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The Indian Boss is a must-read for global leaders of all types—in all industries, private and public sector and geographies! It provides an important reminder about contextual leadership—understanding in this case, the uniqueness of India as nation, its leaders and individuals as part of a ‘global leadership playbook’. It’s also a reminder of the opposite: the power of Indian leadership on a global stage.
I highly recommend this book to build, enrich and refine one’s understanding of Indian leadership and recognize that which is uniquely Indian that will separate the winners from the rest in an increasingly VUCA world.
An ancient culture awakens and is beginning to find its voice in today’s world. Steve provides a comprehensive insight of ‘Indian-ness’ and the psyche of the Indian leader. A must-read for all young people who wish to be future leaders.
Steve reveals an indigenous Indian orientation that is in contrast to conventional notions of leadership. Its principles are universal, relevant and timely to the issues we face today. He goes beyond gender, bringing insight to what it means to be a self-leader. This book is a bridge to the two worlds of the East and the West and argues that the twain must meet.
An exceptional narrative, one of its kind, that deals with the Indian cultural context influencing leadership. Steve delves deep into the recesses of Indian-ness, combining research insights and his own experience to reveal the Indian leaders’ distinctiveness. This book is a must-read for students, practitioners and those who truly wish to leverage on Indian leadership. Insightful and reflective, it invites the reader to explore within deeply.
This book is on a very relevant topic: Who we are impacts how we are as leaders and professionals. Indian-ness is inherent to who we are and understanding how that impacts us can make us more self-aware and effective. Steve has bought his vast experience and considerable research to bear on this subject and every aspiring Indian leader must read this book.
Brilliantly argued, the book captures the essence of ‘Indian-ness’ and uses it as a lens to analyse the complex Indian leadership ethos. Lucidly written to engage with the reader, Steve draws over his Indian and global experiences in the corporate world, significant insights from Indian leaders and deeply mined research data. The book is a fount of wisdom. A recommended and very refreshing read for every aspiring leader who strives to excel.
Steve and I were colleagues while the brand Hutch was being given a body and a soul. Going through the chapters reminded me of our free-flowing conversations, during smoke breaks, near the rear gate. While the context of the 10-minute chats was linked to the business, the content travelled across space, time and beliefs. One line in the book, ‘What is the right thing to do, depends on circumstances. There is no absolute yardstick,’ summarized it all for me.
Steve and I go back years starting from Unilever, later Diageo. His book reminds me of the innumerable conversations we have had on business and life. Steve is an enthralling communicator, gifted to see beyond the obvious. A valuable and timely piece of work, for both Indian readers and those fascinated with India.
This book is an honest, insightful and nuanced look at the Indian leader drawing on deep understanding of India’s cultural DNA, but also the author’s multifaceted experience in local and international companies. Steve sets out a vision for Indian leaders that should inspire us all.
I have known and worked with Steve for over two decades. Ever willing to learn outside his comfort zone, he takes risks in embracing new paradigms and in applying them.
This book balances what Steve has gained from his lived experience and his extensive reading and research. He surprises you with ‘newer ways’ of looking at Indian bosses. He is never complacent, always curious and brutally honest about himself. Recognizing the reader will finally want to know ‘How can I use all this to be effective?’, he builds it in with relevant examples and suggestions.
Steve has attempted to describe Indian-ness (not an easy task) while drawing extensively on psychologists’ work on India. The book’s strength lies in emphasizing the role of context in understanding individuals and societies. His rich MNC and Indian company experience allows him to nuance the context. A good read on how Indian leaders struggle with dilemmas and paradoxes that makes us distinctive.
Steve, not quite the quintessential chief human resources officer, is impishly curious and an indefatigable provocateur, belying an astute student of executive behaviour. This well-researched, articulate and seminal body of work is littered with lucid anecdotes and deep insights, underlining his rich and varied global experience across blue-chip MNCs and Indian business houses. His grasp of the nuanced styles and cultural influences that define contemporary Indian leadership is truly absorbing!
India will be the third largest economy by 2030 and Indian managers will work across the world. This book will give you a deep view of the Indian manager and how he thinks, how he works and what makes him who he is. Steve has written on a relevant topic for India and the world.
I know Steve since his days in Vodafone. With his wide exposure to multiple companies, association with multiple leaders and operating styles, his observations are invaluable—a truly remarkable book on leadership. The choice of spotlight leaders is appropriate and insightful. His observations on desh and kaal strike a personal chord and I can easily relate to success stories of Sundar Pichai, Indra Nooyi and others.
Among the plethora of books on Indian leaders and their management style, Steve Correa’s book stands out as a refreshing analysis based on extensive research yet presented candidly in a free-flowing conversational style narration. The width of research, carefully acknowledged, lends credence to his assessment of Indian psyche. This book will be of immense significance to experienced professionals as well as emerging leaders.
Steve offers a compelling narrative combining stories from workplace and mythology, research and voices of diverse industry stalwarts to shine the light on Indian-ness and the Indian leader. Just when you know where you are headed, he does the unexpected and opens up a new vista of thought and self-reflection. Brilliantly written, it is a must read for all practitioners, prospective leaders and those curious about the Indian emergence.
Steve has surpassed himself in his maiden book. This masterful and honest narrative captures the core of an Indian leader. Steve has treated the subject with a unique blend of research, spotlights, his own reflective experience and has skilfully used reflexivity to present a compelling drama of how Indian leaders think, feel and act. Highly recommended.
“Deeply reflective, probing and questioning… It is packed with anecdotes and interviews and case studies so that you can co-relate the concepts and opinions put forth.”
“A deeply researched book with ample data, the book is a fountainhead of business wisdom…The Indian Boss At Work is a must-read for leaders of all categories — industries, private and public sector.”