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We gave you some great and simple steps for building a powerful community and creating a yogi tribe that supports one another. But how does one lead that tribe? What are the essential leadership qualities that when fully embodied can truly inspire and create entire new movements of change?
3 Essential Leadership Qualities
Leadership, as we may suspect, has very little to do with position, or even skill sets. (Although both are often represented in great examples of leadership.) Ultimately, leadership is a way of being and a way of thinking. It cannot be taught through the words in this blog. A simple conceptual understanding of leadership is insufficient. What we need, as leaders, is to be able to assess every situation applying three essential qualities:
To honor your words, to show up as yourself, to stand up in the face of disagreement and anger, and to remain courageous in your endeavors are critical to leadership.
Strengthen Your Leadership Qualities
There are a few ways in which these three qualities can be exercised by any of us, right now, to begin to stimulate and grow our leadership muscles. With these strong muscles, we get to not only temporarily create great tribes, but actually remain strong in leading them through all the ups and downs, and for the long run.
Integrity, for instance, is not just about sticking to your words no matter what. It’s more about knowing that even if you cannot meet your obligations, you still remain authentic and courageous to say so, and then clean up any mess that results. This is very different than trying hard to do what we say we’ll do, but then, if know we cannot, hiding, ignoring, or making last-minute excuses to others and to ourselves.
The Importance of Quality Leadership
At the end of the day, practicing leadership has a lot to do with the practice of yoga because it is an internal journey that gets heavily tested in our day-to-day lives. We want to explore this topic of leading strong communities effectively because the world today is thirsty for a different kind of leadership—the kind that creates powerful movements, that is clear, and that binds people together with trust and a larger vision. Let’s do this together.
Free Webinar with Baron Baptiste
Learn more about leading a great tribe in our webinar coming up Wednesday, February 18. We will explore tangible ways you can start exercising this muscle and our incredible guest speaker Baron Baptiste share his personal journey of creating and leading an amazing world-wide tribe of yogis. Sign up here.
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