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Be a leader not a boss

In his new book ‘Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders’, Rajeev Peshawaria outlines what it takes to be an outstanding leader.

In his new book ‘Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders’, Rajeev Peshawaria outlines what it takes to be an outstanding leader.

Rajeev Peshawaria believes the biggest void in business is a lack of inspiring leaders – those who can lead the way out of the economic downturn towards a more productive future. Peshawaria believes a true leader is a person who not only runs a company but creates a cadre of supporters who understand the company’s goals and missions and work to embody them every day. 

“Leadership,” he writes, “can neither be learned in a classroom, nor automatically acquired by accepting a big title or position of authority. Leadership needs to be discovered, and there is no shortcut to the discovery process.”

Peshawaria’s book outlines this discovery process, providing steps for the creation of a leader who can tap into unlimited emotional energy, align the energy of a powerful few and galvanize the energy of the masses to create sustainable success.

He gives the following explanation of what it takes to be an inspirational leader:

  • Knowing your purpose and your values, and having the courage to act according to them
  • The ability to process and understand grief, sorrow and failure
  • The ability to forgive
  • The ability to build deep bonds with people
  • The ability to shift from “I” to “we” – willingness to stop creating results yourself, and start creating conditions where others can create great results: this also involves willingness to work hard without worrying about who will get the credit

Rajeev Peshawaria is CEO of the International Centre for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF) and former chief learning officer at Morgan Stanley, where he founded the Morgan Stanley University.

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