Leadership by Example

The Ten Key Principles of All Great Leaders

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher

Thomas Dunne Books

An accessible and inspiring guide to good leadership based on a popular lecture that Dr. Chopra has presented to thousands
Very few of us are leaders all the time, in everything we do, but all of us can become a leader in specific situations. In a committee, in business, at a social club or at a religious institution, we all find a time in our lives when we can lead. Few people set out knowingly to become leaders, rather they see a need and they find a way of dealing with it, and often others choose to follow their example.
Based on a talk that he has given to more than 60,000 people in at least seven countries, the “LEADERSHIP” mnemonic that Dr. C hopra explains is as follows: L - listen well. E - empathy. A - attitude. D - dreams and decisiveness. E - effectiveness. R - resilience. S - a sense of purpose. H - humility and humor. I - integrity and imagination. P - principles, and willingness to pack other people’s parachutes. Drawing from his experience as Faculty Dean for Continuing Education for Harvard Medical School as well as the writings and lives of great leaders throughout history, this easy-to-read, inspiring book will serve as a reminder and a guide to becoming leaders in our own lives.


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Dr. James O’Toole, the Daniels Distinguished Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and the bestselling author of eighteen books, has become well known for his work in understanding corporate culture and the traits of leadership. “The true leader is a listener,” he wrote. “The leader listens to the ideas, needs, aspirations and wishes of the followers and then within the context of his or her own well developed system of beliefs responds to these in the appropriate fashion.”


Praise for Leadership by Example

"Sanjiv Chopra masterfully weaves threads of wisdom into a wonderful tapestry of inspiration that will energize and motivate the head and heart to action. His book is a must read for those who aspire to attain the highest form of servant leadership."

--Charles R. Denham, Senior Fellow, Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative; Chairman, TMIT

“In all my years in academic medicine, the most important lecture I have ever had the pleasure of attending was 'The 10 Tenets of Leadership' by Professor Sanjiv Chopra. Now available in hard copy, it is a ‘must read’ that illustrates how we all can be leaders in our own areas of endeavor thereby making the world a much better place.”

--Melvin E. Clouse, MD, Deaconess Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

"Great leaders may move mountains, but first they must move people — by inspiring and connecting with them. In this engaging book, Dr. Chopra displays an encyclopedic perspective on leadership across cultures and through time. He goes to the heart of leadership to reveal that qualities such as integrity, empathy, humility, and passion are essential for anyone who wants to harness the talents of others to accomplish a shared goal. So too is the ability to listen. Those seeking an inclusive leadership model will discover much value in these pages."

--Dipak C. Jain, Dean, INSEAD

"Thoroughly inspiring and motivating. Challenging the convention that to be a leader you need to have followers, the book very effectively inspires to uncover the greatness in EVERY individual. In an interesting narrative that is loaded with excellent quotes, Dr. Chopra has very clearly laid out the underlying principles that define leaders. I would recommend reading the book over and over again periodically to be constantly reminded of the qualities that each of us can develop to bring out the leader in us."

--Zunaira Munir, Managing Director, Strategize Blue

"Sanjiv Chopra’s book is a layman’s inspiration to leadership. He shows that leadership is not rabble-rousing. It is not just Mark Antony holding forth with the dead body of Caesar by his side. It is a multi-dimensional energy that also requires fever, passion and the will to achieve, whatever one’s vocation. In a truly inspirational style, Sanjiv gently guides you over ten commanding leadership steps. If you can catch the infection of his passion and his fever, leadership will surely come your way. As someone who has had the privilege of leading a 65,000-strong police force of India’s capital city of Delhi, I learnt my leadership skills on the job. I wish Sanjiv’s book was with me in those days."
--Vijay Karan, Former Commissioner of Police, Delhi, India; Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, India

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  • Dr. Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher

  • DR. SANJIV CHOPRA is Professor of Medicine & Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Clinical Hepatology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He has approx 100 publications and 4 specialist books to his credit. He has received numerous awards including  the Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard Medical School. With Dr. Alan Lotvin and David Fisher, he is the author of Live Better, Live Longer. He lives in Weston, Massachusetts.

    DAVID FISHER is the author of more than fifteen NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers. He lives in New York.

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Leadership by Example

The Ten Key Principles of All Great Leaders

Dr. Sanjiv Chopra with David Fisher



Thomas Dunne Books