Story telling is an enchanting art \u2013 and as you must have read in our previous blog 4 Short stories to spark conversations\u00a0we are pretty much in love with this art. Some of the compelling business books we have read are also written in the format of small stories \u2013 The 5 dysfunctions of a team is one such compelling example. Another mesmerizing little book we came across in this same format is, \u201cThe Secret of Leadership\u201d by Prakash Iyer. Rahul Dravid, who has written the foreword for this book talks about the beauty of storytelling and how it teaches us without ever appearing to do so & without the burden of formal learning. He asserts that preaching rarely works with adults and how inspirational stories can be a useful tool for the organizations and the leaders to teach valuable lessons. Prakash Iyer uses 60 engrossing stories that covers the entire spectrum of personal, professional growth and development - in this treasure trove of a book, to reach out to the hearts and minds of people. The introduction of the book has inspiring insights on Edmund Hillary\u2019s leadership qualities. How difficulties in life and a failed attempt to climb the world\u2019s highest peak did not deter him. It only strengthened his resolve. His perseverance was so strong that he once went to base camp, looked up at Mount Everest and screamed, \u2018I will come again and conquer you! Because as a mountain, you cant grow. But as a human, I can!\u2019 a powerful message for everyone that we can climb all those mountains we set our sights on. The portrayal of Hillary\u2019s leadership qualities in the introduction of the book is done so well that it inspires and motivates you to read the complete book. As you read through the book, you would perhaps find some of the stories to be very powerful and some less so. Each of us who reads this book will have our own favorite stories. Here are a few stories that I found very fascinating: \tPhD Mantra: The PhD is the leader\u2019s mantra for success. It stands for Passion, Hunger and Discipline. The qualities that you need in life always; an Olympic gold medalist was once asked about her success, to which she answered \u2018I practiced when I felt like it. I practised when I didn\u2019t feel like it!\u2019 \tAdkins and the One-Man Band: It\u2019s an intriguing story of a man who proved that unlike in the dictionary, in real life, belief comes before ability. How a young lad born in a family of rather modest means grew up with a belief that to become a musician he needed to learn all the musical instruments such as guitar, piano, drums, harmonica etc. He learnt all that and played every instrument in every composition he sang. The story of how and why he did that is even more interesting and teaches us that if we want to change the outcomes in our life, we need to start by changing our beliefs. \t\u00a0This is good: It\u2019s a story of an African king and his friend who was a very positive and a cheerful person. In all adversities, he would smile and say, \u2018This is good\u2019. This beautiful story tells us how when you moan and say this is bad, the mind gets conditioned to look for a difficulty in opportunity. And when you say \u2018this is good\u2019, the mind looks for opportunity in difficulty. \tThe Frog and the TV tower: Another light and powerful story of a frog that climbed the tallest TV tower in the city, amid several frogs that discouraged it to do so. The story delivers a message that we should chase our dreams and disregard the people who tell us it can\u2019t be done. Giving up is easy and getting to the goals is hard work. \tKeep your Cool. Be careful what you say: It\u2019s a story of a little boy who was prone to losing his temper and saying harsh words to family and friends without realizing its impact. The entire story has a lesson for everyone that when we are angry, we say things that leave a scar. And no amount of apologizing can completely undo the damage it causes. So keep your cool. Watch what you say and you will see the difference. \tThe Elephant\u2019s Trunk and the Mahout\u2019s Stick: A story of a Mahout who took his elephant every morning for a stroll through the lanes of a busy bazaar. The elephant created havoc by plucking and eating flowers and fruits in the shops by the side of the road. No amount of beating and punishing could stop this habit. How its Mahout controlled this habit teaches us an important lesson that we should stay focused towards our goals and do everything it takes to achieve them. These are just some of the stories from this little book packed with wisdom. It\u2019s a completely inspirational read, right from the word go. Pick it up today \u2013 you will thank us for this!