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Hyderabad, Feb. 12

DRAWING from folklore and fables, a city hotelier and a management teacher have attempted to piece together a neat guide to people aspiring to become leaders in their own fields of activity.

Mr Murali K. Reddy, Managing Director of Green Park Group of Hotels, and Dr K. Seshaiah, Professor of Management, have compiled the book titled `21 leadership lessons, through ancient wisdom.' The authors have used simple stories to illustrate important traits of leadership. For example, the most sought after leadership trait of vision is narrated through the story of An `Old and Visionary Bird.'

The idea is to enthuse and motivate ordinary people to emerge as leaders. "We thought the best way was to explain in the idiom that people understood best - stories, than in management jargon," they said. Stories not just from the Indian Panchatantra, Mahabharata and Ramayana, but Aesop's fables and Greek and Chinese classics have been researched to explain the qualities needed for leadership.

For example, the authors pick on the story of Ulysses and `The Trojan Horse,' to illustrate how decision making is a very crucial quality of leadership.

In this case, a wrong decision by Paris, the Trojan Prince, leads to unprecedented loss.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 13, 2006)
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