About the Book
In today's day and age, people effortlessly equate the business environment to a battlefield, and rightly so! In many ways, business is a battle of strategies, tactics, wits, and character. This is where business leaders are like military leaders-they all fight for dominance and profit.
It is well known that there are several components of military training that can be vital in the corporate domain. There are numerous lessons that corporate managers can learn from military on motivation, team building, goal orientation, and organizational culture.
Leadership Lessons from the Military articulates what lessons from military leadership can be applied to the business context and how to go about it. The book shows how executives can leverage time-tested military practices to create lasting competitive advantage. Business leaders can learn how military leaders tie individual goals with the organizational goals, resulting in a highly motivated and committed workforce, which, in turn, augments organizational efficiency and enhances employee productivity and retention.
"This is a smart and candid book that offers excellent learning from military setting that can translate into the corporate setting. Professor Sharma demonstrates, through examples and memorable stories of military experiences, how to build careers in the corporate world."
Lieutenant General (Retd.) Dr Rajesh Kochhar, AVSM and Bar, SM, VSM
Director, Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education,
OP Jindal Global University
"Professor Sharma has very succinctly brought together a compilation of valuable military practices which offer a very good approach to today's competitive business environment. The book is also very relevant for those who desire to pursue post-army careers in the corporate world."
Major General (Retd.) T.S. Handa, SM
Head, Zydus Hospital, Anand
"An excellent book on how principles of military leadership and ethics can apply to the corporate world. This book is profoundly researched, insightful, and very interesting."
Head, Talent Management, Tata Teleservices Ltd
Table of Contents
Foreword Lt General (Retd.) Sanjeev Anand
Lessons of Leadership
Building Teams: Creating a Person-Organization Fit
Organizational Climate and Culture: Creating a Climate of Trust
Developing SOPs: Strategies and Tactics
Organizational Pride and Unity
About the Author
Dr Dheeraj Sharma is a faculty in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. He earned his doctoral degree with major in marketing, and double minor in psychology and quantitative analysis from Louisiana Tech University, USA. He has taught and presented research at numerous education institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Dr Sharma has been the recipient of many academic and professional awards. He is an American Marketing Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow and National Conference of Sales Management Doctoral Fellow. He was nominated for Clifford J. Robson Excellence in Teaching Award, and also for Erica and Arnold Rogers Excellence in Research Award for year 2009-2010. He was an associate editor of Journal of Marketing Channels, and also an editor of the Academy of Marketing Science proceedings. He is an active member of Academy of Marketing Science, Society of Marketing Advances, American Marketing Association, and World Marketing Congress. As a member of the aforementioned associations, he has served as a session chair, discussant, track chair, and executive member of organization committee.
Dr Sharma has over fifty publications in leading international journals, encyclopedias, books, and conference proceedings.
Dr Sharma has been involved in consulting projects and executive training with several multinational corporations, such as ICI Paints,Duncan Holdings LLC, Globe Rangers LLC to name a few. He served on board of India Canada Cultural and Heritage Association, Canada. He continues to be a special invitee to Army Management Studies Board of Indian Army.