April 11, 2020

Mitigating the bullying effects of power

10th April 2020 THE WISE LEADER. I received positive reader responses to my last column. (Beware of competence without humility or humanity, BS, 13th March). One reader posed a tricky question: why are so many leaders arrogant if it is obvious that humility is very important?
January 3, 2020

Board wisdom is judgment + character + humility

3rd January 2019 THE WISE LEADER

2019 was a year full of board room debacles. Usually, we all tend to live in the uplands of activity-obsession. The lull during the holiday season offered me a quiet period when I retreated with my books into the valley of humility.
December 7, 2019

Ahankar-mukt leadership

6th December 2019 THE WISE LEADER

This year-end I write about the importance of ahankar-mukt leadership. Early next year, I will share how to work at becoming ahankar-mukt.  Narcissists are full of ahankar.
November 9, 2019

Managers must learn to teach business ethics and values

11th November 2019 THE WISE LEADER

After reading the heading above, the reader might wonder what I have been sniffing. After IL&FS, Yes Bank, ICICI Bank, CG Power, business ethics and values? But please, please read on.
October 15, 2019

The bear will soon visit your garden also

11rd October 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

Readers of my last three articles in this column have asked for an example to exemplify my advocacy that independent directors can and should act on signals rather than wait for a crisis to crack open
September 11, 2019

Distant Thunder and Sher Khan

11th September 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

I responded to an event organizer’s request for an unconventional biodata about myself by sending something like
September 3, 2019

Directors should act on signals

29th August 2019 BUSINESS STANDARD

How do you deal with a high performing CEO, who is arrogant, in-your-face and cocky? Watch very carefully for prodromal signals and act on the 5C’s: consider, consult, counsel, coach and, if all fail, then confront
July 5, 2019

Wise leaders listen to the messages of kibitzers


Kibitzer is a Yiddish word for a spectator of bridge or chess, who offers unsolicited advice in chess, bridge, sports or even business.
June 8, 2019

Cautionary stories about leadership psychopathy


Success can make a person rich but can also pose personal and reputational risks. After my book was published recently (Crash, Penguin, 2019), a few readers expressed incredulity about how power could actually “damage” the brain.