If you have not reset your password since 2017, please use the 'forgot password' link below to reset your password and access your SAGE online account.
The book The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light has shed new light on management style and leadership.
The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light is a great book to be read by all those desirous of becoming virtuous leaders. It is a unique work in that it deals with the contours of both toxic and virtuous leaders. It powerfully highlights the road map which can enable toxic leaders to move towards virtuous leadership. Most importantly this book emphasizes the role of holistic leadership to become a virtuous leader and this can only be achieved by encompassing all the core elements—physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual—of leadership.
The master thought leader Dr Pritam Singh and his co-authors Dr Asha Bhandarker and Dr Snigdha Rai have brought out a unique work that provides a beacon to leaders in all walks of life, on how to move from unconscious conspiracy and lead consciously, governing with conscience and deep empathy for humanity. In my opinion, the book rightly emphasizes the key role of spirituality to become a virtuous leader. The book has been written in a captivating style and brings out various nuances of toxic and virtuous leadership. A must read for leaders and leaders to be, today and tomorrow.
This is a perfectly timed book to help the world community to address the existing global leadership crisis. The authors have beautifully blended their intellectual depth and rich experience in this work and have provided a simple ‘tool kit’ for us to identify and develop virtuous leaders.
This book synthesizes research with narrative about real leaders. The authors have, for the first time in published literature, boldly profiled the dark characteristics of leaders. The toxic characteristics of leaders are vividly narrated for all of us to take serious note of. They have co-held this very well with the virtuous characteristics of leaders. They have chosen to distil both the dark and illuminating characteristics distinctively, as the dominant characteristics in their many protagonists.
In the contemporary world, all institutions—whether political, social or economic—are plagued by the severe crisis of leadership. There is a preponderance of toxic leaders over virtuous leaders. In this perspective, the book, The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light, is a landmark contribution. It deals with both the toxic and virtuous leadership phenomena which reside within us all, albeit in varying degrees. The challenge according to the authors lies in conquering the toxicity in us by increasing the power of virtuousness that lies within.
This book is a significant contribution to understanding the crisis of leadership in the contemporary world and the need for spiritual and ethical values; it then highlights what needs to be done to restore the confidence in our leaders in the corporate world.
In the ‘New Normal’ characterized by a perennial VUCA gale and countervailing pushback by stakeholders, organizations need to show sustained outperformance while simultaneously showing extreme care for all stakeholders. This is not possible unless leaders combine competence with values and purpose, and the real source of such leadership is the deep inner space, the mother font from which everything else emanates.
Those who are not connected with their true inner self are unlikely to be successful transformational leaders in the Brave New World.
Pritam Singh and Asha Bhandarker have done it again. This time, with the contribution of Snigdha Rai, they have written an excellent management book on a very important and highly sensitive subject: toxic versus virtuous leadership. On one hand, toxic leadership is a major source for the dismal picture in many businesses, as well as of the corruption and inequity in the world today.
The potential of an organization is often limited by its leaders; which is why we need great leaders but the unfortunate reality is that they are in short supply. This book is a very timely and important piece of work because it identifies profiles of toxic and virtuous leaders and provides a roadmap for becoming a virtuous leader.
It is not only the rich quantitative and qualitative empirical work that makes this book valuable but also the message—it brings the often unconscious toxic side of leadership to the awareness of managers, and it encourages and inspires them to discover the strengths of virtuous leadership. Great leaders in business are important for the organizations they serve as well as for society at large.
In the plethora of leadership literature, the book The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light ‘stands out’ in the real sense of the term. This work brings out some of the undesirable realities of contemporary organizations. Dr Singh and his co-authors have been able to conclusively establish that when ‘Aham’ (self-centricity) becomes larger than ‘Om’ (entirety), the consequences can be disastrous for individuals and organizations.
This work goes to the soul of what it means to lead. The authors explore the landscape and mindscape of leadership with sharp empirical lenses. The research architecture used to write this book is transparently shared. This book is genuinely evidence based. The research sample includes a constellation of international executives, Indian public sector executives and Indian private sector executives. One of the key elements of this book is the identification of toxic leadership that results in demise and disintegration of institutions. This work is not eulogistic.
A wonderfully crafted book which takes us through the journey of true leadership, from darkness to light, from toxicity to virtuousness— in public service as well as in business. Theory and empirical research are here woven into an extraordinarily persuasive argument which should help academics to teach, students to learn, as well as inspire practitioners worldwide to lead collaborators at all levels.
This is a unique and distinctive book on leadership; in its selfactualization and transformation approach, use of nuggets from Indian and Western philosophical thoughts (purpose of life, values, beliefs and attitudes), and in its detailed research of measurable behaviour of successful as well as not so successful contemporary business leaders. The detailed case studies and analysis of positive and negative experiences are fascinating and absorbing. The overall objective and theme is to discover oneself and then move from toxicity to virtuousness in leadership.
Leaders, in any walk of life, need a visionary purpose, personal optimism, boundless energy, innate ability and the courage to execute dreams. The Leadership Odyssey, the book authored by Drs Singh, Bhandarker and Rai, aptly captures the need to move leadership from a toxic to a virtuous trajectory, providing examples rooted in Indian mythology relevant even today. Dr Singh, in his inimitable style, effectively highlights how times may change but what is right does not change.
In the current landscape, the leadership encapsulates an enigmatic mind-set that includes passion, charisma, moral authority, courage, vision, elocution, ability to motivate, and drive for results. On the flip side, it is also more associated with ruthlessness, egoism, blind ambition, impatience with differing views and an absence of compassion. It is in this context that the current research and findings are very timely. The trend now is towards developing a ‘philosophy of leadership’ with more emphasis on emotional intelligence than just hard number-crunching.
The Leadership Odyssey: From Darkness to Light is a book with a difference. You will be able to relate to the practical experiences shared by the authors regarding both toxic leadership and virtuous leadership. The research is grounded in Indian realities and it will change your awareness about holistic leadership and its various dimensions. A must-read for leaders and to be leaders.
“[The book] is a masterpiece on leadership…. The book is epochal. It is philosophical in nature, normative in its approach and recommendatory in its implications…. This book promises; it is optimistic; it kindles hope; and above all it is liberating — even for the Toxic leaders.”
The book is a result of a detailed qualitative and quantitative research and enlists the qualities of a toxic leader as well as a virtuous leader from the follower’s lens. The lucid style of writing, primary focus on Indian context, and bold views of the authors on contemporary issues are the unique features of this book….the clarity of text will undoubtedly amaze the reader.