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Leadership Martial Arts: Leadership Lessons from Martial Arts

June 14, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT


The martial arts teach discipline, respect and technique. What can they teach us about leadership? Quite a lot.

In this session, Joanna Pineda, CEO & Chief Troublemaker of Matrix Group International, will  share five leadership lessons that she’s learned from studying two martial arts (TaeKwonDo and HapKiDo): When it’s important to trade your black belt for a white belt. How to take a punch. How to lead and how to follow. Always define the next level of achievement (the next belt). Sometimes, you just have to “do something.”



  • – Learn why it’s useful to think of your staff as students with different degrees of skill levels (belts).
  • – Learn how to have a conversation with a staff member who needs to switch jobs or seriously upgrade their skills (change to a new martial art).
  • – Learn how to teach your staff that they can be and should be leaders and followers at the same time.
Level Intermediate
NASBA (Field of Study) Personal Development
CAE (Subject Domain) Executive Leadership
Prerequisites and advance preparation needed 1 years operations experience. No advance preparation required
Reviewer Wade Tetsuka, CPA
CPE/CAE Credits 1.0
Cost Free
Delivery Group Internet Based

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Joanna M. Pineda
CEO & Chief Troublemaker, Matrix Group International, Inc.
Joanna is the CEO and Chief Troublemaker at Matrix Group (yes, we said, “chief troublemaker”). She founded the company in 1999. Under her leadership, Matrix…