Shakti Leadership: Leveraging Masculine & Feminine

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50 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Montréal, QC H2X 3V4


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A 1-day immersion with co-author Nilima Bhat

Into the Journey through the Five Elements

(Presence, Power, Wholeness, Flexibility & Congruence)


Men and Women urgently need a leadership model that works for today’s world. The prevailing leadership paradigm, arising from its militaristic origins, over-emphasizes masculine values such as confidence, competition and decisiveness, and focuses primarily on an outside-in, competency-based approach.

Prominent recent leadership models proposed for women in books such as Lean In, How Remarkable Women Lead and The Athena Doctrine address certain desirable leadership behaviors and provide evidence that women are innately suited to a more human and holistic approach to leadership that is needed in the world today: generative, creative, empathetic. However, they do not offer enough guidance on the journey: how women can start from where they are and cultivate their inner capacities to become transformational leaders who combine great strength with an innate capacity for caring. As Joseph Jaworski put it, most leadership models focus on what leaders do, and some on how they do it. But the key question is “from where?”

This unique program aims to awaken men and women to their innate feminine leadership capacities, through an inside-out, consciousness-based approach. That sources directly from their authentic, resilient, life-affirming and regenerative core, their Shakti.

When men and women learn to become whole, by integrating their masculine and feminine nature, they come into their true power and presence, and can embody leadership maturity as well learning agility. This unleashes their formidable creativity and innate entrepreneurialism to raise themselves, their teams and the organization to the next, desired level. Furthermore, their awakened ownership of issues can go on to help harmoniously resolve the conflicts and crises they face outside the organization on many fronts: economic, social, political and environmental.

Developing Shakti-based leadership is a transformative “Hero’s” or “Heroine’s journey”; to their unique wholeness and purpose. This journey of self-discovery and to “having-it-all’, though experienced as deeply personal, is completely universal and little known.

In this program we will bust the false myths/limiting beliefs that have conditioned us and reclaim our power from the unconscious drives, urges and voices that rule us. We will discover the stages of this “everyman” and “everywoman’s” journey to self-mastery and selfless service, in our own life-story; and surface our empowering personal myth that will give us the road-map, the destination and the fuel for the leadership journey and to conquer and thrive on the challenges that lie ahead.


The entire content is based on Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodia’s newly published book on Shakti Leadership, which builds on the Conscious Capitalism tenets of Conscious Leadership and the Higher Purpose of Business. The book is ideally to be pre-read by participants.

Shakti Leadership is a unique, synthesized model that includes elements from:

  • Latest Leadership frameworks of cultivating Executive Presence, building a personal brand and the power of story-telling.

  • Joseph Campbell and Maureen Murdock’s work around Myth and the Hero / Heroine’s Journey;

  • Carl Jung’s work around Values & Shadow, Archetypal and Depth Psychology

  • Eastern frameworks such as Integral Yoga, Yin-Yang

Given the transformational objective of the program it combines an intensive, retreat-style setting with an activity-based shared-learning format.

Participants are asked to dress in loose, comfortable clothing that allows a good range of movement.


  • Men and women who want to gain self-mastery, reclaim their power, express their authentic voice and find personal meaning and purpose to show up as leaders and change agents in the organization, their teams and communities.

  • They typically demonstrate a willingness to learn, to go deeper and to let go a position if required.

  • The group may consist of Leadership Coaches and Facilitators, Conscious Capitalists / Entrepreneurs, senior level HR professionals and those identified to build Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership pipeline within their organizations.


The program focuses on Self-Leadership; building self-awareness and self-responsibility towards the life and leadership one wants to experience. Participants will feel equipped to return and show-up modelling this whole new level of equipoise/confidence as well as openness and flexibility as leaders.

Specifically, in terms of Knowledge, Skills & Attitude (KSA), leaders will learn about

  • The Hero’s Journey Map: And how to re-frame their own challenges. Relate it to their leadership journey. Discover where they are on it, and what to expect on the way ahead.

  • Presence Practice: Akin to ‘Mindfulness’ training. A 10-min tool that they can practice anytime to center and find calm in the chaos. An audio-file will be shared.

  • Higher-Self Dialog: A ‘Personal mastery’ tool to access their inner wisdom and gain clarity when confused or dealing with complexity. An audio-file will be shared.

  • Power Dynamics: How to exercise true Power; “share power with” rather than “have power over” people

  • Diversity & Inclusion / Gender Sensitization: Appreciate how men and women journey differently (Hero’s Journey Vs Heroine’s Journey).

  • Psychological Wholeness: Self-parenting the inner-child. And cultivating and integrating mature masculine and feminine capacities. A framework to leverage Masculine & Feminine power effectively will be shared.

  • Masculine – Feminine Leadership Style Assessment: A worksheet to discover their dominant style and how to flex between both situationally

  • (Re) Claiming “Higher Purpose”: Discover it through the Enneagram framework, Platonic Ideals, Higher-Self Dialog, Worksheet and a ‘Purpose Walk’ activity.

  • Cohort building: Learn from each other’s wisdom and experience in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment, building new levels of relationships based on deep trust.

  • Have a lot of fun!


  • Sharpen your self-awareness and passion to increase your overall energy and impact.

  • Understand how and when to effectively utilize your innate feminine and masculine energies to engage, motivate and produce.

  • Reframe your position and view any new crisis as an opportunity to grow and develop deeper skills

  • Discern between False Power and True Power, identifying its five necessary elements.


09:00 – 09:30 Welcome & Intros + Agenda setting

09:30 – 10:30 The Heroic Journey + Activity (Ordeal story)

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:30 Presence + Activity (Presence Practice)

11:30 – 12:30 True Power / Agency + Activity (Power Over Vs Power With) + Reflection

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 Wholeness & Flexibility + Activity (M&F Polarity Framework)

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 17:00 Congruence + Activity (Higher-Self Dialogue) + Purpose Walk (I AM / I CAN / I WILL)

17:00 – 17:30 CLOSING: Key-takeways, Appreciation, Commitments, VisionNext


Nilima Bhat: Co-author, Shakti Leadership - Embracing Feminine & Masculine Power in Business; and My Cancer is Me – The journey from Illness to Wholeness. Nilima is a Conscious Leadership and Integral Health expert. She facilitates personal transformation, gender reconciliation and diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She has 28+ years of global corporate experience and consciousness-based health and growth training. She has lived in Germany, Singapore, UK and Hong Kong and has spent the last few years between India and the US, serving as guest faculty at the Whole Foods Academy for Conscious Leadership, Bentley University, Babson College and Esalen. She is also actively involved with supporting the Conscious Capitalism Movement and WIN (Women’s International Network). Her client base includes multinational organizations like Tata Consultancy Services, Etsy, Societe Generale Bank, Microsoft, Vodafone and the YPO.




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