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 is a counseling therapist, a wellbeing consultant and a teacher of mindfulness. He is also a writer-editor and has written on topics ranging from strategic marketing and business management to art, culture and even philosophy. His more than 1500 published stories—articles, interviews, full-length features—have appeared in some of the leading newspapers and magazines of India. He is the author of What a thought!, a critically acclaimed self-improvement book based on powerful ideas of some of the greatest thought leaders. Manoj runs Complete Wellbeing and believes that "peace begins with me".


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