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A glimpse into the life and thoughts of one of the world's most inspiring leaders, this book contains insights and anecdotes from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, ranging from his meetings with Mao Tse-Tung to his government-in-exile in India, and details his views on poverty, wealth and happiness....

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The Leader's Way: Business, Buddhism And Happiness In An Interconnected World Reviews

  • Mahipal Lunia
    2019-02-06 12:34

    The Monk and the Management Consultant - looking for a synthesis between capitalism and BuddhismToday's reading was this little book that comes from a decade of collaboration between two unlikely worlds. The jist of the book is Right Decision Making by taking a truly "long view" in a deeply "interdependent world." Right decisions come from right view, which lead to right action. Therefore at core of all leadership is right action that benefits all. Systems thinking/holistic viewpoint is to be adopted, along with mindfullness. This means seeing things as they really are, and looking at things from other peoples perspective as well.Three central concepts have to become instinctual to decision making— cause and effect, interdependence, and impermenceLearn to train the mind to be calm, collected and concentrated. Training the mind must become instinctual like eating food. Calm and collected decisions involves asking ourselves four questions: What is the reality and is it a problem? What is the cause of the problem? What do I want to achieve? How can I arrive at the goal?If you remember only two concepts after reading this book—Right View and Right Conduct—and keep these two principles vivid in your mind, your decision making will improve, as will your satisfaction with life.Three sections in the book -1) Leading Self - best way for a ruler to reign over his country is to first rule himself well. The Six Perfections to leading oneself —often expressed as generosity, ethical discipline, patience, enthusiastic effort, concentration, and wisdom—are of obvious value to all individuals, Meditation is key, and the book discuss' 5 methods of meditation for indiviuals, as a key method of training the mind.2) Leading Organization - Several of the CEOs reported that fewer meetings were required because they had learned to concentrate and give their undivided attention to the item at hand.The first step of a leader is to restore faith and purspoe in those one leads.Creating Faith, establish values and make right decisions. The purpose of a business/org cannot be profit, profit is the end result of what you. Pursue happiness of all involved.3) Leading in an interconnected world - goal of achieving freedom and prosperity for all.Quotes from the book, that stuck a chord with meI believe that leaders of religious traditions—with their ability to take a long view of the human condition—should participate in discussions of global business and economics.The root of happiness is not in what we desire or what we get but somewhere altogether different. It stems from a place of inner contentment that exists no matter what we gain or achieve.People cannot be truly happy unless they have friendships and good relationships with other people. Furthermore, good relationships are reciprocal.True leaders have the ability to look at an issue from many perspectives and, based on that expanded view, make the right decisions. They have a calm, collected, and concentrated mind, undisturbed by negative thoughts and emotions, trained and focused. And true leadership recognizes the inevitability of change, the need for a sense of universal responsibility, and the importance of combining an economic system with moral values. That is the leader’s way.Thinking the right way means making sure that every action is based on the right intention and the right motivation. The right intention is that the action will be beneficial to you and everyone affected by it;The second part recognizes three aspects of reality: impermanence, interdependence, and dependent origination. Buddhism teaches that nothing exists that is permanent; nothing exists that is independent; and nothing exists without a cause.the root cause of suffering was self-centeredness. Also People would rather deal with a person who is interested in their well-being than with someone who is interested only in him- or herself.Right View consists of two parts: the decision-making process and the three values or concepts—dependent origination, interdependence, and impermanence—that have to be respected in every decisionThe concept of impermanence teaches us that every goal is a moving target.Right livelihood is important - do not deal in weapons; deal in living beings (including raising animals for slaughter, as well as the slave trade and prostitution); work in meat production and butchery; and selling intoxicants and poisons, such as alcohol and drugs.The researchers compared the brain maps of 175 people who had never meditated to the brain map of the monk. They found that the monk’s activity in the frontal lobe, which is associated with greater happiness, was higher than that of any of the 175 other people tested. the meditators had 5 percent thicker brain tissue in the prefrontal cortex.4 In other words, meditation had seemingly enlarged the part of the brain that regulates emotion, attention, and working memory.Buddha considered respect for all to be very important. Buddhists believe that even if a person acts badly, he or she has the potential to become a good person and deserves respect as a human being.Worth reading slowly, and returning to it from time to time. It is a very easy read, but one that can change how you view both capitalism and Buddhism .Mahipal

