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Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita
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Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita

First Edition
  • Ace Simpson - Brunel Business School, Brunel University London


February 2020 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

For professionals navigating negative corporate karmas, Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita offers a way forward for overcoming self-defeating habits and managing the mind’s negative chatter that is often the main obstacle to effective leadership. By promoting a leadership approach of caring for followers, stakeholders and future generations, the book offers hope for harmonious workplace relations and a protected environment. Based on leadership by inspiration as opposed to leadership by control, Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita provides an alternative to conventional leadership. Particularly, in the times we live, where there is a crisis of faith in leadership, the insights from this book presents a vision of linked-leadership—leaders who are linked through loving-connection or bhakti-yoga with themselves (through self-knowledge), with other beings, with nature and with the supreme source. As exemplified by Krishna taking over the reins of Arjuna’s chariot, the crux of this book is leadership, not as a title or position, but as a commitment to service, excellence and virtuous character that motivates and inspires others to pursue the same. The unique insights from this book will help you make sense of different personality types to motivate others according to their natures and inclinations, which will support you in forming effective teams and creating a harmonious and prosperous organizational culture. In short, this book challenges and equips leaders to step up and cultivate unity and diversity, and achieve sustainable wellbeing and happiness in their organizations.


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
 
SELF-LEADERSHIP AND SERVANT-LEADERSHIP
 
Leadership Values in Conflict
 
Self-Awareness in Leadership
 
Work as Yoga
 
Timeless Leadership
 
Leadership Towards Freedom
 
Meditation and Leadership
 
HIGHER PURPOSE
 
Leadership as the Yoga of Love
 
Leadership and the Supreme Position
 
Confidential Knowledge
 
Leadership and Infinite Divinity
 
Seeing the Integrated Whole
 
Devotional Leadership
 
HOLISTIC SYSTEMS
 
The Leader as the Knower of the Field
 
Transcendent Leadership
 
Leadership as Higher Consciousness
 
Divine and Demoniac Dispositions
 
Three Leadership Styles
 
Concluding Leadership Lessons
 
Afterword: The Linked-Leadership Model
 
Bibliography

Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita is an important book, full of wisdom and the artful juxtaposition of spirituality and business leadership. Using the Bhagavad Gita as the template, the leadership principles unfold as Gita’s eternal wisdom is translated into useful guidance for leadership of all kinds. This is a book that will enrich a reader’s soul as well as any organization looking to move forward from an authentic and centred place.

Frederic Luskin,
Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project; Author of Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness

“The inferred implications are summarized into an amazingly practical four-part model, readily applicable in the contemporary organisational context. The model presents a rich array of practical tools for achieving personal victory, through self- leadership, that lays the foundation for the public victory interpersonal leadership, which supports holistic, organizational practices… Anyone looking for leadership insights that offer hope for harmonious human relations, a protected environment and satisfied leaders who care about their followers, their stakeholders and future generations, will find this book present a refreshing alternative to business as usual.”

Director Today, November 2019
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