The Transition from the NBA to Corporate Helped This Visionary Navigate Leadership in the Corporate World

March 12, 2024
Geoffrey Roche


The corporate world landscape is evolving rapidly and it is where the pressures of performance, how to navigate leadership, and personal growth intersect with the complexities of a digitally dominated world. It is also why now the conversation around effective leadership has never been more pertinent. As industries grapple with unprecedented challenges—from technological disruption to the global talent war—the stakes for cultivating resilient, adaptable, and mindful leaders are at an all-time high. In this context, the journey of Mike Lee, from coaching NBA stars to shaping corporate leaders, offers a unique lens to explore the future of leadership in healthcare and beyond. 

What can the high-stakes world of professional sports teach us about navigating leadership in the corporate realm?

On an episode of Holistic Leadership: The Future of Work & Education in Healthcare, host Geoffrey M. Roche, examined that question with Lee. Together, they dissected how lessons from the NBA’s elite can be applied to enhance and navigate leadership in the corporate world, particularly within healthcare. 

Their conversation also covered:

  • Lee’s personal journey through adversity and how that led him to explore and later incorporate mindfulness and meditation into leadership coaching.
  • Insights into how a focus on process over outcome, and a commitment to growth mindset, has driven success for NBA players and how these principles apply to corporate leadership.
  • The parallels between the dynamic, high-pressure environment of professional sports and the corporate world, and how strategies for mental resilience and focus can be adapted.

Mike Lee is a coach, storyteller, author, and a guide at the intersection of sports and corporate leadership. He is also the founder of MindShift Labs. With a background that spans over 15 years working closely with the likes of NBA MVPs and top athletes, Lee has transformed his insights into actionable strategies for leaders across industries. His journey from the basketball court to the boardroom is underscored by his deep commitment to mindfulness, growth mindset, and the relentless pursuit of alleviating suffering through leadership.

Article written by Alexandra Simon.

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