Narcissus in the boardroom

Media encomiums and the feeling of self-importance are shimmering mirages in the desert of self-delusion


R Gopalakrishnan
Every person’s perspective is partial because the experiences of that person fashion their perspectives, even though the experiences account for a miniscule part of what really happened. One of my bosses used to say, “Beware of winning an award or appearing on a magazine cover; it may be the kiss of death, signalling the future decline of a successful career.” He was mortified by fame and public glare, which tend to consume even balanced leaders. A chief executive officer, indeed, all prominent leaders, must learn to survive the seductive spotlight of public attention, a major job hazard even though it may be only a temporary spotlight. 

Our Rigveda mentions the word, charaiveti, a Sanskrit sandhi of chara eva iti, which
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First Published: May 17 2022 | 11:41 PM IST

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