ISBN 9789384898021,The Essence of Leadership

The Essence of Leadership

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S. Manikutty

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ISBN 9789384898021
Publisher

Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication Year 2015
ISBN-13

ISBN 9789384898021

ISBN-10 9384898023
Binding

Hardback

Number of Pages 339 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

Leadership

Understanding leadership is really about understanding life, and this starts with gaining an understanding of the self. Traditional management approaches, based on ‘scientific’ analysis, cannot contribute much towards understanding leadership. This book shows how leadership can be better understood by reading and interpreting masterpieces of world literature, and relating them to leadership issues. The book starts with Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote, whose main character asserts, ‘I know who I am’, and believes in himself. This is followed by other works to highlight important issues: ambition and purpose in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, faith vs. reason in Bertolt Brecht’s The Life of Galileo, awakening the human spirit in Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan, authenticity in Girish Karnad’s Tughlaq, and the old Sanskrit play Mudra Rakshasa by Visakhadatta, leaders and society in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, the role of illusions in Ibsen’s The Wild Duck, taking a stand in A Dolls’ House, the epic Mahabharata for development of perspective, and Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha for understanding the process of self­development and realisation of one’s potential. Based on the experience of the authors teaching a course on leadership for the last 20 years at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, this is an enlightening and illuminating read for both academicians and corporate leaders.

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