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Leadership Lessons from the Military

Leadership Lessons from the Military

First Edition

September 2015 | 200 pages | SAGE Response

In today’s day and age, people effortlessly equate the business environment to a battlefield, and rightly so! In many ways, business is a battle of strategies, tactics, wits, and character. This is where business leaders are like military leaders—they all fight for dominance and profit.

It is well known that there are several components of military training that can be vital in the corporate domain. There are numerous lessons that corporate managers can learn from military on motivation, team building, goal orientation, and organizational culture.

Leadership Lessons from the Military articulates what lessons from military leadership can be applied to the business context and how to go about it. The book shows how executives can leverage time-tested military practices to create lasting competitive advantage.  Business leaders can learn how military leaders tie individual goals with the organizational goals, resulting in a highly motivated and committed workforce, which, in turn, augments organizational efficiency and enhances employee productivity and retention.

Foreword Lt General (Retd.) Sanjeev Anand
Lessons of Leadership
Building Teams: Creating a Person–Organization Fit
Workforce Motivation
Organizational Climate and Culture: Creating a Climate of Trust
Developing SOPs: Strategies and Tactics
Work–Life Balance
Organizational Pride and Unity

“This is a smart and candid book that offers excellent learning from military setting that can translate into the corporate setting. Professor Sharma demonstrates, through examples and memorable stories of military experiences, how to build careers in the corporate world.”

Lieutenant General (Retd.) Dr Rajesh Kochhar, AVSM and Bar, SM, VSM
Director, Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education, OP Jindal Global University

“Professor Sharma has very succinctly brought together a compilation of valuable military practices which offer a very good approach to today’s competitive business environment. The book is also very relevant for those who desire to pursue post-army careers in the corporate world.”

Major General (Retd.) T.S. Handa, SM
Head, Zydus Hospital, Anand

“An excellent book on how principles of military leadership and ethics can apply to the corporate world. This book is profoundly researched, insightful, and very interesting.”

Sunil Omanwar
Head, Talent Management, Tata Teleservices Ltd

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