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The Soul of Leadership
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The Soul of Leadership
Unlocking Your Potential for Greatness
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Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.
 
Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites you to become the kind of leader most needed today: a leader with vision who can make that vision real. Chopra has been teaching leadership to CEOs and other top executives for eight years, and the path outlined in The Soul of Leadership applies to any business, but the same principles are relevant in every community and area of life, from family and home to school, place of worship, and neighborhood. “At the deepest level,” Chopra writes, “a leader is the symbolic soul of a group.”
   
With clear, practical steps, you are led through the crucial skills outlined in the acronym L-E-A-D-E-R-S:
L = Look and Listen
E = Emotional Bonding
A = Awareness
D = Doing
E = Empowerment
R = Responsibility
S = Synchronicity
   
After identifying your own soul profile and the core values you want to develop, you can use these seven skills to allow your potential for greatness to emerge. Only from the level of the soul, Chopra contends, are great leaders created. Once that connection is made, you have unlimited access to the most vital qualities a leader can possess: creativity, intelligence, organizing power, and love.
   
The Soul of Leadership
aims to fill the most critical void in contemporary life, the void of enlightened leaders. “You can be such a leader,” Chopra promises. “The path is open to you. The only requirement is that you learn to listen to your inner guide.” In this unique handbook you are shown how to do just that, in words as practical as they are uplifting. The future is unfolding at this very minute, and the choice to lead it lies with each of us, here and now.
Leadership is the most crucial choice one can make—it is the decision to step out of darkness into the light.
 
Bestselling author and spiritual guide Deepak Chopra invites you to become the kind of leader most needed today: a leader with vision who can make that vision real. Chopra has been teaching leadership to CEOs and other top executives for eight years, and the path outlined in The Soul of Leadership applies to any business, but the same principles are relevant in every community and area of life, from family and home to school, place of worship, and neighborhood. “At the deepest level,” Chopra writes, “a leader is the symbolic soul of a group.”
   
With clear, practical steps, you are led through the crucial skills outlined in the acronym L-E-A-D-E-R-S:
L = Look and Listen
E = Emotional Bonding
A = Awareness
D = Doing
E = Empowerment
R = Responsibility
S = Synchronicity
   
After identifying your own soul profile and the core values you want to develop, you can use these seven skills to allow your potential for greatness to emerge. Only from the level of the soul, Chopra contends, are great leaders created. Once that connection is made, you have unlimited access to the most vital qualities a leader can possess: creativity, intelligence, organizing power, and love.
   
The Soul of Leadership
aims to fill the most critical void in contemporary life, the void of enlightened leaders. “You can be such a leader,” Chopra promises. “The path is open to you. The only requirement is that you learn to listen to your inner guide.” In this unique handbook you are shown how to do just that, in words as practical as they are uplifting. The future is unfolding at this very minute, and the choice to lead it lies with each of us, here and now.
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  • From the book 9780307408068|excerpt

    Chopra: THE SOUL OF LEADERSHIP

    Part One

    L-E-A-D-E-R-S



    One

    L = Look and Listen

    Great leaders have a vision, and the ability to manifest it. Defining your own vision begins with looking and listening. You look and listen to the situation around you, but you also look and listen inside. Four steps are involved:

    Impartial observation—Look and listen with your senses.

    Analysis—Look and listen with your mind.

    Feeling—Look and listen with your heart.

    Incubation—Look and listen with your soul.

    Once you have gone through these four steps, your personal vision can begin to express itself.

    The best qualities you can have when starting your career are passion, core values, and dedication to a purpose. These are the elements from which a vision is forged. When you talk to the most inspiring leaders, the kind I call successful visionaries, it turns out that they all began with passion and a view of the big picture. They brought dedication to a deeply felt purpose. They held core values that they were not willing to surrender. In order to find greatness in yourself, these elements should be your primary focus.

    Over the years, researchers have tried to find external reasons for the rise of successful leaders. Based on this research, it might seem that being born into wealth, going to the best schools, associating with other successful people, and scoring high on IQ tests would more or less guaran- tee that a person would turn into a leader. But as we all know, you can start with nothing and still emerge as a great leader, whereas you can start off in life with any number of advantages and achieve little or nothing of value. External advantages give anyone a head start, but they are not a guarantee of success.

