From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom

From Smart to Wise: Acting and Leading with Wisdom

by Prasad Kaipa, Navi Radjou

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Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118296202
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/18/2013
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 963,194
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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).

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Table of Contents

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

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