Best-selling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites you to become the kind of leader most needed today: a leader with vision who can make that vision real. Chopra has been teaching leadership to CEOs and other top executives for eight years, and the path outlined in The Soul of Leadership applies to any business, but the same principles are relevant in every community and area of life, from family and home to school, place of worship, and neighborhood.
With clear, practical steps, you are led through the crucial skills outlined in the acronym L-E-A-D-E-R-S:
L = Look and Listen
E = Emotional Bonding
A = Awareness
D = Doing
E = Empowerment
R = Responsibility
S = Synchronicity
After identifying your own soul profile and the core values you want to develop, you can use these seven skills to allow your potential for greatness to emerge. The future is unfolding at this very minute, and the choice to lead it lies with each of us, here and now.
©2010 Deepak Chopra (P)2010 Random House
Overall, if you like the spiritual & Mr Chopra's other books, you will probably like this book in its vague spiritual way that I think is true of many self-help spiritual books. I like the overall message (do onto others....), but for a leadership book, I think there must be way better books out there. Seemed like in the end, the message was: be a good person, have a wonderful vision, and you will be a good leader.
I was disappointed in this book. First, I thought many of the activities could work only if the person was ALREADY the leader. I'm not, so I can't take over a meeting and lead the folks on the recommended activities. Second, I thought it lacked specific information given our global world. So maybe the audience is leaders who work with those of the same culture. I work with people from many cultures and when Mr Chopra says to listen and observe, I'm not confident in my ability to listen and observe and accurately understand the person's emotions and needs. I would have liked more specifics on how to listen and observe given our global economy.
Mr Chopra gives several long lists and other such things that I found difficult to "get" by just listening. Because I listen while doing other things, I wasn't able to pause, write down, so I could have a reference for later. My problem, not the book's. For me, this would have been better to buy in hard copy. But I can't recommend this book.
Dr Chopra writes the perfect way to just be in this book teaching in leadership. Loving who oneself is and does, demonstrates and shines through our employees.
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