BABSON PROFESSOR RAJ SISODIA CO-AUTHORS ‘SHAKTI LEADERSHIP: EMBRACING FEMININE AND MASCULINE POWER IN BUSINESS’
Babson College Professor Raj Sisodia has co-authored Shakti Leadership: Embracing Feminine and Masculine Power in Business alongside Nilima Bhat, founder of Sampurnah: The Wholeness Practice.
Both leaders of the Conscious Capitalism movement, Sisodia and Bhat showcase how men and women alike have been conditioned to value leadership qualities that emphasize ‘masculine’ behaviors and ‘win-at-all-cost’ attitudes. These hierarchical, individualistic, and militaristic traits support corruption, environmental degradation, social breakdown, and a host of other serious problems.
In their new book, the pair offers a more balanced and archetype of leadership, one that is generative, cooperative, creative, inclusive, and empathetic.
Bhat and Sisodia seek to restore a long-lost balance, for all genders alike, of masculine and feminine energies. Through exercises and inspirational examples, they show how to access infinite energy and to lead with one's whole self. Male or female, leaders who understand and practice Shakti Leadership will act from a consciousness of life-giving caring, creativity, and sustainability to achieve self-mastery internally and be of selfless service to the world.
In the United States alone, recent statistics show that out of 10 employees in the workforce, three are engaged in their work, five are indifferent, and two are actively hostile. Additionally, seven out of eight employees feel that they work for companies who do not care about them as human beings. Yet they are expected to go home and not infect their spouses and children with their unhappiness and frustration.
Sisodia and Bhat envision a world where leaders of companies are focused more on business ethics and their employees’ well-being, than making a profit. For companies like Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, Trader Joe’s, Patagonia, and the Container Store, committing to the greater good for employees, customers, investors, communities, suppliers, and the environment has proven profitable.
“Transformative as it is simple, in doing business the ‘right way,’ nothing has to be given up to become a market leader. In fact, you can always be the good guy if you harness Shakti,” explains Sisodia.
“When leaders of both sexes learn to embrace this mindset, we can restore sanity, elevate humanity, and heal the planet by evolving consciously together,” explains Bhat.
About the Authors
Raj Sisodia is the F.W. Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. and co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism, with John P. Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, and Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family with Bob Chapman, Chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller.
Nilima Bhat is founder of Sampurnah: The Wholeness Practice. She facilitates personaltransformation through self-awareness, self-leadership, and self-empowerment. After a successful multinational career, she was certified as a yoga teacher and became an integrative medicine coach and spiritual guide. Bhat is also co-author of My Cancer Is Me: The Journey from Illness to Wholeness.
About Babson College
Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-rankedcollege for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.