A fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity Leaders tend to obstinately stick to the leadership style that brought them most success in the past, usually one of two extreme styles: functional leadership that focuses on operational excellence or smart leadership that focuses on growth. When a leader's focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom-line profitability while missing out on top-line growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly. From Smart to Wise offers a new approach that balances the two styles to achieve a form of wise leadership that is both functional and smart. Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and even Mahatma Gandhi, the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership.
* A timely and innovative approach to leadership * Written by noted speakers who conduct dozens of keynote speeches and workshops, training thousands of people annually
Prasad Kaipa, PhD, is a Silicon Valley based CEO advisor and coach. He was the founding executive director of the Centre for Leadership, Innovation, and Change at the Indian School of Business and a Richardson Fellow at the Center for Creative Leadership between 2010 and 2011. Navi Radjou is a Silicon Valley based strategy consultant, a World Economic Forum faculty member, and a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is also the coauthor of acclaimed Jugaad Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2012).
Preface ix 1 Wise Leaders Wanted 1 2 Shift Your Perspective: Connect to Your Noble Purpose 29 3 Be Aware of Your Action Orientation: Act Authentically and Appropriately 61 4 Gain Role Clarity: Lead from Any Position 85 5 Clarify Your Decision Logic: Decide with Discernment 113 6 Develop Flexible Fortitude: Know When to Hold and When to Fold 139 7 Discover Drivers of Your Motivation: Act with Enlightened Self-Interest 155 8 Cocreate a Field of Wise Leadership: Find Your Wisdom Logic 177 Notes 209 Acknowledgments 231 About the Authors 235 Index 237