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5 new books to enhance your leadership skills in 2021

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Today’s leadership perceptions have changed, and effective leadership may necessitate a new mandate for leaders and the businesses they lead. 

Leadership in 2021 will be about adaptation, resilience, and continuous learning to stay ahead of future difficulties. Internal leadership management will be just as critical as dealing with external company difficulties. Business leaders must also be able to provide mental, professional, and financial support to their teams. You cannot bring out the best in others or your organization until you are the greatest version of yourself.

Based on our findings, we’ve selected a few books that will help you improve your leadership skills and flourish in the face of adversity.

Friday Forward: Inspiration & Motivation to End Your Week Stronger Than It Started   

Robert Glazer’s Friday Forward is a book that will help you improve your capacity to inspire and connect with others. It draws on 52 of the most powerful stories from Glazer’s groundbreaking newsletter of the same name, which has reached over 100,000 people in 60 countries. Glazer’s book can assist you in making a noticeable effect within and even outside of your organization for the development of your company and yourself.

Unleashed: The Unapologetic Leader’s Guide to Empowering Everyone Around You 

Frances Frei is regarded as one of the leading scholars on leadership and provides unique perspectives. Anne Morriss, one of the most sought-after names in the genomics field, has linked up with her. Frei’s work is a heady mix of grit and strength for leaders looking to toughen up against adversity. You’ll learn about essential initiatives done by high-performing organizations that can help you step up your game as a motivator.

Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life 

Limitless contains Jim Kwik’s ideas for expanding your mind, improving your performance, and overcoming difficulties like a champion. Many mindset-changing exercises and approaches are included in this book to help you make faster decisions, absorb knowledge faster, and develop the mindset to master new skills. Top executives will want to read this book because of Kwik’s practical approach.

Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story 

Benjamin Hardy offers advice on how to improve our personalities so that we can be our best selves. This is another action-oriented book that necessitates self-reflection to achieve the desired shift in views, behaviours, and settings. The year 2021 is the ideal time to break free from your previous self-image and create something new. To get the best outcomes, change your personality.

Girl Decoded: A Scientist’s Quest to Reclaim Our Humanity by Bringing Emotional Intelligence to Technology 

How can we become self-aware and operate as a repository of knowledge and consciousness too to effect transformational change? Rana el Kaliouby describes her path of metamorphosis in her book, which heralds a technological revolution. Kalioby’s tale demonstrates how leaders may use their experiences to transform themselves into change agents.

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4 Must Reads – Straight from Elon Musk’s recommendation list

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Elon Musk’s reading collection includes science fiction classics as well as complicated literature on cutting-edge technologies. His vision as the leader of some of the world’s most valuable companies makes it interesting to take a peek into the inner workings of his mind. Musk is also known for sharing his suggestions on social media. 

Let’s evaluate some fascinating reads from his recommendations.

Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson 

This book chronicles the ambitious and adventurous life of Apple’s brilliant entrepreneur and eccentric creator. Steve Jobs covers the man’s successful enterprises, beginning with his early experiences with spirituality and LSD and ending at the pinnacle as a worldwide technology superstar. This is a well-researched book that goes into the thinking of the man behind the world’s most valuable technological business.

Life 3.0, by Max Tegmark

The Brief Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, Elon Musk’s latest book, is one of the few that explores the idea of AI being used for good rather than harm in the world. Max Tegmark, an MIT scientist, addresses how to keep Artificial Intelligence helpful to humans while simultaneously ensuring that technological progress is consistent with humanity’s long-term goals.

The Big Picture, by Sean M. Carroll

The Big Picture is a bold examination of the world we live in and how we may make sense of the vast majority of it through scientific thought. It teaches readers how to think about the most difficult things, such as the origins of life, awareness, and the cosmos itself, using a deductive approach. Sean Carroll is a practicing theoretical physicist with some unique philosophical perspectives. Sean invented the phrase “poetic naturalism”, which is addressed in the book.

Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom

Superintelligence is intended to be a serious, hard-headed examination of the impending arrival of computers that are far smarter than humans. Musk has often warned about the dangers of unfettered Artificial Intelligence, and this book examines the pitfalls of taking technology too far too soon. 

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Freshwork’s inspiring success story makes employee crorepatis

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Freshworks IPO has made 500 employees crorepatis

Freshworks Inc., led by Girish Mathrubootham, became the first Indian Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company to get on the NASDAQ, which helped the valuation of the company reach a sky-high value of $13 billion.

Through stock options, around 500 of Girish’s employees turned into ‘crorepatis’, out of which 70 are said to be under 30.

Born to a former bank officer in 1975, Girish co-founded Freshdesk (now Freshworks) with Shan Krishnasamy in 2010. Atwell College from Australia was the first of many clients on board. The company managed to get 22 clients worldwide in the initial days.

Entrepreneurship is never a smooth journey, with success never guaranteed. “Success and happiness are two different things – One should focus on staying happy irrespective of what is happening around you. We always hold the key to our happiness,” says Girish.

Girish also mentions how grateful he is to all his employees and that the 500 new ‘crorepatis’ deserved a reward for their contribution over the years. About 4300 of Freshwork Inc’s employees globally hold equity options in the company.

Girish strongly believes in mentorship. He also founded SaaSBooMi, a community of founders who share hard-learned experiences by making these learnings available to all. “Passion and purpose are more important than almost anything else,” said Girish talking about young entrepreneurs looking to leave their mark. In the long run, he hopes to build a SaaS company that is recognized globally.

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Shaji Thomas: The Indian Superhero who is saving the Amazon Rainforest

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Global warming, forest depletion, and other hazardous effects on our environment have been increasing rapidly as days go by. There are still a few souls who do everything they can to make sure they somehow play a part in saving us from what is known as the end of our existence.

One such hero is Shaji Thomas. He has been in a fight for the last 26 years to protect and save the Amazon Rainforests of Brazil. Here is a look into his heroic struggle to ensure a better future for us all. 

Shaji Thomas: Guardian of the Amazon Rainforest

Shaji Thomas who hails from Kerala carried his bags and shifted to Brazil as a young student. This young smart superhero is now an environmental conservationist and a lawyer, but what is more fascinating about him is the fact that he stayed back after his education for one special cause.

Shaji Thomas decided to fight and protect the Amazon Forests of Brazil and the rights for the 60 plus communities that reside in the region. This passion began when he was in his mid-twenties and was a part of the Quilombola Community. 

The battle was not easy in the beginning. Thomas had to acquire Brazilian citizenship and become the only Indian-origin lawyer in the region. He stood up to the mafia and lived on a boat in the rivers of the Amazon for years. 

This superhero has been holding up a strong fight for years but there is still a lot of work to do. Climate change is something that has been on the rise leading to major destruction of the rainforests. Thomas claims that almost 20 sq. km burns every year due to forest fires.

Shaji Thomas is working hard every year and inspiring people all over the world to play their part to ensure that the Earth’s lungs are safeguarded, and we have a sustainable future.

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