Awakening A Leader’s Soul: Lessons through Immortal Poems, is a book about soulful leadership. Its central thesis is that in today’s VUCA world (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous) the most important asset of leaders is their souls, not their heads.
An inner awakening and an abiding sense of who leaders are and what they stand for is critical, since leadership roles rarely come with scripts and playbooks.
When confronted with ethical dilemmas and pragmatic quandaries, when forced to chose between right and right, when compelled to adapt and improvise, it’s not a priori prescriptions and theories that help resolve conflicts, but the abiding wisdom of their souls.
Unfortunately, traditional leadership training can’t cultivate and nurture this inner wisdom, since it targets mainly a leader’s head. But immortal poems can.
They are the world’s best teachers for fostering self-awareness and inner awakening: they are like mirrors that force leaders to confront their own humanity…or lack of it.
Through the pairing of key characteristics of soulful leadership, like in-check egos, importance of doubt, and perseverance with poems written by immortal poets like Shakespeare, Poe, Eliot, Frost, Whitman, Dickinson, Rumi, Rilke, and Gibran, the book encourages leaders to journey within and develop the practice of soulful leadership.