  • Kristen
    2019-02-13 13:35

    In general, I am not much of a fan of business books. I have found the majority of the ones I've read to be over-priced, frequently condescending or preachy in tone, and sorely lacking a real-world understanding of what people at all levels of business organizations are faced with on a daily basis.So perhaps you can also understand my reactions of surprise, interest, curiosity, and, yes, skepticism, when I came across this book.The Leader's Way is a joint effort between His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and management consultant Laurens van den Muyzenberg. It developed as a result of a decade's worth of discussions between the two, about how the principles of Buddhism related to and could inform, the global business landscape. This book is an absolutely fascinating, and highly relevant look at the strong connections and surprising [unless you are already familiar with the aspects of Buddhism] parallels between the two structures. It also presents specific, clear and easily implemented ways that anyone can become a better leader by understanding and using the basic Buddhist tenets of "Right View" and "Right Conduct".I think it is important to note, as the book does, that the advice in its pages has value for not only current senior leaders in high roles in businesses, but offers opportunities to anyone who is willing to use them by telling us:"Remember, authentic leaders and change makers are not exclusively found among top management, and we encourage employees at all levels to find their leader within by employing the practices in this book."Lest you be concerned about any attempts at religious indoctrination, let me put your fears immediately to rest by quoting His Holiness directly from the book: "I am not interested in converting readers of this book to Buddhism . . . This book is not about Buddhism as a religion or as a way of life. I believe that people can find values to help them lead a good and responsible life in all religious traditions. I also believe that people who do not follow any religion can lead a good and responsible life. The ideas in this book are therefore possible for everyone to accept and practice."And, in case your next concern is how a Buddhist monk could possibly have anything to say that is applicable to the capitalist world of business, well both the authors of the book address that one early on too: "The business arena and the concepts of Buddhism seem, at first, to be an unlikely pairing. The former, primarily concerned with production, profit and growth, seems to stand in contrast with the latter, which concerns itself with compassion for others and the well-being of humankind and our planet. Take a closer look, however, and we find that business practices and Buddhist principles are both concerned with happiness and making the right decision."The book is extremely well-organized, beginning with the individual leader, moving on to the organization and expanding to discuss the entirety of society. At each stage we are offered ways to revise both our thought processes and our actions, in order to recognize that the world is no longer served by - in fact will no longer be able to survive using - a "me: first, last and only" philosophy and approach.Just in case you are still skeptical, the book offers many actual examples of companies globally [and yes - in the U.S. too!] that are using the approaches. Organizations like GE and IBM, both of which are highlighted for their business's recognition of the impacts their policies have on other people, and their commitments to not just do good business, but to BE good businesses. And I dare you to suggest that these aren't successful organizations! They are approaching doing business with aspects of the structure recommended in this book. So, clearly it IS possible, as the book says, for: "Honesty and business to coexist."As the Dalai Lama himself states:"When I started this project, I was not sure that companies could act in such a way that they could deserve a thoroughly good reputation. Now I am convinced that they can. And I consider this goal very important for individual organizations and for society as a whole."I was inspired after reading this book about the opportunity for business to acknowledge, and act upon its tremendous potential to make a genuine difference in a positive way on the larger world it functions within. If everyone who is a current, or an aspiring business leader read this book and committed to implementing even a portion of the recommendations it offers, our world would improve in such massive ways that we would all be better, safer, happier and more kind as a result. But as importantly, particularly for business leaders operating in the current environment, business CAN also be successful using the approaches detailed in this bookAbsolutely the best business book I've ever read!

  • whichwaydidshego?
    2019-01-17 14:35

    This is very much geared towards corporate business. It still has helpful information for the rest of us, but there is a lot that does not translate to entrepreneurship and other types of business leaders.

