Pride and Purpose: The Genesis of Competent Leadership (Hardcover)
Our mental paradigm about leadership must shift, argues author Priya Somaiya, and Pride and Purpose achieves just that. It is a fascinating compilation of experiences and stories, and her tryst with leaders and leadership from all walks of life.
Not all of leadership is about positional power and control. Rather, most of it silently and sensitively engages with building and transforming lives, organisations and society. The complex intersection and convergence of diverse personalities, skills, styles and qualities in leaders presented in various chapters of the book appear to impact human experiences in similar and yet diverse ways. Leaders influence thought and perception, aspiration and motivation. They earn respect and trust. They create resolute will and discipline and demonstrate working through failure and pain. Leaders interface hugely with time and the elusive framework of the future. They role model risk-taking and a lasting passion for learning. Dr Somaiya's work weaves all these dimensions together in a converging mosaic around leadership behaviours, which appear to strengthen the significantly important pillars around which all leadership devolves-the feeling of pride and the anchoring of purpose in life.
About the Author
Priya Somaiya, ExecutiveDirector, Usha Skill Department (USD), is one of India's leading organisation development (OD) and human resource (HR) consultants.
In the course of a career spanning more than four decades, Dr Somaiya has essayed several roles, including that of OD and HR consultant, mentor, executive coach to senior leadership (CXO level), change interventionist and thought leader in the social development space. She has played a pivotal role in co-creating and advancing the community development vision and mission of a leading corporate firm in India. She has enabled leading business organisations-Hindustan Unilever, Sanofi India, ACC, Tata Group, ONGC and Hindustan Times-to handle intricate organisational complexities through various initiatives, such as succession planning, senior leadership team development, potential and talent assessment, and coaching and mentoring.
In her current role in USD, Dr Somaiya provides strategic leadership to community development. She spearheads community development initiatives in areas of entrepreneurship for rural women (spread across SAARC nations) and rural integrated development through non-formal education, the arrest of distress migration and poverty alleviation. Under her leadership, Usha Silai schools have grown to become a national movement aimed at women's empowerment.