Dancing in the Moment: Leadership and Followership Lessons in Latin Social Dancing

As a leadership coach, I’ve been on a personal journey to stretch beyond my comfort zone by learning to social dance, in particular the Latin Dances of Salsa and Bachatta, and an Angolan Dance called Kizomba. I will be writing a series of articles on various leadership distinctions that can be applied to all areas of life whether you are a dancer or not, or whether you are in a leadership role or not. The overarching premise is that we are all leaders at any given time in our lives regardless of roles. I will be looking this to develop a grounded theory of leadership that anyone can apply. The focus will mainly be on how leaders use their bodies to establish their leadership stance. We will also look at leadership from the follower’s perspective as well. This will be a wholistic and systems approach to dance, leadership, and self-development, and relationships of all kinds. I hope you enjoy this journey with me. It will be from my personal experience as well as from others’ who have shared their experiences with me. I hope this provides a different perspective that we are all leaders and there are ways we can be more effective as leaders.

Thank you.

Alan Lee Myers, MA, PCC, CHT
Change by Design Coaching

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