  • Erika
    2019-01-24 14:34

    Not exciting, not life-changing, not impressed.Average :/

  • Micah Fretz
    2019-01-23 17:33

    I had a hard time getting into this book at first and I was about to scratch it half way through but I'm really glad I kept with it. I have been reading a lot of self-development books lately and” The Leaders Way” had some beautiful theories of how we can be successful and ethical at the same it. He discusses topics of globalization, poverty, greed, and having political and religious harmony. We have all seen over the years how greed and selfishness has almost crippled the global economy. This book talks about being successful the right way, the ethical way..the Buddhist way. In the beginning of the book the Dali Lama tells his readers that this book was not written to convert people to the Buddhist religion but to show how the Buddhist philosophies can be used to produce a better happier society. I was cynical of this comment and could not see how he could write an entire book about Buddhist teaching without pushing the Buddhist religion. To my surprise and delight that's exactly what he did. Many of his ideas are so simple of what we know to be right and wrong actions but yet we do anyway. This is my first real exposure to the Buddhist philosophies and I can see why this man has such a strong following. Growing up in a circle of close minded religious individuals, it is refreshing to see a religious leader with such an accepting view of other religions and societies that are opposite to his. He states that every window and door of your home should be open to every culture and belief to flow though like a magical dance of diversity but not to let it blow you off your feet. In a world were religious fundamentalism and survival of the fittest capitalism is slowly consuming societies, we need leaders such as the Dali Lama to break through ethnocentric ideologies that we live by and adopt a holistic view of how our actions as a individual, as a business, as a nation, influence the rest of the world. I believe we are at a definite tipping point in deciphering the kind of future that that we will provide for generations to come. To have a world where every culture has a good quality of life is a fantasy for most but for the Dali Lama he explains the best way he knows how, how it may be attainable and I praise for that. I highly recommend this book to any individual that is looking for way to be a better leader in your career or in your society to read this book.

  • Elliott
    2019-02-04 13:33

    I wasn't totally sure what to make of this book at first. It's an attempt to integrate buddhist beliefs with business leadership. That's fine. It moderately succeeds, from what I read. I have a rule where I only have to read 50 pages of a book and if I'm not enjoying a book at that point, I put it down and let myself mark as "read" on Goodreads (I was previously slogging through books I hated simply because I wanted to mark them as read. I know, it's a problem). This book activated the 50-page rule, unfortunately.I'll be honest, this book actually mitigated my interest in Buddhism. Not because it was so horrible or distorted Buddhist philosophy; it overall did a decent if prosaic job of connecting the topics it wants to connect.But the book situates its version of Buddhism in a universal desire for happiness. But, to be honest, I am not interested in happiness. I am interested in the things I care about, my values, etc. Happiness is incidental, a side benefit. I don't love because I'm thinking "I need to be happy, and so I will love someone to make myself happy", I love them to love them and then happiness is a marker of that love. I want to be purposeful, engaged.Sorry for the weird off-track musings, but sometimes Goodreads reviews are good for going back over and synthesizing your thoughts on why you did or didn't like a book.The core message of the book is overall fine and if you know someone who is totally amped on business leadership but needs to learn some emotion skills, this might be a good text for them.

  • JeffandStacie Paggeot
    2019-02-02 12:34

    This book was great for leadership skills. Keeping a trained mind and understanding people with calm emotions really takes the mud out of the water. It allows leaders to see to the root of the communication and better understand why people say what they say and what the true motive is behind it. This book explains how leaders should focus on three fundamental Buddhist principles. Right mind, right conduct, and impermanence. Understanding the principles will help you better make decisions for the betterment of the entire organization and not just yourself which in proxy results in a great team.Good read right up to the point it started on world leadership and economics. For me I was looking for more of the leadership info. Also I didn't like that most of the books is in italics.Good read!

  • E
    2019-01-18 15:36

    The Buddhist way to do business The Dalai Lama is a monk and a spiritual leader who has both feet planted firmly in the real world. Not content with being one of the world’s most recognizable religious figures, he advocates for social and economic change through the application of Buddhist principles. His collaboration and 10 years of conversation with management consultant Laurens van den Muyzenberg – clearly reported here – offer a blueprint for being a better leader and a more satisfied person, and for contributing to solving world problems through integrity, respect and sensitivity toward others. In this book, the Dalai Lama uses wise practicality to teach conscious leadership and to urge people to follow their instincts for good. getAbstract recommends these teachings to those who are interested in how spiritual concepts apply to leadership and business.

