New Book Praised by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, Explores Intrinsic Connection Between Personal Well-Being and Leadership Abilities, Offers Approach Inspired by Techniques From Traditional Practice of Yoga
Wellesley, MA – When we think about the qualities of an ideal leader, words like “decisive,” “charismatic,” “visionary”, and “resilient” may come to mind.
Yet we don’t always consider how to maintain qualities like these. And by focusing on words and labels alone, the deeper responsibility of being a leader—in fact the very essence of the word ‘leader’ itself— becomes distorted, argues yoga teacher and financial services professional Tarra Mitchell in her new book, The Yoga of Leadership: A Practical Guide to Health, Happiness, and Inspiring Total Team Engagement (December 12, 2017). Often, the word ‘leadership’ is correlated simply with holding a position of power.
In a more apt definition, leaders performing at an optimal level are awake, aware, and inspiring, Mitchell writes. They are resilient, have control of their mind and senses and can see life at a deeper level—thus inspiring their teams to strive for and reach their highest possible level of work. They also do their personal best to serve as positive examples—including by taking care of their physical health, cultivating mental strength and resilience, and operating with principle and purpose.
To help leaders achieve and maintain qualities essential to leadership success while fostering team engagement, Mitchell has designed a novel approach to leadership growth and development. Leveraging time-honored techniques from the traditional practice of yoga, The Yoga of Leadership explains how, by taking care of their holistic well-being, leaders are better able to:
- control emotions and manage stress,
- focus and concentrate,
- strengthen relationships, connection, and engagement,
- think more clearly and decisively, and
- make life-enhancing choices that improve overall well-being.
The book offers practical tools for connecting with each of the five interlocking dimensions, or layers, of holistic well-being according to yoga philosophy: physical, energy, mind, knowledge, and bliss.
“Connecting with each of the five layers enables leaders to show up at work happy, healthy, and vibrant, leading a team that loves working for them—and works with enthusiasm as a result. Leaders with great habits of health and well-being have the ability to penetrate the entire organization with an influence that is highly scalable. As you take care of yourself, you take care of your team,” Mitchell says.
Specific topics The Yoga of Leadership explores include:
- A balanced approach to taking care of physical health, leading to vitality, stamina, and resilience.
- The five mental obstacles to growth according to yoga philosophy and how to overcome them.
- Ways to develop equanimity in work and in life.
- How to cultivate discernment and an open mind by moving from reaction to response.
- Learning to lead through principle and fostering a principled workplace environment.
- Discovering how to operate with more self-awareness and emotional control.
“Personal well-being is not only principle centric, but also a leading indicator of success at work and in life. When the rubber meets the road and we have to perform as leaders, it all needs to be in check,” Mitchell says.
Praise for The Yoga of Leadership
“The Yoga of Leadership is an informative and thought-provoking complement to books on leadership. Oriented toward individual transformation, Tarra Mitchell shares a morally deep and timely message empowering leaders to raise consciousness through what she calls holistic wellbeing. With the integrity of an insider, she intelligently weaves together the elements necessary to become inspiring leaders in today’s fast-paced work environment and offers a convincing case leveraging ancient wisdom, science, and stories. This book has profound implications for how we manage our days, weeks, teams, and organizations.”
—John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market, Co-Author, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
“In our 30 years of working with clients on personal finance, we at Edelman Financial know that personal finance is more personal than finance. There is a necessary human element in all business endeavors. Tarra and I share the same language. The Yoga of Leadership teaches us how to tap into our inner self so we can be the best leader and person we can be. Brava, Tarra!
—Jean Edelman, Co-Founder, Edelman Financial Services, and Author, The Other Side of Money
“The Yoga of Leadership is a deep and meaningful resource with real world applicability. Tarra Mitchell brings the ancient wisdom of yoga into leadership in a way that will easily resonate. Tarra committed to me many years back that she would bring yoga to the business world in some way and here it is!”
—Rolf Gates, Teacher and Author, Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Meditations on Intention and Being: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga, Mindfulness and Compassion.
About the author
Tarra Mitchell, author of The Yoga of Leadership, is integrating her distinctive background in business and yoga to contribute to the great conversation around leadership and consciousness. The Yoga of Leadership demonstrates how personal wellbeing is not only principle centric but also a leading indicator of success at work and in life. With an MBA in International Finance and German, her keen ability to connect with people led to an investment career directing billion-dollar fundraising events and developing relationships around the world. Tarra has practiced yoga for over twenty years and has studied extensively with master yoga teachers and private mentors.
Title: The Yoga of Leadership: A Practical Guide to Health, Happiness, and Inspiring Total Team Engagement
Author: Tarra Mitchell
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: TarraYoga LLC
Release Date: December 12th, 2017