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Those of us familiar with India’s ancient book of wisdom, the Bhagavad Gita, tend to roll our eyes when we see yet another translation of it published or yet another commentary, especially one about ‘the Gita on Leadership’. But with Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, I am not just happily surprised, but frankly amazed to see how deftly Ace Simpson has brought forth the Gita’s wisdom to illuminate the very depths of what it means to be and to act as a leader in all spheres of one’s life, bringing real benefit
Dr Simpson’s mastery in the field of leadership through his PhD and academic career, and his deep understanding of the great spiritual text the Bhagavad Gita, which has been his guiding light since childhood, render him uniquely qualified to make this marvellous contribution: Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita. He provides apt translations of all verses from the Bhagavad Gita, which he elegantly arranges in a thematic fashion and shares his sagacious reflections, which are deeply profound.
The Bhagavad Gita, which is a small part of the Mahabharata, is predominately considered to be a spiritual, religious and philosophical text for many followers of Sanatana Dharma. But an in-depth research of the Bhagavad Gita reveals that its message is universal and also applicable in organizational management and leadership. The great effort made by Dr Ace Simpson in presenting Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita will not only be useful for Indian business leaders, but will provide the psychological and philosophical insights for Western business leaders too.
Dr Ace Simpson’s well-structured thesis on sustainable, empowered leadership from the perspective of the Bhagavad Gita achieves the impressive task of combining the Gita’s penetrating life wisdom with an experienced voice on organizational behaviour. The result is a timeless and yet timely blueprint for evolved human conduct. Simpson’s translation of the Gita is complemented by a collection of reflections that balance deep philosophical insights with a pragmatic and achievable model for a new era of higher-minded leadership.
Good leadership is essential in all aspects of life. Drawing from the ancient wisdom of India’s pre-eminent scriptural text, the 5,000-yearold Bhagavad Gita, Ace Simpson shares with us knowledge that can inspire today’s leaders to fulfil their responsibilities in working with those under their command. Along with practical advice that made successful leaders through the ages, Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita stresses leadership combined with empathy and compassion. After all, a leader’s greatest asset is the men and women under his or her command.
Leadership requires a clear moral compass and a compelling vision which others can follow. This dazzling book might offer a way to remedy the sad lack of both today. It lucidly spells out practical lessons for today’s leaders by mining the profound wisdom of the Baghavad Gita in a new way. The ‘linked-leadership model’ prescribes ways to build effective relationships by wise leaders who have learned a level of self-awareness in order to succeed.
Approaches to organizational sustainability are often biased towards the environmental component, while the human social one is neglected. What we need is a balanced perspective that puts both human beings and (the other elements of) nature at the core of organizational (and societal) sustainability. Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita is a highly valuable contribution to understand how virtuous leaders may be crucial agents in pursuing such an endeavour. Ace Simpson helps us to understand how leaders may manage themselves and others in the pursuit of a more meaningful life.
The most comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of the Bhagavad Gita. The book provides its readers with a unique and effective approach to the important issues facing leaders today. Every leader or future leader should read this book.
Dr Ace Simpson’s book Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita takes ancient wisdom from a sacred text and interprets it for contemporary life and society. It challenges any notions of leadership we may have as a position of authority to instead consider it as an invitation to commit ourselves to service, excellence and virtuous character. What is unique in his approach is the herculean effort of translating and interpreting all 700 verses and 18 chapters of the Bhagavad Gita.
Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita is an important book, full of wisdom and the artful juxtaposition of spirituality and business leadership. Using the Bhagavad Gita as the template, the leadership principles unfold as Gita’s eternal wisdom is translated into useful guidance for leadership of all kinds. This is a book that will enrich a reader’s soul as well as any organization looking to move forward from an authentic and centred place.
“The inferred implications are summarized into an amazingly practical four-part model, readily applicable in the contemporary organisational context.
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