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Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita

Book Description

The timeless leadership wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita explained

Although it was written well over two thousand years ago, the Bhagavad Gita ("Song of God"), a revered Hindu religious text, contains an immense wealth of ageless wisdom that speaks directly to the needs of today's business leaders. Timeless Leadership takes this unlikely resource and teases out important lessons on 18 aspects of leadership, from commercial vision to motivation, decision-making, and planning.

Looking in detail at what the Gita has to say about these and other issues of interest to business professionals, Timeless Leadership focuses on one central point: that once the basic thought process of man is improved, the quality of his actions will improve as well, leading to better results.

  • Uses an ancient religious text to highlight and explain key Western management concepts

  • Explores the leadership ideas in the Bhagavad Gita and helps managers and leaders apply them to modern business life

  • Weaves together the threads of wisdom from the Gita to shed light on issues and challenges for leaders at all levels

Covering teachings and ideas that have only got better with time, Timeless Leadership adapts the wisdom of millennia past for today's business leaders.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Dedication
  6. A Note about the Text
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Introduction: The Context of the Gita
  9. Sutra 1: The Warrior’s Journey
    1. All Wars Are First Fought in the Mind
    2. The Mind is a Mob
    3. The Ego is a Disposable Idea
    4. Leaders Embrace Discontinuity by Dispossessing the Ego
    5. The Secret of Invincibility: The Conquest of the Binary Mind
    6. Self is the Cause; Self is the Effect
    7. Hunting for the I
  10. Sutra 2: Invincible Wisdom
    1. Grief, Pity, and Shame: The Mind’s GPS System
    2. Creating Alternative Reality
    3. Motivation and the Monkey Mind
    4. The Leader’s Inspiration Comes from Unselfish Work
    5. Unselfish Work Leads to Evenness of Mind
    6. Applying Invincible Wisdom: Powered by the Intellect and Driven by Unselfishness
  11. Sutra 3: Karma Yoga
    1. Arjuna’s Dilemma: The Warrior as Worrier
    2. Work and Its Secret: Action, Inaction, and Effortless Action
    3. Karma Yoga: Work as Worship
    4. The Yajna Spirit: Discovering the Timeless Cycle of Work
    5. Swadharma: The Case for Righteous Action
    6. Work as a Means of Realizing Who We Are
  12. Sutra 4: Timeless Leaders Pursue Purpose as the Source of Supreme Power
    1. Rajarshi: The Leader as Sage
    2. The Many Faces of the Supreme Power
    3. Twenty-Four-Hour Leadership
    4. The Return of the Rishi
  13. Sutra 5: Leadership is the Art of Undoing
    1. How Anchors of the Past Hinder Performance
    2. The Art of Detached Involvement
    3. Evolving to the Equality of Vision
    4. The Art of Undoing
  14. Sutra 6: Leaders Are Masters of Their Minds
    1. Separating the Self Image from the Real Self
    2. Mastery of the Mind
    3. Disciplines of Mastery: Concentration, Detachment, and Transcendence
    4. The Power of Stillness
  15. Sutra 7: Leaders Are Integrators
    1. Context
    2. Arjuna’s Journey from Ignorance to Wisdom
    3. Timeless Leaders Integrate People and Processes
    4. The Leader’s World: A Reflection of Unmanifest Dharma
    5. From Ego-Centered to Spirit-Centered Leadership
    6. Leaders Liberate Themselves and Others from Suffering
  16. Sutra 8: Timeless Leadership
    1. Timeless Leaders Explore the Ultimate Meaning of Life
    2. The Multidimensional Meaning of Life
    3. Creation is Sacrificing the Smaller for the Sake of the Greater
    4. The Real Meaning of Life is Contained in Life Itself
    5. Meaningful Work: A Synthesis of Reflection and Action
  17. Sutra 9: The Sovereign Secret
    1. Sovereign Self and the Path of Unity
    2. The Governance of the Ego: The Path of Disintegration
    3. Self-Organization: When Organization Becomes Community
    4. The Law of Giving: Being and Becoming
  18. Sutra 10: Leadership is an Adventure of Consciousness
    1. Leading Consciously
    2. Silence: The Language of Timeless Leadership
    3. The Dynamism of Indivisibility
    4. The Pursuit of Excellence
  19. Sutra 11: Timeless Leaders Have Integral Vision
    1. Integral Vision
    2. Sight and Insight
    3. The Pangs of Plurality
    4. The Leader as Servant: Being an Instrument of the Whole
  20. Sutra 12: Love is the Leader’s Essence; Love is the Leader’s Presence
    1. Leadership is Love Made Visible
    2. Devotion: The Art and Practice of Leadership
    3. Attributes of the Leader as Devotee
  21. Sutra 13: Leaders Command Their Field with the Eye of Wisdom
    1. The Leader as a Knower in the Field of Knowledge
    2. The Dimensions of the Field and the Knower of the Field
    3. Seeing with the Eye of Wisdom
  22. Sutra 14: Leaders Harness the Dynamic Forces of Nature
    1. Nature’s Manuscript: The Three Forces
    2. How Leaders Harness the Three Forces of Nature
    3. Transcending the Dynamics of Nature
  23. Sutra 15: Timeless Leaders Discover Their Invisible Source
    1. The Tree of Life
    2. The Invisible Leader
    3. From the Perishable to the Imperishable: Quest for the Supreme Self
  24. Sutra 16: Leaders Negotiate the Crossroads
    1. The Crossroads of Leadership: The Divine and the Devilish
    2. Toxic Leadership
    3. The Return Journey
  25. Sutra 17: Leaders Follow Their Faith
    1. Faith: The Deep Structure of Leadership
    2. Three Kinds of Faith
    3. The Art and Science of Self-Giving
  26. Sutra 18: Leadership is Transcendence
    1. The Source and Resource
    2. The Algebra of Attachment
    3. Renunciation and Regeneration of the Leader
    4. The Path of Transcendence
    5. The Unity of Two Wills: The Fighter and the Warrior
  27. Conclusion
  28. References
  29. About the Author
  30. Index