Book News: June 4th, 2013

Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou offer a fresh and timely approach to nurturing wise, resilient, and flexible leadership in a world of growing complexity.

Leaders tend to obstinately stick to the leadership style that brought them most success in the past. At the extremes these styles  are functional leadership that focuses on operational excellence and smart leadership that focuses on growth. When a leader’s focus is too functional, the organization becomes introverted and can focus too much on bottom-line profitability while missing out on top-line growth opportunities. But when leaders focus too much on smart leadership, the organization may experience quick growth but lose its effectiveness quickly.

From Smart to Wise offers a new approach that balances the two styles to achieve a form of wise leadership that is both functional, smart and effective. Drawing on inspiring real-life stories of historical and contemporary wise leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and even Mahatma Gandhi, the authors identify six characteristics of wise leaders and offer a practical framework to help readers develop their own style of wise leadership.

The authors present a timely and innovative approach to leadership in the challenging conditions of today.

Published by Josey-Bass. ISBN: 978-1-118-29620-2. £18.99