Bestselling 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.
For Chopra, whether one owns a company or coaches Little League, good leadership comes from the soul. The author's prominence as a contemporary spiritual teacher would not be possible without business savvy, making him uniquely qualified to address how the sacred can thrive in the secular realm of commerce and management. With exercises in meditation, soul profiles, and group consciousness building, readers are taught to locate and then lead from the soul. It is leading from the soul that is the mark of a "successful visionary," Chopra writes, someone who "makes his or her vision manifest in the world." Chopra's approach is both calm and challenging, particularly when exploring the seductive nature of power and its potential for misuse. Compassionate managers, the author maintains, must move from the needs of the ego to the needs of the group. This volume teaches that influential world figures don't have a monopoly on vision, and anyone can improve the lives of others by merging self-awareness and compassion. In the business of making positive contributions, it is possible to "lead and serve at the same time." (Dec.)