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To Become An Effective Leader, Avoid 'Leadership A...

Leadership in the corporate context remains a bit of a mystery. The quest to be an effective leader is a bit like chasing the monk's meditative state — elusive, yet perpetually desirable. There is no dearth of books trying to nail the leadership paradigm — books that are full of analogies, metaphors, quotations, case studies, and occasionally, science. For those who prefer the screen over books, there are countless TED talks, podcasts, lectures, and graduation speeches available online, offering enough 'leadership mantras' to last a lifetime. Business leaders who have 'made it', academicians, and 'leadership coaches' — all share snippets of 'leadership wisdom', urging you to step up and seize your destiny. All the inspirational talk and self-actualisation jargon can actually make acquiring leadership skills look like a forbidding goal that is hard to acquire. No surprises then, that all the inspirational talk and self-actualisation jargon can actually make acquiring leadership skills look like a forbidding goal that is hard to acquire. But, what if leadership had a much simpler narrative. To meditate effectively, one needn't master elaborate body postures. Instead, the trick lies in taking a step back and focusing on your breath — inhale, hold it for a moment, exhale. What if 'leadership' too is a simple concept at its core. So, the next time you sit through a 'leadership conference' wondering why leadership continues to evade you, I suggest you go home and look within. The demons that hamper the leader in us usually exist within ourselves.


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