Julie Rosenberg, MD
Julie Rosenberg, MD
Why Wellness and Effective Leadership Is So Important to Julie Rosenberg, M.D.
I wanted to be a physician as far back as I can remember. As a child, I was deeply curious. I asked questions relentlessly. At a young age, I wondered about the workings of the body and mind. My maternal grandparents both died of chronic illnesses by the time I was 6, and I began to wonder about the impact of serious disease on our lives. I was fortunate to be focused and disciplined through the years of my formal education. I knew that I wanted a career in which I could be of service to people and chose medicine. After graduating from medical school at 24, I began a residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology. I found nothing more rewarding than working with children with cancer and their families. After my fellowship, I joined the staff at a major university where I was one of the youngest faculty members. The work was challenging but very fulfilling; I felt privileged during my six-year tenure to have the capability and capacity to serve children with life-threatening diseases, as well as to engage in research and medical student education. As time went on, I realized that I wanted more opportunity for public interface and leadership in medicine. I did not feel particularly well-equipped to take on a broader leadership role, so I returned to the university to develop management skills and then gradually transitioned my career to drug development in the pharmaceutical industry. I have held positions of increasing responsibility at four major companies. This led me to where I am today – I oversee large global drug development programs in service to patients with cancer. My teams are diverse and my programs wide-ranging, with broad international reach, including to under-served nations. What I have found in the past 12 years of corporate service is that there is nothing more critical to my success than effective leadership. The need for outstanding leadership skills among corporate executives far supersedes content expertise. While I always believed in my skills and talent, I somehow thought that I would be an effective leader because I had these aspects of professional life mastered. I was totally wrong. I learned through failure, hard work, and lots of introspection that effective leadership is not intuitive. It requires significant study and practice. I currently spend about 15- 20% of my work day focused on leadership: discussion, active listening, coaching, mentoring, team-building, introspection, self-reflection and more. I have been practicing yoga for over sixteen years, am certified as an instructor, and have taught yoga since 2012, primarily “beyond the mat.” What does that mean? I help people to apply the practice and philosophy of yoga to their daily lives to enhance health and wellness and to develop personal leadership skills. I’ve found a remarkable intersection between the foundational principles and practice of yoga and highly effective leadership. I am passionate about sharing my work with others to help them live a life of wellness and support them in their journey as leaders. My first book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga (Da Capo Press; Hachette Book Group) was written with these goals in mind. I hope my book will inspire you to embrace a path of healthy living and leading that brings you joy!