    So what if we reverse this approach and look instead at things that we all possess? Everyone knows how to look and listen—these are the basic tools of perception. But in a leader they grow into something more. A leader is responsible for having a vision, which must be clear enough to guide others and inspire them. Having articulated her vision, a leader must be able to manifest it. The greatest ideas are nothing more than daydreams until they are pushed to become reality. If you want to be a successful visionary, here is where the journey begins, with two crucial questions: What is my vision? How can I make it happen?

    No vision is created in a vacuum. It emerges from the situation at hand. That situation can be a crisis or a routine project, a management problem or a financial emergency, anything that requires a leader to offer guidance, to assess the situation by looking and listening at the deepest level possible. This pertains to parents and sports coaches, mentors and counselors, managers and CEOs. Anytime you are called upon to guide, teach, command, motivate, inspire, or plan, opportunity is knocking.

    Imagine three people seated on a couch in an outer office, all dressed in their best business attire. The office itself belongs to a venture capitalist who has agreed to give each of them a half hour to present a proposal for a start-up company. Success or failure depends upon this meeting. Who among the three will emerge as a leader, the one with the best chance of persuading the venture capitalist?

    The first person feels so nervous his palms are sweaty. He tries to make casual conversation but realizes that he’s babbling, so he falls silent. He closes his eyes, reviewing one last time the speech he is going to make. He got very little sleep the night before, having spent hours going over every word of...
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  • DEEPAK CHOPRA, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the author of more than fifty-five books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    November 29, 2010
    For Chopra, whether one owns a company or coaches Little League, good leadership comes from the soul. The author's prominence as a contemporary spiritual teacher would not be possible without business savvy, making him uniquely qualified to address how the sacred can thrive in the secular realm of commerce and management. With exercises in meditation, soul profiles, and group consciousness building, readers are taught to locate and then lead from the soul. It is leading from the soul that is the mark of a "successful visionary," Chopra writes, someone who "makes his or her vision manifest in the world." Chopra's approach is both calm and challenging, particularly when exploring the seductive nature of power and its potential for misuse. Compassionate managers, the author maintains, must move from the needs of the ego to the needs of the group. This volume teaches that influential world figures don't have a monopoly on vision, and anyone can improve the lives of others by merging self-awareness and compassion. In the business of making positive contributions, it is possible to "lead and serve at the same time."

  • Library Journal

    January 1, 2011

    Chopra, internationally famous spiritual leader, celebrity, and best-selling author, now turns his attention to the spiritual qualities he detects in some of the world's most notable leaders, including Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Buddha, with the idea of helping readers to nurture similar qualities in themselves. Chopra's latest book is written with more care and deliberation than some of his recent titles, perhaps reflective of his own experience as a prominent man in a position of some spiritual authority; his charges to readers to take responsibility for themselves and their actions ring true, as do his counsels of "awareness." VERDICT Chopra's writings are necessary for best seller collections in public libraries, and his latest title should reach beyond spiritual readers to a general audience.

    Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • George Zimmer, Men's Wearhouse

    "I greatly enjoyed Deepak's newest book The Soul of Leadership. From the chapter on synchronicity on, I couldn't put it down. It's got so many quality ideas that it must be read a second time. The book inspired me to become a better leader."

  • John Mackey, co-CEO Whole Foods Market "The Soul of Leadership unfolds as an exceptional guide for remembering how to access the peace and clarity the soul brings to any vision, decision, action, or non-action. Deepak Chopra's latest book lights the way to 21st century leadership, where consciousness, love and compassion redefine the locus of power in relationships and organizations. A truly aware leader in touch with his or her soul will always be in the flow of the world. Like a tuned-in kayaker in white water, when you are in the middle of it, you continually contribute your own creativity and good intentions to the overall flow, while inspiring and empowering your team to do the same."
  • William Cohen, Former United States Secretary of Defense "Leadership begins at home and in the heart. Deepak Chopra offers not only a blueprint, a step by step guide to releasing the power of leadership within each of us, but a powerful call to action. By evolving toward an ever higher level of spiritual awareness, we have the capacity to change our lives and the world itself. An insightful, inspirational and much needed book."
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