on their ‘internal’ – an inner level code by which they do their karma with a sense of responsibility and contribution. And at the being level, this becomes a way of life for them. They live like leaders, albeit without titles – I call them leaders in a follower disguise!

Yogic Leadership

At times we are leaders and at times we are not. That depends on our state of consciousness. Thats what I call “Yogic Leadership” to define how a spiritually -aware leader who functions with soul-level awareness.  On the corollary, it has a personality with an attitude, habits and actions carried out with recognition that everyone is a soul and commit to treat them as co-souls.

Consider this contrast between materially-driven and yogic leadership styles …

Materially-driven Leadership: I am the leader (worse, the boss), and I know the most.
Yogic Leadership: I am continuously learning along with the people I work with.

Materially-driven Leadership: They must take my instructions as they belong to the organization I lead.
Yogic Leadership: They are co-workers, co-souls, and I am their servant. I will thus empower them.

Materially-driven Leadership: I take decisions because I am the boss.
Yogic Leadership: I respect their ideas and inspire them to be leaders too.

Materially-driven Leadership: I am doing it, I have done it – I planned, I closed the deals and they simply followed my direction. That’s why people are always impressed by what I say and do.
Yogic Leadership: We do our karma as a team per our plan, and we consciously manage expectations that will cause frustration. We all accept the fruits of our efforts, with gratitude and team spirit, and move forward.

Materially-driven Leadership: Results reflect in our profits or share holder value.
Yogic Leadership: Results are the joy of the good karma itself as we pursue journey of our souls. Results are always there through inner peace, and little sense of bondage or greed.

Corporate Social Responsibility
Regular CSR: We justify paying back through CSR policy and activities. We allocate budgets to fund those programs.
Yogic Responsibility: We are a global family. We commit to share, celebrate and leave little negative impact on other souls, our ecosystem we play and the planet earth.

We are all leaders when we do our karma with consciousness!