  • Eric
    2019-01-27 12:27

    This book gets a firm 3.5 stars, as it was good but not what I expected. It was more focused on the integration of Buddhism and Capitalism on a systemic scale than on the similarities of Buddhist teachings and western leadership literature (so the book I want to write is still an option :-) ) The Dalai Lama and his cowriter explore the correct application of Right View and Right Conduct across individual behavior, organizational management, and society at large. The book turns quite blatantly political, and it is clear that if Tenzin could vote in America he would most certainly be a democrat. It is interesting that they on repeated occasion, however, remind us that Buddhism teaches us that we must first take care of ourselves, so that we can then care for others. Good read.

  • James
    2019-02-02 15:31

    Business books are normally written by evil men advocating evil things. Not so with this one.It's impractical, overly optimistic, and the opposite of everything else written on the topic of business, but it is well worth reading by those of us who believe modern business practices will doom us a future darker than our past, if left unchecked.What else? Intelligently written. Some of the examples were not easily related, but many were great, very thought-provoking.Overall, best business book I read this year.No, I am not a Buddhist.

  • Jenna
    2019-02-14 19:18

    What I enjoyed most about this book is it connects the importance of Right Conduct and Right View in the business world. Who we are crosses over into our professional lives and we need to conduct ourselves with integrity. Only through integrity, can our business practices truly be successful.This book also gave ways in which to meditate and get into the right frame of mind in order to practice right conduct and right view. That being said, this is not an over-the-top spiritual book. It combines business with Buddhist teachings to show how integrity can create best business practices.

  • Janelle
    2019-01-26 13:32

    Content was fine, focused on right view and right action and how these can be applied to business and economic responsibility. Unfortunately the book isn't too applicable to my current situation or most probably my future situation. Glad to have listened to it though. Voice performances are acceptable.

  • Bebe Burnside
    2019-01-19 16:32

    This book is for anyone who had ever had to make a decision. The Dalai Lama talks about right thinking and right acting and how to achieve them. It's not easy, but it's worth the effort. He also gives lots of examples of people who have made a difference by applying those principles. An uplifting, informative book that should be read by all leaders.

  • Natalie
    2019-01-19 17:40

    An interesting premise for a book. The beginning focuses mostly on Buddhist practices and can seem preachy, but as the book develops and moves more into the interstice between buddhism and capitalism, it becomes very fascinating. It is not completely convincing, but definitely starts a dialogue about this intriguing subject.

  • Naiya
    2019-01-30 15:15

    DNF. For its very first example of "right way" of thinking and "right way" of action, it asked what one should do upon learning a colleague earns more money for doing less work than you. No, don't advocate for equal compensation. Instead, do some soul-searching about not being greedy and reflect on how asking for a raise could hurt the poor company. At that point, I didn't care to continue.

  • Hollis
    2019-01-19 20:40

    This was the poorest of all the Dalai lama books I read. It's literally written with someone else (as opposed to his usual translations) and while is probably more accessible to a business person, ends up being very disjointed. I didn't finish it

  • Adam
    2019-01-28 12:25

    This was a decent leadership book. In my many military leadership courses, I've read better, but I appreciated the Dalai Lama's approach of responsiblility in thought and action. Personal, corporate and governmental responsibility would go a long way toward a more harmonious world.

  • Given Mbethe
    2019-01-24 18:24

    It is a perfect balance. The best of both worlds. An almost perfect equilibrium. Balancing everything is better than having focusing too much on one factor as it has been proven already that life is dynamic. Consider as many factors as possible when chasing your dreams.

  • Cosuma
    2019-01-24 20:21

    "Examinses capitalism and Buddhism in a fascinating way, and adds a vaulable dimension to the vaules and ethical standards that form the basis for responsible leadership in business."Prof. C.O. Herksträter, former CEO of Shell and Chairman of ING

  • Soojung Jo
    2019-01-22 17:35

    The message is fantastic, but the book itself was lacking something. Sadly, I found it a bit boring.

  • Lindsey
    2019-01-30 14:30

    While there was some really great information in this book, I found it to be repetitive and my mind often wandered while listening to it (on audiobook).

  • Karen Georgia
    2019-01-30 14:21

    Great leadership tips based on Buddhist principles. Excellent!

  • Any Length
    2019-02-10 14:26

    lot's of merit in what is said in this book.

  • David
    2019-01-19 15:15

    Talking book version, not bad but as I only listen to it last thing at night I keep falling asleep