Leading from the Heart: Sufi
Principles at Work merges
management with spirituality. The
author has given Sufi sagacity, a
theme of spirituality, a new
dimension by blending it with
leadership in all realms of life. The
book is an attempt to sensitize the
hearts and fill the souls of
managers and leaders with Sufi
sagacity. It aspires to rebuild
confidence in ancient values,
virtues and wisdom, which are
distancing from us with the
passage of time. It assists readers in
taking a sharp U-turn from ‘what
we think is good’ to ‘what is really
Within these pages, the reader will
find an exhaustive study of many
Sufis and their thoughts in prose
and poetry. Besides Sufis, the book
also focuses on Chinese
philosophy, especially Wu Wei,
Tai Chi, Yin/Yang and iChing, and
on Lao Tzu’s book Tao Te Ching.
These complex philosophies have
been presented in an accessible
Moid Siddiqui is the
Managing Director of
Intellects Biz, which
is highly regarded for
its innovative training
workshops on management
themes. Triple post-graduate in
Sociology, Political Science, and
Social Work and Business
Management, he is popularly
known as the ‘Management Monk.
Mr Siddiqui has served corporate
India in senior and board-level
positions with premier public and
private sector organizations. He
has also served a management
institute— Centre for Organization
Development (COD)—as Senior
Professor. He is the author of 15
books on management themes,
including Corporate Soul, Who Will
Bell the Cat? and The Acrobatics of
Change (all published by SAGE),
and numerous articles in
professional journals of high
repute. His spiritual work has
found place in the famous Chicken
I have once again submitted to the direction of Management
Monk Moid Siddiqui in penning this foreword for his latest masterpiece Leading from the Heart—Sufi Principles at Work. As Moid’s
co-author of The Acrobatics of Change (2008), I was launched as an
author entirely due to his motivation, guidance and inspiration.
For unfathomable reasons, Moid sahib continues to embarrass me
by heaping praises on me which I do not deserve. However, for
me his wish is always a command and I consider it a great privilege and honour to write the foreword of this book.
I have gone through the draft of Leading from the Heart. 1 find my
heart and soul in supreme harmony with the central theme of this
book, which can be encapsulated in the following extract:
Fill your heart with so much love and passion that there remains no place for
hatred. For this you are required to undertake a great journey—a journey from
your head to heart. The common DNA of all great leaders is they travelled from
head to heart, they lead from within.
I strongly recommend the approach of this book, which focuses
on learning from Sufism. The emphasis on secularism, journey
from head to heart, marinating leadership in humility and leading
from inside out are compelling, lyrical and over-powering. Moid
sahib has consistently focused on the human aspects of management in today’s crassly materialistic environment where the pre-
dominant value is to be ‘value-less’. The relevance of Moid will
grow exponentially as we witness further degradation of human
actions. Like a true pioneer, Moid continues to relentlessly walk a
narrow, dark and treacherous path, constantly singing hymns till
his tongue bleeds for upholding the values of humanism, secularism, spiritualism and Sufism.
We all grapple with contradictions and paradoxes in our daily
existence on planet earth. Sadly, we are witnessing constant deterioration in the moral fibre of human society. The true Sufi is one
who never gives up, no matter what the odds. Moid is a genuine
Sufi who has written books with titles like Corporate Soul, Soul Inc.
and 50 Soul Stories. His writings relentlessly reinforce moral values
and these are powerfully brought out in Leading from the Heart.
It is my fond hope that this book will reach the widest possible
range of readers. This is ‘A Must Read Book’ for all persons who
are engaged in genuine efforts of self-improvement and in battling
nearly insurmountable challenges in day-to-day life. Books continue to be one of the most powerful tools for gaining knowledge
and wisdom. It is my sincere hope that Leading from the Heart will
inspire all those who read it and contribute to their inner awakening. The awakened readers will then make consistent and serious
efforts to change their value systems. The changed value systems
will be reflected in their changed actions. Only then the cycle will
I conclude this foreword with the fervent appeal to readers of
this book to always spot the glow worms in the pitch darkness of
hopelessness. We should lead ‘from the Heart’. We should be part
of the solution and not the problem. We should attempt to see
the divine light in this enveloping darkness. If this happens, Moid
would have succeeded in his noble mission of imparting Sufi values
in today’s kalyug.
May all readers take their first tentative and unsure steps as
they embark on the journey of Leading from the Heart based on the
values on Sufism. I strongly recommend this book to all readers
who are prepared to accept and unleash their inherent nobility.
We should all regenerate our innate sense of goodness and justice
and crush negative and materialistic values. Let us all attempt to
lead from the Heart.
The ancient Indian sages called the era in which we live today as
Kali Yuga (age of the demon or the age of vices). As per Indian
scriptures, this is the last of four stages the world goes through as
part of the cycle of yugas. The other ages are Satya Yuga, Treta Yuga
and Dvapara Yuga. What the ancient sages could see, our eyes can-
not see. But nothing prevents us pondering upon: Are we not living
in the era where something strange 1s happening—profane 1s taken as pure and
sacred 1s mistaken as sordid?
There are two ways to think and shape our approach—Surrender
or Strive! I have opted for the latter. Our job is to build the Ark before the Deluge strikes. God helps those who help themselves. God
bends the heavens and paves the path with success for those who
demonstrate courage. Who built the Ark? Noah—the leader of the
community. A single leader could save the entire community. Leaders are important. The corrupted leaders can corrupt the world and
corporate world; the honest leaders can protect the world and corporate world with their sagacity. Sufi Sagacity is the need of the day.
Our sages, saints and Sufis never defy. What they said hundreds
of years back, today we are witnessing the degeneration in societies. The pace of value-corruption is fast, which is accelerating with
every cockcrow. What didn’t happen in eons has happened in the
recent past few decades! I wonder if this is happening by chance!
Well, to me, just like a crazy monkey by mindlessly pressing the
keys of the keyboard cannot create a poem of Shakespeare, the
events shaping our worlds are but a well-articulated master plan.
Since the degeneration is taking place at the level of leadership,
the corrective measures should also be taken at the same level.
Hence this attempt to rekindle the soul of leadership, through this
book Leading from the Heart: Sufi Principles at Work.
I recognize it is not easy to sell the truth with sweet words.
Lao Tzu—the Old Master—said over 2,500 years back: ‘Truthful words are not beautiful and beautiful words are not truthful.’
The readers will sometime find some of the text punctuated with
harsh words and loud viewpoints, which, in fact, contains medicinal value.
The architect of the problems cannot become the Messiah.
Nevertheless, today it is happening. Sitting on the riches of the
ill-gotten coffers, many corrupt leaders sermonise their people to
leave corruption. Those who are unchaste preach people to be
chaste. Further, some political leaders try to seek solution through
legislation. They understand not that the problems of such high
magnitude cannot be solved through legislative resolutions. This
will not grind until we go to the root of the problem. For this rea-
son we need Sufi Sagacity in leadership. Going to the roots is an
art that we can learn from Kung Fu Tzu (Confucius). If the leaders
want to understand their people, there is no other root to reach
them except through the heart. If the leaders want their people to
be virtuous, first they have to fill their hearts with love and wisdom.
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