The Way of the Leader: 25 Ideas for Leading Wisely in the Digital Age
This handy guide for leaders of the digital age beautifully combines modern Western management thinking with ancient Eastern wisdom. Find out how contrasting mindsets of the East and West can unify instead of polarise. Also illustrated with thought-provoking ideas and real life scenarios from business and history.
In the history of human progress, the most fruitful developments take place at the intersection of different lines of thoughts. The timeless topic of leadership has for centuries always been dominated by the ideas and philosophies of Western thinkers, business executives and academics. For far too long, the voice from the East has been deafeningly silent. As Asia rises in the global economy, a question that begs an answer is, “What is the leadership tradition of the East and how will it play out globally?”
Leadership consultant BH Tan has written an outstanding exposition of the Asian perspective on leadership. He has drawn upon his deep appreciation of Daoist principles to propose a complementary approach to the Western-centric leadership mindset. A lifelong student of Eastern and Western thinking and leadership, he challenges some of our most cherished truths and perspectives. “Either-or” is out. The “both-and” philosophy will lead us to a better future in this complex, chaotic yet interconnected world. This is the essence of leadership paradoxes. When we integrate both streams of thinking, we transcend contradictions and tap into greater possibilities for progress and creativity. This can only help us lead more wisely and courageously.
Each of the 25 chapters is fabulously written, easy to read, with plenty of real-life cases drawn from the author’s many decades of experience working alongside leaders around the world. This is the author’s third book on leadership.
“An outstanding exposition of the Asian perspective on leadership.
Leaders in the East and West will benefit from BH Tan’s engaging book.”
–MARSHALL GOLDSMITH, Executive leadership coach and author
B H Tan is the president of Lead Associates based in Singapore and is a leading executive coach, leadership consultant and educator in Asia specializing in leadership development in a culturally diverse environment. For the last 15 years, he has worked with CEOs, presidents, VPs and middle managers in Asia, the United States and Europe, and top executive teams to enhance their growth and effectiveness and to bring greater value to their organizations. He also conducts talks and training workshops for corporations throughout the Asia-Pacific, the United States and Western Europe. In the early part of his career, he was a senior VP in several well-known multinationals.
He is a firm believer that organizations — and indeed the world at large — will be a better place if there is greater appreciation of Eastern thinking and philosophies. Now is the time for more Asian thought leaders to step forward to share their ideas, and he invites readers to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.leadassociates.com.sg.
“BH Tan has done it again. The Way of the Leader beautifully combines modern management thinking with ancient Eastern wisdom. Each of the 25 chapters is fabulously written, easy to read, with plenty of relatable examples to help any leader to grow. My own leadership journey is already greatly enhanced, thanks to this book!”
“Another thought-provoking book from BH Tan. He has drawn upon his deep appreciation of Daoist principles to propose a complementary approach to the Western-centric leadership mindset. We should all pay careful attention. Enlightening, yet practical. A delight to read.”
Professor of Leadership, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
"Leadership writing has always been dominated by the ideas and thinking of Western business executives, academics and pundits. It is so refreshing to discover a book from Asia that gives us pause to challenge some of our most cherished truths and perspectives. As BH Tan puts it so powerfully,'either-or' is out. The ‘both-and’ philosophy has far reaching consequences that can lead us to a better future."