The business world is in need of many things at the moment — an economic boost, a lower unemployment rate and a better plan to insure workers, to name just a few. But the biggest void by far may be the lack of inspiring leaders. There is a growing and critical need for leaders who can show us the way out of the current downturn and point the way to a more productive future.
In his book, Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders (Free Press), Rajeev Peshawaria, CEO of ICLIF, former chief learning officer at Morgan Stanley and a veteran of dozens of blue chip companies, shares more than two decades of experience in what it really takes to become an exceptional leader — one who not only runs the company but creates a cadre of supporters who understand the company’s goals and missions and work to embody them every day. Part playbook and part an experienced guide through the world of leadership, this book has the potential to unlock the leadership potential inside those who not only lead companies, but run divisions, head up teams and work in roles across their companies every day.
“Leadership,” writes Peshawaria, “can neither be learned in a classroom, nor automatically acquired by accepting a big title or position of authority. Leadership needs to be discovered, and there is no shortcut to the discovery process.”
The book outlines the discovery process itself, offering steps for creating a leader who can tap into unlimited emotional energy, align the energy of a powerful few and galvanize the energy of the masses to create sustainable success.
Rajeev Peshawaria was one of the founding members of the renowned Goldman Sachs leadership development program, The Pinestreet Group, and was the global head of the Leadership Advisory Services practice. At Morgan Stanley, he held the position of Chief Learning Officer and created and led Morgan Stanley university — a globally integrated learning and consulting hub within the firm. At The Coca-Cola Company, also as the Chief Learning Officer, he created and headed Coca-Cola University, and he was the Global Director of Leadership Development programs at American Express. Peshawaria was just appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Iclif Leadership and Governance Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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