The Way of the Leader: 25 Ideas for Leading Wisely in the Digital Age

  • 6h 47m 5s
  • B. H. Tan
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2022

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.

About the Author

BH Tan is a leadership consultant, executive coach, and author specializing in leadership development in culturally diverse environments. He is president of Lead Associates, based in Singapore. Over the last 20 years, he has worked with CEOs, VPs and middle managers in Asia, the United States, and Europe to bring greater value to their organizations.

BH Tan holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a Ph.D. in leadership studies. The author of The First-Time Manager in Asia, published by Marshall Cavendish andLeading with New Eyes, published by McGraw-Hill, he is a frequent contributor on leadership matters to training and development magazines and the business press.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Leadership Paradoxes
  • Chapter 2 - Systemic Thinking
  • Chapter 3 - Resolving Conflict Systemically
  • Chapter 4 - Influencing Without Authority
  • Chapter 5 - The Necessary Art Of Positive Politics
  • Chapter 6 - Fewer, Smarter and Better Meetings
  • Chapter 7 - Making Time Management An Organizational Priority
  • Chapter 8 - Be Wary of Quick Consensus
  • Chapter 9 - The High-Performing Leadership Team
  • Chapter 10 - Why We Need To Unlearn
  • Chapter 11 - Psychological Safety
  • Chapter 12 - Doing Less, Achieving More
  • Chapter 13 - We Need Stress, Just Not Too Much
  • Chapter 14 - In Search Of A Great Idea
  • Chapter 15 - Understanding Your Company’s Culture
  • Chapter 16 - Leading Across Culture
  • Chapter 17 - Leading In The Digital Age
  • Chapter 18 - Listening and Questioning
  • Chapter 19 - We Need More Women Leaders
  • Chapter 20 - Are You Ready For A Larger Role?
  • Chapter 21 - Seeking Your True Self
  • Chapter 22 - Cultivating The Unexpected
  • Chapter 23 - In Praise Of The Indirect Approach
  • Chapter 24 - Perspective-Taking
  • Chapter 25 - Humble Leadership