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Leading With Wisdom

Leading With Wisdom
Spiritual-based Leadership in Business

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March 2007 | 392 pages | SAGE Response
Leading with Wisdom portrays an emerging global culture. This path-breaking book offers the experiences and perspectives of 31 top executives from 15 countries in 6 continents. They are executives who express from their first hand experience what it is like to lead a business from a spiritual basis. They tell amazing, down-to-earth, real-life stories about how spirituality and rationality can go hand in hand in leadership and life.

Their words of wisdom demonstrate that executives who lead from a spiritual basis can achieve success, recognition, peace of mind and happiness, while at the same time serving the needs of all those affected by their leadership.

Written in an engaging style, where the special 'voice' of each leader is heard, this book will be profoundly valuable to business leaders at every level and for all those women and men who want to lead with integrity from a spiritual basis.


Debra and William Miller

Introduction: Spirituality as the Basis of Leadership

Section 1: LOVE
Janiece Webb, Senior Vice President Motorola, USA Expressing Love and Compassion

Lars Kolind, former CEO, Oticon Denmark Making a Difference through Love

N S Raghavan, Joint-founder and former Joint Managing Director, Infosys, India Love and Trust

Francisco Roberto Canada, Director/

er, Errepar S A, Argentina Loving God and Aiming at Excellence

Stephen R Covey, Co-founder and Vice Chairman, FranklinCovey Co., USA Peace of Conscience

Ramon Olle, President, Epson Europe B.V, The Netherlands Know Thyself

Ricardo B Levy, Co-founder and Chairman, Catalytica, Inc., USA Deep Inside We Need a Humility Compass

Anand Pillai, Head of Centre for Leadership and Management Excellence, HCL, India Connecting with the Source of Being

Alvaro Cruz, CEO, I C M Ingenieros Ltda, and Governor of Cundinamarca, Colombia Listening to your Intuition

A K Chattopadhyay, Senior Vice President, ACC Ltd Refactories Division, India Manifesting the Perfection Within

James Sinclair, Chairman and CEO, Tan Range Exploration, Ltd, USA/Tanzania The Key to Success is the `Power to be`

Flordelis F Aguenza, President and COO, Plantersbank, The Philippines What would the Lord Do?

John R Behner, former Country Manager, Nabisco, El Salvador Realizing God by Serving Others

G Narayana, Executive Chairman, Excel Industries Pvt Ltd, India Work is Worship

Niran Jiang, CEO, Institute of Human Excellence, Australia Co-creating a World that Works for Everyone

Niels Due Jensen, Group Chairman, Grundfos Management A/S, Denmark Leading with Compassion and Responsibility

Rajan Govindan, former Senior Managing Director, Bankers Trust, USA Becoming a Better Human Being

Carol Franklin, former HR Director, Swiss Re and former CEO, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Switzerland Caring for and being Responsible for the Earth and its Inhabitants

Nilofer Merchant, President, Rubicon Consultants, USA Moving from Fear to Love

S K Welling, Executive Director, HMT International, Ltd, India A Leader Must Have Concern for Others

Section 5: DIVINITY
Andre L Delbecq, Director, Institute for Spirituality and Organizational Leadership, Santa Clara University, USA Willing to be God`s Fool

Ashoke Maitra, HR Director, Bennett, Coleman & Co Ltd (The Times of India Group), India Manifestation of Latent Divinity

V V Ranganathan, Senior Partner, Ernst & Young, India Seeing God in Everyone

Thomas Daugherty, Vice President of Spiritual Care and Values Integration, Methodist Health Care System, USA Connecting with the Divine

Section 6: PURPOSE
Helene Ploix, Chairman and Managing Director of Pechel Industries and Pechel Industries Partenaires, France Giving your Talents without Counting

Federico Cuneo, Chairman, American Glass Products, Peru Sharing Spirituality in Business

Parantha Narendran, Strategy Director, Eurotel Telecom, Czech Republic Pushing beyond Limits and Fear

Deependra Moitra, former General Manager?Engineering, Lucent Technologies, India An Approach to Fulfilment

Ananth Raman, Chairman, Graphtex, Inc., USA Adding Value

Magnus Vrethammar, President, Finess, Switzerland & Pergo, UK Opening Up

Amber Chand, Co-founder and VP of Vision, Eziba, USA Part I. Caring for People, Planet and Profit

Amber Chand, founder, The Amber Chand Collection, USA Part II. Balancing Success and Failure ?The Fall of Eziba and the Rise of Amber Chand`s Spirit

Epilogue: Spiritual-Based Leadership Beyond Business

A P J Abdul Kalam, President of India Giving Wings to the Divine Fire

Appendix A: Research Methodology

Appendix B: Business Topics Addressed in the Profiles



Leading with Wisdom portrays an emerging global culture…. Written in an engaging style, where the special ‘voice’ of each leader is heard, this book will be profoundly valuable to business leaders at every level and for all those  women and men who want to lead with integrity from a spiritual basis.

The Times of India

It is also a very ‘personal’ book. The research that underlies it was motivated by a strong conviction that there is a need for ideals and theories as to the role of spirituality in business to be backed up by true-to-life stories of successful leaders.

Indian Management

I think of spirituality as something that is beyond the body and mind. It is something that gives a purpose and meaning to our existence. It is something that gives you joy, happiness and contentment, which cannot be gotten through material pursuits and knowledge.

N S Raghavan
Co-founder and former Joint Managing Director, Infosys

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