Leila Naderi, Ph.D.


Dr. Leila Naderi is an award-winning entrepreneur, educator, researcher and leadership consultant. She is the founder of Global Leadership Academy at Alliant International University and Yoga for Leadership, a developmental program that integrates the principles of mind-body techniques to enhance holistic well-being as a method to maximize individual, team, and organizational performance.


Leila has over a decade of leadership and management experience in different sectors. Her international and multi-cultural background, as well as her profound understanding of leadership challenges within organizations has empowered her to implement leadership training workshops / seminars to maximize human potential as a way to improve leadership capacity. Her ground-breaking doctoral work centered on the study of the impact of leadership on leaders’ levels of authentic leadership and found that leaders who practice yoga consistently score higher on authentic leadership skill tests.

Leila co-authored a new book (The Yogi Leader: Discovering the Seven Elements of Leading with Mind, Body, & Heart) with the leadership expert, author, CEO/Founder of The Leader Mill, Dr. John J. Franey. The Yogi Leader is both a book and a developmental program that includes workshops, retreats, and resources.

Leila has been highly recognized for her leadership and dedication to the community. She has been awarded the 2018 Special Congressional Recognition, 2019 Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership at Alliant International University, and the North San Diego Business Chamber’s 2019 Leadership Award.

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