Book Review - Leadership Lessons From 22 Yards


Title - Leadership Lessons From 22 Yards
Author - Srikanth Ram
Publisher - BecomeShakespeare
Genre - Self Help/Motivational
ISBN - 978-93-90543-03-8

This is certainly one of its kind book which would give you goosebumps when you finish reading this. This is a real life experience of the author, who at one point in time was doing extremely well(thanks to his Father) but had to face the wrath of dishonesty when his father gets cheated by his partner and subsequently he gets a massive heart attack and eventually succumbing to it. Srikanth, who use to be a cricket aficionado and a player himself, couldn't make it big in the field of Cricket but the interaction he and his brother had with his father before he left for heaven, made him understand the nuances and was  also a life turning event.

Firstly, I was moved by the Cover Page. It is designed extremely well which gives you a perfect hint of what you can expect from this book. The book begins with a perfect quote from the author which says " we don't see Corporate Leaders performing the act of Leadership ; Live a Wankhede Stadium"

With the foreword being written by Dilip Vengsarkar, the book has 12 gems (read it as topics) which brings out the best - combining Cricket and Leadership.

By pointing out that numbers do make a valid point about the leadership, it alone does not tantamount to a perfect leadership, author drives it a point that those who are behind numbers all the time may not be the true leader. He also points about subtly that, a Leader is mature enough to pass on that baton to the others, when the time arrives. Have we not seen this in many instances? Author says that though this is the most underrated one, but an essential character of a leader. He doesn’t believe in leaders being born but can be taught and trained - as they say “Training makes a man, perfect”.

The book has references of Azim Premji, Narayanamurthy, Kapil Dev, Amitabh Bachchan, MAK Pataudi, Ratan Tata, Mukesh Ambani, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Mithali Raj, Rahul Dravid among others.

Author has always followed the 3D lifestyle - Discipline, Determination & Dedication that was imparted on him by his father.

Do you know how much of a struggle did Marvan Atapattu go through?

What similarities does Anand Mahindra and Steve Waugh have?

Who made author find his Ikigai?

12 steps to find your “why” in life

The recollection of some of the popular sayings are worthy to be mentioned here:

MAK Pataudi's famous dialogue “I only lost my sight, not my vision

In life and business, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate” by author's brother Sandeep.

The difference between being connected and connection by Swami Vivekananda is an eye opener. 

After being inspired by Azim Premji Foundation, Author decided to give 40% of the net worth to help buddying entrepreneurs and 20% towards philanthropy. This is a massive step considering the fact that the brand/company he founded is spread over 120 countries with over 20,000 employees. Hats Off to him for this great and noble gesture.

Action to Readers - in the end of each episode is something you shouldn’t miss...

My take on this book - This is an absolute delight for Cricket lovers and if you think you're NOT successful, you should definitely read this since Success won't come overnight but is earned through dedication and years of hard work.

This book is available on Amazon