Five ancient principles of leadership: The fable of the shipbuilder by Jack Myrick

This book is a metaphorical story teaching us key principles of leadership.


Published by: Jaico Publishing House

Pages: 91

Price: INR150

ISBN: 81-7992-580-3

Originally published as The Shipbuilder: Five Ancient Principles of Leadership, this book is a metaphorical story teaching us key principles of leadership, which is perhaps the most important ingredient of business management. What I found delightful is that even though the story is set in ancient Greece, some 2500 years ago, the principles that worked then seem as effective today.

Marcus, a shipbuilder, who’s facing a crisis because of acute shortage of workers, learns some invaluable lessons from Barnabas, the master shipbuilder. As he begins to apply the lessons, he witnesses a complete change of scene—his crew, who seemed apathetic and opportunistic only a few weeks ago, are willing to work late and put in much more.

The book is short and gets over in one sitting. But the lessons will stay with us forever.

Manoj Khatri
Manoj Khatri has spent the last two decades learning, teaching and writing about wellbeing and mindful living. He has contributed over 1500 articles for several newspapers and magazines including The Times of India, The Economic Times, The Statesman, Mid-Day, Bombay Times, Femina, and more. He is a counseling therapist and the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed best-selling book on self-transformation. An award-winning editor, Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".


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