Leading with Wisdom: Spiritual-based Leadership in Business

Leading with Wisdom: Spiritual-based Leadership in Business

By: Peter Pruzan (author), Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen (author), Debra Miller (with), William Miller (with)Hardback

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Many business executives are increasingly becoming workaholic human-doings, longing to be full and integrated human-beings. They aspire to live with integrity, where their thoughts, values, words and deeds are in harmony. The problem is that they don't know how to do so in a business world that is increasingly characterised by complexity, turbulence and greed. Leading with Wisdom provides food for thought for people dealing with these challenges. It contains stories and reflections of 31 inspiring and compassionate business leaders who care about what is truly important in life and who integrate this awareness and sensitivity into their leadership. Leaders who search for meaning, purpose and fulfilment both in the external world of business and in the internal world of consciousness and conscience. Leaders whose leadership is a natural expression of their hearts, minds and souls. In other words, leaders who lead from a spiritual basis. Such perspectives on leadership are not yet mainstream. Greed, prestige and power appear to still be prime motivating forces for leaders of the world's larger corporations. In spite of 25 years of globalisation, poverty is still devastatingly ubiquitous in many parts of the world. In striking contrast, the compensation packages of top leaders in business, particularly in the West, have skyrocketed, reaching levels that would have been considered impossible only a decade ago. What is clearly needed is a change in the mind-set, values and principles of our leaders, as well as of those who finance our enterprises, and of those who teach and mentor our future leaders. At the very minimum, what is needed is an expansion of the concept of 'success' so that it transcends the prevailing myopic focus on short-term financial gains. It can be argued that this rampant greed is gradually being tamed, not just by laws, but also by social and ethical norms. In the last two decades there has been an amazing and uplifting focus on such perspectives as business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability. But when leaders are questioned as to why they and their organisations should promote this new and expanded sensitivity to corporate responsibility, their 'default' answer typically is that it is profitable - an efficacious means to promote classical business ends of increasing earnings and share prices. But how and why should such an expanded concept of leadership develop? What should provide the motivation for our leaders to find their way in an increasingly complex business world by using a compass that points not only to a pot of gold, but also to a path to deeper meaning and purpose in business? This book does not provide answers in the form of proposals as to new rules or laws or moral injunctions. Rather it provides a collage of perspectives in the form of stories of highly respected and successful executives who have integrated their spiritual search into their leadership so as to be "whole" people - leaders whose thoughts, words and deeds are in harmony with their most fundamental truths and longings, both at work and in their private lives. These stories tell of an emerging culture where business becomes a primary domain for both individual and organisational spiritual growth. Leading with Wisdom: Spiritual-Based Leadership in Business portrays an emerging global culture. This ground-breaking book offers the experiences and perspectives of 31 top executives from 15 countries in 6 continents. It is based on extensive personal interviews. These are business people who express from first-hand experience what it is like to lead a business from a spiritual basis. They tell amazing, down-to-earth, real-life stories about how spirituality and rationality can go hand in hand in leadership and life. Their words of wisdom demonstrate that executives who lead from a spiritual basis can achieve success, recognition, peace of mind and happiness, while at the same time serving the needs of all those affected by their leadership. Written in an engaging style, where the special "voice" of each leader is heard, this book will be profoundly valuable to business leaders at every level and for all people who want to lead with integrity from a spiritual basis.

About Author

Dr Peter Pruzan is Professor Emeritus at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is internationally known for his work on business ethics, values-based leadership, corporate responsibility and spirituality in business. He has degrees from Princeton (BSc), Harvard (MBA), Case Western Reserve (PhD) and the University of Copenhagen (Dr Polit.). He has been the president of a successful, international business and has authored 11 books and over 100 articles in international scientific journals. Together with his wife, Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen, he spends several months each year in India, where he is guest professor at leading business schools. Leading.with.wisdom@gmail.com Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen is an eminent journalist and former newspaper editor at Berlingske Tidende, a major daily national newspaper in Denmark. As a journalist she has worked on assignments in more than 50 countries reporting on the human aspects of development politics as well as interviewing politicians, presidents, kings, spiritual masters, authors and business executives. ... together with: Debra and William Miller, residents of India and the co-founders of the USA-based Global Dharma Center, a non-sectarian, non-profit spiritual institution. Together they have dedicated their more than 50 years of combined corporate and consulting experience to inspire and empower people of all professions to live and work from a spiritual basis.


Foreword by Debra and William Miller Preface Acknowledgements Introduction: Spirituality as the Basis of Leadership Peter Pruzan and Kirsten Pruzan Mikkelsen Section 1: Love Janiece Webb, Senior Vice President, Motorola, USA Lars Kolind, former CEO, Oticon, Denmark N.S. Raghavan, Joint-founder and former Joint Managing Director, Infosys, IndiaFrancisco Canada, Director/Partner, Errepar SA, ArgentinaSection 2: Looking and Listening WithinStephen R. Covey, Co-founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey Co., USARamon Olle, President, Epson Europe BV, The NetherlandsRicardo Levy, Co-founder and Chairman, Catalytica, Inc., USAAnand Pillai, Head of Centre for Leadership and Management Excellence, HCL, IndiaAlvaro Cruz, CEO, ICM Ingenieros Ltd and Governor of Cundinamarca, ColombiaA.K. Chattopadhyay, Senior Vice President, ACC Ltd Refactories Division, IndiaSection 3: Live It and Serve!James Sinclair, Chairman, Tanzanian American Development Inc., USA/TanzaniaFlordelis F. Aguenza, COO, Plantersbank, The PhilippinesJohn Behner, former Country Manager, Nabisco, El SalvadorG. Narayana, Executive Chairman, Excel Industries, IndiaNiran Jiang, CEO, Institute of Human Excellence, AustraliaSection 4: CompassionNiels Due Jensen, Group Chairman, Grundfos Management A/S, DenmarkRajan Govindan, former Senior Managing Director, Bankers Trust, USACarol Franklin, former HR Director, Swiss Re and CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), SwitzerlandNilofer Merchant, President, Rubicon Consultants, USAS.K. Welling, Executive Director, HMT International, Ltd, IndiaSection 5: DivinityAndre L. Delbecq, Director, Institute for Spirituality and Organisational Leadership, Santa Clara University, USAAshoke Maitra, HR Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd (Times of India Group), IndiaV.V. Ranganathan, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, IndiaThomas Daugherty, Vice President of Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Methodist Health Care System, USASection 6: PurposeHelene Ploix, Chairman and Managing Director of Pechel Industries and Pechel Industries Partenaires, FranceFederico Cuneo, Chairman, American Glass Products, PeruParantha Narendran, Strategy Director, Eurotel Telecom, Czech RepublicDeependra Moitra, former General Manager Electronics, Lucent Technologies, IndiaAnanth Raman, Chairman, Graphtex, Inc., USAMagnus Vrethammar, President, Finesse, Switzerland & Pergo, UKSection 7: Balance and GraceAmber Chand, Co-founder, Eziba, USAAmber Chand, Founder, The Amber Chand Collection, USASection 8: Harvesting the WisdomEpilogue: Spiritual-Based Leadership beyond BusinessGiving Wings to the Divine Fire A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of IndiaAppendix A: Research MethodologyAppendix B: Business Topics Addressed in the Profiles

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781874719595
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 352
  • ID: 9781874719595
  • weight: 686
  • ISBN10: 1874719594

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