Warrior Leadership
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Warrior Leadership

Drawing on ancient warrior wisdom to embody powerful presence and graceful leadership in challenging times
4.4 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
422 students enrolled
Created by Francis Briers
Last updated 11/2014
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  • 4.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 mins on-demand audio
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the practical difference between leadership and management and how to be a leader whatever role we hold
  • Influence with integrity
  • Explore how ancient Warrior philosophy can bring meaning to modern life
  • Communicate with clarity
  • Learn a basic mindfulness practice to reduce stress and become more present and aware
  • Bring greater compassion to your relationships
  • Practice embodied techniques for managing your state under pressure and cultivating a radiant presence
  • Make a difference in the world by embracing leadership in your work, family, and communities
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  • The course can be a great starting point in personal development and cultivating your leadership, and if you are already experienced in the field you will still find lots here to inspire you to the next step in your journey. I regularly work with very experienced leaders, coaches, and facilitators who have been learning for a long time and what I offer here is still 'fresh' for them.
  • The course is made up of video's, mp3's and pdf's. The videos play on the Udemy platform, it will help if you can print out the pdf's so adobe acrobat reader or an equivalent will be necessary for reading the files
  • I'd really recommend dedicating time to watch each section as a whole if possible. Each video is complete in and of itself but they do build on each other.
  • The attendant articles also link in to what you have watched and will deepen your learning so if at all possible watch and then read soon after so you get to immerse yourself in the topics.
  • Make time to work with the practices that I offer in the course. Even if it is only 5-10 mins per day, if you can carve out some dedicated practice time this will exponentially increase the value of what you will learn. This is not just about cognitive understanding, it is about practicing new ways of being.
  • You may want to keep a journal for this program. This could include your own notes from the lectures but also recording and reflecting on your experiences, noting moments when you successfully used techniques, general self-reflection during the period of the course - self-awareness is the first step to learning.

Deep personal growth, practical skills, happier relationships, making a difference.

The world is complex and can often be confusing. We all want to live a meaningful life and feel like we can make a difference in the world but where do we start? Our lives are fast-paced and busy, we have to earn a living, we have families to care for, how can we thrive when we are juggling so much?

In this course you will learn practical methods to help you to be more calm, powerful, and compassionate even in the face of life's difficulties. The ancient warrior traditions have much to teach us about facing the battlefield of modern life with grace, dignity, and even joy!

This leadership course is a program of deep personal development offered in concise lectures enriched by reading and practical exploration. It combines teaching of ideas, exploration of philosophical perspectives, journaling and self-reflection, and embodied practices for embedding new ways of being. The broad topics we will explore are:

  • Leadership
  • Warrior philosophy
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • Embodiment
  • Compassion
  • Sustainability
  • Clear communication
  • State management (stress management & resilience)
  • Values and meaning

There are over 4 hours of video lectures, broken down into bite-sized chunks. Every section has practices to take away and work with to build real, embodied capacity not just theoretical understanding. There are various articles to deepen your learning and serve as references, plus 2 e-books, one of which is a printable resource for building appreciation into your life, the other is another deeper dive into the topics explored in the course. This program offers real development and awesome value for money.

If you want to connect to your inner warrior and be the leader of your life, this course is for you.

Who is the target audience?
  • This leadership course is for anyone who wants to feel more empowered in the face of a complex and confusing world
  • If you want a practical and thought provoking introduction to the field of leadership
  • If you want to be more influential without feeling like you are sacrificing your integrity
  • If you are a manager and want to improve your interpersonal skills and manage stress better
  • If you want to take responsibility for your life and would value practical tools to help you do that
  • If you want to find greater meaning and purpose in life
  • If you dream of setting up a project but struggle to motivate yourself and others
  • Do you want to contribute to the world being a better place but don't know where to start?
  • If you have studied the martial arts and want to be able to apply the principles and philosophy you have learned more broadly in your life, not just in the dojo or on the mat
  • DON'T do this course if you want a quick fix. There are fast to grasp practical tools here but this aims at deep learning and building long-term practice
  • DON'T do this course if you want to know how to manipulate people and "Win in business." There is lots here that will help you succeed in what you do but not at any cost
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Curriculum For This Course
49 Lectures
Introduction to Warrior Leadership
9 Lectures 35:20

Introducing the Warrior Leadership Course overall.

Preview 05:22

A 1 page PDF with a visual which maps out how the course is structured based on the Warrior's Tetrad

Preview 1 page

Exploring why the Warrior traditions have sharp relevence for modern life

Preview 04:09

Making the link between vulnerability and power as they meet in the expression of true courage


The evolved Warrior as capable of nurturing life

The Warrior & The Gardener

Looking at how leadership is a foundational human capacity, a birth-right

Preview 04:43

Introducing a working definition of leadership as distinct from management and command.

What is Leadership?

Bringing in the concept of Embodiment as context for the learning methods in the course

Preview 02:46

Throughout the course I will introduce you to practice which are really the heart of the course. Head-learning is great but if you want real transformational learning then practicing new ways of being is vital.

