Tuesday, March 14, 2023 | By: CHIMI DORJI

The Powers to Lead

Twelve Take-Aways from  the book as given in the appendix;

  1. Good leadership matters. Good ¼ effective and ethical. Luck matters for success, but good leaders can help shape their luck.

2.      Almost anyone can become a leader. Leadership can be learned. It depends on nurture as well as on nature. Leadership can exist at any level, with or without formal authority. Most people are both leaders and followers. They ‘‘lead from the middle.’’

3.      Leaders help create and achieve group goals. Thus effectiveness requires both vision and interpersonal/organizational skills.

4.      Smart leaders need both soft and hard power skills: co-optive and command styles. Both transformational and transactional objectives and styles can be useful. One is not automatically better than the other.

5.      Leaders depend on and are partly shaped by followers. Some degree of soft power is necessary. Presence/magnetism is inherent in some personalities more than others, but ‘‘charisma’’ is largely bestowed by followers.

6.      Appropriate style depends on the context. There are ‘‘autocratic situations’’ and ‘‘democratic situations,’’ normal and crisis conditions, and routine and novel crises. Good diagnosis of the need for change (or not) is essential for contextual intelligence.

7.      A consultative style is more costly in terms of time, but it provides more information, creates buy-in, and empowers followers.

8.      Managers are not necessarily leaders, but effective leaders usually need both managerial and organizational skills. They create and maintain systems and institutions. Leaders are not mere deciders; they help a group decide how to decide.

9.      Leadership for crisis conditions requires advanced preparation, emotional maturity, and the ability to distinguish the roles of operational, analytical, and political work. The appropriate mix of styles and skills varies with the stage of the crisis. Experience creates tacit knowledge, but analysis also counts. A cat that sits on a hot stove will not sit there again, but it will not sit on a cold stove either.

10.  The information revolution and democratization are causing a long-term secular shift in the context of postmodern organizations–a shift along the continuum from command to co-optive style. Network organizations require a more consultative style. While sometimes stereotyped as a feminine style, both men and women face this change and need to adapt to it. Empowered followers empower leaders.

11.  Reality testing, constant information seeking, and adjusting to change are essential for good consequences, but emotional intelligence and practical knowledge are more important than pure IQ in judgment.

12.  Ethical leaders use their consciences, common moral rules, and professional standards, but conflicting values can create ‘‘dirty hands.’’ Three-dimensional ethical judgments require attention to goals, means, and consequences for those inside and outside the leader’s group. Creating identities in intergroup leadership is difficult but crucial

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | By: CHIMI DORJI

what are you doing with your life?

Krishnamurti is a great saint and philosopher. In his book, he talks almost everytihng about life; purose of life and how to live life. He also talks about sorrow, love, happiness, marriage, depression, meditation and so on. A book to know deeper meaning of life and purpsoe of life.
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 | By: CHIMI DORJI

My experiments with truth

Gandhi began his life with very ordinary things. No luxury life then. From his childhood I think nobody could have imagined he would become one of the greatest freedom fighter in the history. He was a shy person who would not even have a courage to speak a word in the crowd. He became a lawyer first and then one of the greatest freedom fighters in the history. He would experiment on so many things. A hard-core vegetarian, who would not accept to take meat even if he were illed to death. He survived mostly on vegetables and fruits diet. Quite interesting to read this book about his experiments on so many truths. Some experiments worked while others failed, too .
Tuesday, January 17, 2023 | By: CHIMI DORJI

Hard Truths to keep Singapore going-

Resuming the blogging after a long time with this update.Always been a college timepass back then. Somehow lost the track for alomost 6 years now. Ended 2022 with the completion of reading this book, Hard Truths to keep Singapore going by Lee Kuan Yew.

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