Some say life is suffering. Some say life is a bowl of cherries. Some say life is a mystery. Others say life is, well, just life! We can substitute the word leadership for life and we will end up at the same place. Life and leadership are complex, multi-layered, invisible, and challenging.
One of the best new books on the subject is by a man who knows how complex life is and has not succumbed to superficialities and platitudes. He is known throughout the world as the Dalai Lama.
I have had the privilege of participating in several conferences where the Dalai Lama has spoken. His words are always wonderful and his laugh is infectious. What makes one sit up, lean forward, and connect with this man is his presence. I honestly think if he stood without talking the participants in the room would be changed for the better.
His book, The Leader’s Way should be a must read for every leadership development program, for executive coaches and those they coach, for all hi-potentials at the starting line ready to run for a medal.
Do yourself a favor, start the fall season with a right frame of mind by reading the amazing book. You get to sit at the feet of the Dalai Lama, be with him in his presence, and it doesn’t get much better than that!