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Re-inventing Leadership in Uncertain Times

December 2020 | 248 pages | SAGE Response
This book helps to answer two important questions—What does it mean to be a leader today and in the future and how can you be the hero of your story and lead in a way that best harnesses the incredible potential of your generation?

This book is for leaders whose decision-making challenges increase as the unknowns multiply. Masterstrokes paves the way to script your leadership narrative, to lead the changing followership, to race towards uncertainty and to create innovative solutions needed to succeed in the surplus economy.

Masterstrokes catalyzes personal transformation and positive leadership through a research backed seven-step model, STROKES, to empower leaders to lead in uncertain times when they are dealing with a rising gig economy, shorter delivery cycles and flatter organizations.
Foreword by Arvind Subramanian
PART I The Problem
The Crashing World of Arjun Raghavan
The Need for a New Leadership Narrative
The Donut Leader / Mirrors and Shadows
The Leader’s Journey: Mapping Your Narrative Arc?
PART II The Journey
Script Your Leadership Narrative
Trigger Your Purpose
Race Towards Uncertainty
Own Your People
Kindle V.I.T.A.L Conversations
Empower Your Entrepreneurs
Scale the Moment
PART III Practicing Leadership
Your Leadership Masterstroke

Journeys get easier when the map is good. The seven-step plan in Masterstrokes is just the roadmap you need to navigate the future in your own leadership journey. Don’t leave home without it!

Prakash Iyer
Leadership Coach and Motivational Speaker

Leadership is a journey, one where different leaders end in different destinations—true leadership is exhibited more in the journey, showing the Being of the leader. This book brings into exploration of the Being of the leader—awareness, action, facing uncertainty, reflection, ownership and, more importantly, purpose. Dr Latha easily transcends the various components of leadership, as if she is a commentator in the journey like a Sanjaya in Mahabharat. This will be a landmark book on leadership—one that I will read multiple times.

R. K. T. Krishnan
Country Head, Corporate Sales at Royal Sundaram General Insurance Co.

The book is a masterstroke! It brings alive the nuanced stance of a Coach triggering thought-provoking inquiry to the norms, roles, context of leadership as we knew it. A very relevant book given the current reality of the VUCA world where leaders travel uncharted paths with no known norms, formats, dictats to fall back on. It’s a call for a clear shift in re-imagining a Leader’s journey. The author’s grasp of the current context and the conversational style laced with humour drawing from ancient folklore and mythology makes this a delightful read.

Priya Ramesh
Leadership Coach Co-Founder, Orenda Centre for Leadership Excellence

There is a need for leaders to learn and re-learn often on Leadership for uncertain times. This book attempts to provide a great learning to all on leading in uncertain times. The approach of the book on defining a problem, taking through a journey and building a leader is incredible, which gives greater insights to the readers. I am sure this book will help young managers and leaders to script their own personal leadership narrative and build passion  Within to reach success.

Dr Anbuthambi Bhojarajan
President, ICT Academy

Masterstokes: Reinventing Leadership in Uncertain Times is a timely and contextual book set in current times. It is enlightening and moving, centred around a dialogue between a Leader and his Coach. It has many practical and actionable lessons for everyone. It is a welcome addition to the leadership book bag.

Sridhar Ganesh
Managing Director & CEO, Adrenalin eSystems Limited

Dr Latha’s latest work, comes at a timely juncture, reminding leaders—new and existing—that leadership is a journey and a narrative that needs to involve and engage all. ‘We must change the way we do business in this world of permanent excess supply,’ a quote from the book that is a fitting reminder of how the world has changed and that no individual leader can be a superhero to thrive in the longer run. Dr Latha cleverly weaves in stories whilst unfolding the leadership narrative through her seven-step model (STROKES) that can help you rewrite your leadership story.

Janet Yung
Chief Learning Officer & Director, Trilogy People Performance Consultancy

Intensifying global competition, rising performance expectations and proliferating social and economic problems everywhere have put an unprecedented premium on leadership. This book will describe the areas you need to excel and how to build those abilities. Dr Latha Vijaybaskar provides ambitious professionals with the frameworks, guidance and tools they need to excel in their careers. With step-by-step framework, time-honed best practices, real-life stories and concise models, each comprehensive chapter will help you to stand out from the pack—whatever your role.

Alison Geskin
ACC CODC CEC CLC Founder and CEO, The Art of Strategy

Dr Latha in her book takes us through an awesome journey of leadership through the perspectives of Arjun and Ved. It’s refreshing to see the new thought process that is essential for leaders in these changing times. I especially loved the book’s narrative style that kept me engaged throughout reading. If you care deeply about building leadership qualities and if you want to pick up subtle nuances, put this book on your essential reading list.

Sivakumar Palaniappan
Leadership Mindset Coach

Know the different hues of leadership which help to take on any unforeseen challenges. The story line is engaging and adds a good flavour to the aspects of what it takes to be a good leader. 

Sangeeta Shankaran Sumesh
The Gain Enabler High Performance Business Coach & Best Selling Author

A very conversational and relatable way of storytelling with the required intersections of making the reader correlate story to reality and back to the story. The pauses make the impact that much more appealing and stick to memory. Characters are built around concepts and then new concepts are introduced to ensure that characters go through the growth curve in their minds. Appreciate the thought that went into sketching and then stitching it all together seamlessly. Will endorse the book and encourage young and matured managers alike to give the book a dekho!

Kanishka Mallick
General Manager, HR Times Internet

Latha Vijaybaskar

Dr Latha Vijaybaskar, an ICF-certified coach, facilitator and author, catalyses individuals and teams to navigate the conversation side of business.VITAL Conversations is a result of 10 years of research on conversations as the cornerstone to action. Working with Latha, people learn to build trust, hold difficult conversations, manage conflict, guarantee psychological safety in their interaction and achieve gargantuan performance through collaborative efforts in life and business.Latha brings along almost 18 years of experience in training and teaching, working across corporate, education and social sectors. She has coached, trained and... More About Author

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