Preview 03:55
Respect - To Look Again
6 Lectures 28:33

Introducing respect and its deeper significance in the martial tradition

Preview 02:27

Looking at the linguistic root of the word 'Respect' and how that can inform the way we embody it

Preview 02:44

What I learned about leadership from therapy!

Unconditional Positive Regard

A spiritual perspective on respecting the innate integrity of the individual

The Original Wound

What Hawaiian philosophy can teach us about being loving in trying times


A simple mindfulness practice for enabling greater presence and awareness in every moment

Aloha Meditation
Integrity - Finding balance amidst confusion and integrating ourselves
10 Lectures 01:05:46

Introducing integrity as alignment of thought and word and deed.


Exploring balance and integration

Integrating Opposites

The importance of clear boundaries in our relationships

Holding Boundaries

Making clear requests for healthier relationships

Clear Requests

Giving and getting clear responses to build understanding and alignment

Clear Responses

Holding accountability for building trust


Brining awareness to our shifting roles in life and work

Shifting Roles

Exploring the idea of 'psychological contracts' as a way to better understand the subtle territory of relationships and trust

Shifting Roles 2

Reflecting on our values to better understand our own sense of integrity and behaviour


An embodied practice for building integration in the body and expanding that to create a radiant presence for positive impact

Preview 08:38
Responsibility - The Ability to Respond to Life's Challenges
9 Lectures 01:09:36

Introducing the concept of responsibility as an active principle and different from blame or fault

Preview 02:29

Further exploring responsibility as a 'magical' third choice is an increasingly polarised world

The Warrior's Choice

Learning about the psychological theor of 'The Adaptive Triangle' as a way to further exlplore how we can be even more responsible, aware and empowered in our relationships

The Adaptive Triangle

If we are to take responsibility for our actions we first need to learn how to manage our physiological and emotional state

Managing State

An embodied technique for managing state and shifting out of the stress response

Breathe, Ground, Centre

A WAV file to save on your audio device (phone, ipod) to walk you through the technique. For an mp4a version (not supported by Udemy but smaller file size) go here:

Breathe, Ground, Centre - Audio - 3 mins

A WAV file to save on your audio device (phone, ipod) to walk you through the technique. For an mp4a version (not supported by Udemy but smaller file size) go here:


Breathe, Ground, Centre - Audio - 7 mins

Understanding the physiological processes involved in the stress response and how and why 'Breathe, Ground, Centre' works

Physiology of State

Learning to meet the world with 'Thank you' not 'Please' and engage in appreciative practices to build happier relationships and more effective workplaces

14 Lectures 01:05:08

Introducing this section and its sub-sections


This second E-book included in the course gives the full overview of the ideas underpinning this section on 'Adaptability.' It is not too long and will greatly depen your appreciation of the topics discussed in the videos. If you ever feel overwhelmed in the face of the world's complexity, this book could really help you to find a framework within which to find greater understanding and perhaps some measure of peace.

Radical Embrace
44 pages

Looking at responsible use of power as an expression of the intra-personal and our leadership

1 - Power

Putting our power in service to peace to enable loving power

Warriors for Peace

Reflecting on: What are you in service of?

For the Sake of What?

Looking at our embodiment as an expression of the personal and the medium for being and skilful action

2 - Posture

Setting the wider context for embodiment work and explaining one of the key recent pieces of research which relates to the field

Embodiment Research

A technique for becoming more skilful in creating the quality of presence we want and taking responsibility for our impact

Embodying Yin & Yang

Looking at our relationships as the field of the interpersonal and a learning-ground for compassionate action

3 - People

Why slowing down makes us kinder

Slowing Down

A frameowrk for clear communication including appreciating, giving feedback and clearing up confusion and resentment

Clear Communication

Exploring sustainabiliy and environmentalism as an expression of our trans-personal selves. Marrying the transcendent with the material with nature as the visible face of spirit

4 - Planet

Being guided by a transformation of orientation in relationship to the world around us

Planet as Legitimate Other

A practical method for cultivating compassion and expanding our circle of concern

Loving Kindness
1 Lecture 01:15

A simple message to close the program

About the Instructor
Francis Briers
4.4 Average rating
9 Reviews
422 Students
1 Course
Author & Facilitator specialising in Leadership & Embodiment

I am fascinated with human beings: how we learn and grow, how we find meaning, build relationships, and choose to live. I have been exploring the mind-body connection for 20 years and teaching, coaching and facilitating for 15. I am a leadership development facilitator with some of the world's top values-based consultancies. I work with organisations ranging from charities to large corporates, and individuals ranging from students to CEO's. Key areas of research for me have been embodiment, compassion, positive psychology, and increasingly - sustainability. I am an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor and I have studied a broad range of the world's wisdom traditions including substantial training in Taoism, Shamanism, and the Martial Arts (including 3rd Dan black belt in Karate). I am one of the lead trainer's on the year-long Embodiment Facilitator Course. I hold a BA(Hons) from one of the UK's top drama schools and I am a certified Uzazu Embodiment Coach. I have published 4 books on personal and spiritual development and co-authored a set of resources for creating Compassionate Communities. I am a husband and father, and as well as my wife and son I love trees, chocolate, and the sea when it is stormy.