on April 27, 2009
Let it be clear at the outset that this book is not about Buddhism as a religion. Dalai Lama, in all his talks and writings, has made it abundantly clear that his observations are meant to help people lead a good and responsible life and that people who do not believe in any religion can also lead a good and responsible life. His message of kindness and self-responsibility is universal.
Born out of decade of dialogue between HH the Dalai Lama and an international management consultant, Laurens Van Den Muyzenberg, Leader's Way aims 'to enable readers and leaders to understand more clearly what happens in their minds and in the minds of others, particularly in the context of leadership'(p.3). The book starts with the insightful premise that a leader's ability to make right decisions depends upon what the Dalai Lama calls "a calm, collected, and concentrated mind."
The entire message of the book can be summed up in two phrases: Right View and Right Conduct. If your conduct is based on right view, your decisions as a leader will be more effective and satisfying. What is right view? Right view in part has to do with our intentions and motivations underlying our actions. When we are motivated by the intention to avoid harm and to help increase the well-being of others, our decisions contribute to the happiness and prosperity of all involved.
When these twains of right view and right conduct are applied to the world economy and marketplace, we are able to create what Laurens Muyzenberg calls "responsible free-market economy."
Highly recommended to those who are looking for a mindful way to lead and manage organizations in a world plagued by greed, hatred, and self-centeredness.
Peace and Harmony!
Dr. Satinder Dhiman
Associate Dean, School of Business
Professor and Chair, MBA Program
Woodbury University, Burbank, California
Co-author: The Workplace and Spirituality: New Perspectives on Research and Practice (2009). Skylight Paths Publishing.
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.