In today's complex and uncertain world, a leader's greatest asset is not what's in their head, but what lies within them that guides what's in their head.
To cultivate this humanity, leaders need not just a new narrative — a new vision — but also a different set of teachers who can help them confront and resolve in new ways the dilemmas and quandaries they face.
In his new book, Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems, author Gaurav Bhalla turns to these new and different teachers — immortal poems. Using the timeless wisdom of Shakespeare, Whitman, Dickinson and many others, Bhalla showcases critical leadership lessons that transcend time and space, such as the perils of an over-inflated ego; the importance of authenticity, trust and substance; the significance of perseverance; and the value of doubting — of not being too sure — all of which are vital for meaningful leadership in the complex 21st century and critical components of what Bhalla calls Soulful Leadership™.
The takeaway? Successful leadership is less about executive brilliance and more about humanity — who leaders are, what they stand for, what they are willing to fight for and what they are willing to walk away from.
Through a selection of essays, the book also draws attention to the important issue that all leadership decisions ultimately require sacrificing something or someone, including planetary resources. Managing these sacrifices in a way that increases the wellbeing and prosperity of the greatest many is visionary. It's also the hallmark of Soulful Leadership™, which today's world greatly needs. This is the new visionary leadership manifesto for the 21st century.
Author Gaurav Bhalla holds a Ph.D. in marketing and strategy from the University of Kansas and is a globally acclaimed educator, speaker and consultant. As the CEO of Knowledge Kinetics, Bhalla is committed to helping organizations develop visionary leaders and practice customer-first thinking.
He is also the author of Collaboration and Co-Creation: New Platforms for Marketing and Innovation (2010), the much-acclaimed Harvard Business Review article, "Rethinking Marketing,” and a historical-fiction novel, The Curse and the Cup (2014).
Bhalla asserts that "The head may be smart, but the soul is smarter and wise,” and works every day to advance his core philosophy that a person's humanity is a more enduring asset than his or her executive brilliance.
Note: For more information, please visit www.soulfulleadership.world/.