Living Legends Learning Lessons
Rs. 595
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Genres: Business & Economics, Strategy & Management
Publisher: Westland Publishers
Publication Year: 2015
ASIN: B0126YWLZO
ISBN: 9789385152481
Leadership is a difficult subject to write on. There is no formula or a set of specified skills that makes a good leader. Leadership is not something that one is born with. It is a multitude of many traits and one can never stop learning how to be a better leader. This is a business book that profiles ten path breaking leaders from the world of business, government, spirituality and academia. This book goes up, close and personal with these leaders and makes them relatable to the common man. I was commissioned by Dr. Bala to write this book and bring to life his insights and experiences with these legends.
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Leadership is a difficult subject to write on. There is no formula or a set of specified skills that makes a good leader. Leadership is not something that one is born with. It is a multitude of many traits and one can never stop learning how to be a better leader. Living Legends, Learning Lessons profiles ten path-breaking leaders from the world of business, government, spirituality and academia. The book captures their life story and also offers the reader a generous glimpse of their personal side. To know the ‘person’ behind the name is a rare privilege and this book goes up, close and personal with these leaders and makes them relatable to the common man. As Keki Dadiseth notes in his Foreword, “Many of the insights that Bala mentions in this book are ones that are essential for a successful leader. The qualities of ‘sense of purpose’, ‘foresight’, ‘spirit of innovation’ are indispensable for leaders in today’s highly competitive and fast paced business landscape. At the same time, I also recognize the importance of traits like ‘acting on impulse’ and ‘apprehension of failure’ while these may seem counter intuitive to some. Each leader’s story is unique, just as their personalities. Each story has an interesting set of insights and ones that will resonate when you interact with leaders in your daily life and prepare yourself for leadership.”Living Legends, Learning Lessons is at one level a book about leadership. In equal measure, it is also a book about taking adversity head-on and emerging triumphant. Each one of these stories is a life-lesson in itself. Truly an enriching read!

Praise for the book:

  • “…(the book) takes us into the other world of ten distinct persons – by dwelling on real-life incidents with a special focus on people, events and circumstances that contribute to their individual genres of leadership.” Ram Charan, Global management expert and highly sought boardroom & CEO advisor
  • “I am sure their (the living legends’) lives and experiences will inspire and fortify the reader.” Rahul Bajaj, Chairman, Bajaj Group
  • “…(the book) is an absorbing anthology of ten very eminent business leaders…it provides for an informative reading on the different styles of leadership…I recommend this book to all those interested in understanding the art of leadership.” Venu Srinivasan, Chairman, TVS Motor Company
  • “What was that special ingredient that they all had in common? Or is each person’s formula for success different? Read this book to find out.” Ajit Balakrishnan, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Rediff.com
  • “This book is a must for students in Management Science disciplines and all of us who are practising managers.” F C Kohli, Former Deputy Chairman, Tata Consultancy Services
  • “What makes you a legend? You will find answers in this book…” Y V Reddy, Former Governor, RBI
  • “There is a lesson for every challenge a leader faces in the pages of this book…” Lakshmi Narayanan, Vice Chairman, Cognizant
  • “This is an insightful book on leadership that brings out lessons pertinent to each one of us. The book covers a mix of leaders with varied backgrounds, exposures and challenges.” Ajay G Piramal, Chairman, Piramal Group
  • “Highly recommended.” Dipak C Jain, Former Dean, Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD
  • Reviews by publications like The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Mint, DNA India and others
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