Author: Awdhesh Singh
The hidden truths of leadership bitter or sweet revealed like never before!
Great leaders are like icebergs. They conceal more than they reveal. Indeed, mystery, and the art of retaining it, is integral to leadership. Leadership, then, is more an art than a science. It is not a reality that you can touch, feel and measure, but an illusion that is created by many tricks, which you should be able to learn and practise in a way that others are not able to grasp.
The Secret Red Book of Leadership synthesizes the Machiavellian politics, wisdom of Chanakya and the modern principles of management to develop some fundamental principles of leadership, which keeps you ahead and ensures success in your life.
This book, written by a serving officer of Government, is an eye-opener for anybody who aspires to be a leader, at whatever level nation, community or a small social group; and in whatever sphere business, politics or administration.
The book has a very practical approach to leadership. Instead of the lofty leadership theories, the book gives us practical examples and the means with which we can understand the role of leadership as well as the how a person can sculpt themselves into being leaders.
In order to understand the concept of leadership in a much better way, we see that the book has been divided into six separate sections:
The First Section deals with the need of leadership. Why do we need leaders? What is the relationship between the leader and the follower.
The Second Section deals with the dilemma of Leaders. How do leaders balance the work, do end justify the means? What is the importance of ethics in leadership?
The Third Section deals with the necessary evils of leaders. With great power comes great responsibility, and each leader deals with the power in their own ways.
The fourth Section is the facade of a leader. It shows how a person should brand themselves in order to be perceived as a leader.
The fifth section deals with the leadership development and the last part deals with practicing leadership.
The book has powerful ideas illustrated in a simple language, and is an interesting read for leaders as well as those who aspire to be leaders.
(I thank the author, Awdhesh Singh for sending me a copy for this book)