Story telling is an enchanting art – and as you must have read in our previous blog 4 Short stories to spark conversations we 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 – The 5 dysfunctions of a team is one such compelling example.
Another mesmerizing little book we came across in this same format is, “The Secret of Leadership” 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’s leadership qualities. How difficulties in life and a failed attempt to climb the world’s 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, ‘I will come again and conquer you! Because as a mountain, you cant grow. But as a human, I can!’ a powerful message for everyone that we can climb all those mountains we set our sights on. The portrayal of Hillary’s 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:
These are just some of the stories from this little book packed with wisdom. It’s a completely inspirational read, right from the word go. Pick it up today – you will thank us for this!