Published by: Jaico Publishing House
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.