December 20, 2020

The emerging future role of boards

Directors on boards have two distinct roles: a ‘map’ role and a ‘compass’ role. The former is the traditional role. It is about overseeing the short-term with a horizon of a few years.
October 20, 2020

What a ‘wise’ board director is

Wisdom is born out of controlling lower ground thinking by the discipline of higher ground thinking—the word discipline is noteworthy.
September 21, 2020

Myrmidons around the CEO

Before you think that Shashi Tharoor has been language-tutoring me, let me explain that a myrmidon is an unquestioning and subservient lackey of a powerful leader. Myrmidons are around everywhere and become the leader’s Achilles heel. Achilles’s body became invulnerable, excluding his foot, and hence the expression, Achilles Heel to signify an inherent weakness.
July 11, 2020

The ‘long game’ should be the new face of business strategy

Indian business leaders tend to be opportunistic rather than strategic, perhaps a hangover from the license raj. Gurus exhort business leaders to view business through a long-term lens.
July 11, 2020

Ecosystem must be enhanced through neeyat, nyaya and niti

Recent rhetoric says “less government, more governance” but the unfolding reality does not match up. Indian government, center and states, face a real governance issue.
June 8, 2020

Leadingwith empathy, humility and dialogue

In uncertain times, leaders require deeperconversations andempathetic listening--three times more than speech-making.
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.