The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
(from ‘Caged Bird’ by Maya Angelou)
Get ready to lead from the entire depth and breadth of you
- Are you tired from being on the hamster wheel of leadership development programs that promise transformation, but somehow leave you hungering for more?
- Do terms like collaboration, innovation, meaning & purpose feel important to you as a leader, but they’re starting to feel like hollow buzzwords, and you’re beginning to lose faith in your ability to embody & practice them?
- Do you ache to share morsels of wisdom that you’ve gleaned, or express hidden aspects of your personality, but you’re hesitant to shout them out loud for some reason?
- Are you haunted by the possibility that there is something truer, something deeper, that you want to access and be fueled by?
For far too long now, the world of leadership development has been inundated with promises of 5-step checklists and 7-step processes to success.
That was well and good for a world where things were predictable and controllable.
We don’t live in such a world anymore.
(And, the more reflective among us will argue, it’s an illusion to believe that we were ever in control. But I digress.)
You may have been taught that leadership is about finding and following THE way to do it right, but the cost of that, particularly in today’s interconnected and turbulent world, is that a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership will fall flat more often than not.
How feasible, really, is it to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach when your team may come from all corners of the globe, when your family goes from conventional to blended, or when your boss drops a bombshell on you that you couldn’t foresee?
Then there’s the call to innovate, to stay ahead of the competitive curve. How can a one-size-fits-all approach possibly serve you through the trials and tribulations, and the many phases, of an innovation process?
And in an era where being a socially-conscious leader helps more than just your bottom line, innovation is no longer fueled by the egoic urge to develop a product/service just because you can, or because it makes you the smartest person in the room.
For your groundbreaking ideas to really take flight, they need to come from a deeper, richer place within your being, and to be implemented in a way that serves the greater good of humanity and the planet.
Here’s where SHINE Coaching Programs come in
When you say yes to a SHINE coaching program, you develop a true-to-you way to lead in the world.
Bit by conscious bit, we slough off the tired and unusable patterns that have governed the way you think, feel and act as a leader. You will find yourself approaching and solving your leadership dilemmas faster and with more ease. Mental and emotional stress start to fall away, and are replaced by a feeling of calm conviction about the daily choices and decisions you make.
Instead of the old paradigm of puffing yourself up as a leader and strutting your stuff like a proud peacock, to prove to others that you’re credible and capable, you will begin to exude a more quietly powerful presence, one that is fueled by the deeper belief that you’re doing the right thing, for yourself or the people who rely on you to lead them. You will become infinitely more appealing, and compelling, as a leader. You will find that your ideas go down a lot more smoothly in meetings, your words resonate more soundly, and an elusive gravitas you may have been seeking flows naturally from and through you. Even when you’re light-hearted, others will feel and know the deeper intention behind your seemingly breezy manner.
Once you’ve experienced one of our SHINE programs, leadership ethics and morality take on an extremely practical flavor. We’ve all been exposed to our version of a higher law or morality, whether via religion or good parenting. And whether you realize it or not, you use this moral compass when making tough leadership decisions. Instead of, again, applying a one-size-fits-all or black-and-white approach to ethics and morality, you will develop the instincts to practice what Aristotle calls ‘phronesis’ or practical wisdom. Just because your momma taught you to always be honest (which is a wonderful virtue), it doesn’t mean you should practice honesty in a way that hurts and offends others. Practical wisdom helps you temper your moral compass with a consideration for others, and an appreciation for the broader context that your decision lives within.
Our SHINE coaching programs also help you excel in cross-cultural or global leadership roles. Instead of approaching a leadership situation wearing either an Eastern or Western thinking hat, you will learn how to blend the wisdom from both traditions. We teach & practice what Peter Temes writes in The Power of Purpose, “…the world we live in today is no longer easily divided between East and West; each tradition has drawn on the other for decades now, and the habits and patterns of thinking of each have blended together in important ways….the most successful people have always combined elements of both traditions in their thinking — they embrace the ambition and outward focus of the West as well as the patience and humility of the East.”
How SHINE Coaching programs work
Using my practical leadership knowledge, what my heart tells me in our coaching moments, and what my intuition guides me to do, I custom-tailor our coaching sessions with the 5 ingredients of my Lead FIRST framework in mind:
- Being FEARLESS: Amplifying your courage despite the fears you show up with when you lead
- Being INVENTIVE: Knowing where and how to use your innovation strengths
- Being RESILIENT: Building the muscle that helps you get back up again when leadership challenges knock you down
- Being STRATEGIC: Putting the pieces of the puzzle into place for yourself, your company and the industry you work in
- Being TRUTH-SEEKING: Getting to the heart & soul of the matter and dealing with leadership issues head on
SHINE coaching programs are not for the faint of heart.
(That’s why being Fearless is the first ingredient in my Lead FIRST framework.)
We go deep and, if you’re up to the task, you will release outmoded leadership patterns and heal fast.
The more you’re prepared to do the work, the bolder your leadership leaps will be.
And that can only result in bigger leadership waves emanating from your soul, for yourself, for your team and community, for humanity, and for this one beautiful planet we call home.
Maya’s got a great blend of practicality, spiritual wisdom and a nurturing, healing kindness that has been excellent in our coaching together.
Suzanne FalterBest-selling self-help author, speaker, and singer
Maya’s coaching made me generally a happier person and more relaxed & confident in meetings. She considered me as a whole person, my emotions, communication style…and helped me be more mindful when I was challenged by change at work.
DavidTeam Director, Fortune 100 company
Ready to dive in?
Every day you continue saying no to the inner voice that’s hungering to dance in the joy of serving a larger cause, is a day you aren’t being true to the fullest depth and breadth of you.
If anything on this page has you shouting out a deep and loud YES, and you’re ready to align your head, heart and soul to lead others, then say yes to experiencing the SHINE coaching program on an Intro Call.
Your brilliant future awaits. Choose to SHINE now.