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"Behind the Scenes"

The Art of Supportive Leadership

A Practical Guide for People in Positions of Responsibility
by Swami Kriyananda (J. Donald Walters)



Paramhansa Yogananda sometimes wrote on practical, worldly subjects even though his primary interest was people's spiritual lives. He always insisted, moreover, that the search for God includes uplifting one's consciousness in everything one does. As he once told me, "You must be practical in your idealism."

In my own service to him, therefore, I have written a number of books that, from a spiritual point of view, explore matters of practical interest.

The Art of Supportive Leadership is such a book. My incentive for writing it was a visit to Australia in about 1980, during which I was called on to answer many questions about communities. I had been invited "down under" to speak on the need for communities. What I found were that people tended to be skeptical on the subject, especially about the role in communities of leadership.

I've never read any books on leadership, and had therefore to speak from my experience. My audiences appreciated the answers I gave to their questions. After my return to America, it occurred to me that this subject needed a new approach everywhere.

Since the publication of this book, it has had a gratifying impact on the business world and has also, I believe, helped to create a certain new understanding of the role of leadership in the modern age.



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