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Advance Praise

As a leader—and as a person—sit down with Hitendra for the conversation Inner Mastery, Outer Impact. You’ll find yourself in dialogue with a wise and wonderful expert who has devoted himself to understanding, and explaining, why and how when you grow as a person, you grow as a leader.
Angela Duckworth
New York Times Bestselling Author of Grit, UPenn Prof of Psychology and Founder, Character Labs
Hitendra Wadhwa has created a transformative guide in this masterful tapestry weaving biographical insights from wise leaders in our world with self-disclosing inner explorations of how to cultivate the equanimity and access to a “core self” that can liberate us to create skillful outer action. This wonderful book is filled with “aha” moments of intellectual surprise, compelling narrative suspense, and deep emotional and spiritual insights that have been a joy to receive and an inspiration to live a fuller and freer life in these challenging times. Bravo, and thank you!
Dan Siegel
New York Times Bestselling Author of IntraConnected, Aware, and Mind and Director, Mindsight Institute
Hitendra’s lessons are inspiring, valuable lessons for us all. This book addresses some of the most important areas where leaders and individuals go astray, and his lessons are life lessons, helping us better understand ourselves in meaningful, insightful ways and reaching our fullest potential. Hitendra’s work on Inner Mastery, Outer Impact has been invaluable to me and to our company. This book is full of wisdom and inspiration. I strongly recommend Hitendra’s book for other leaders, other organizations and for those who strive to improve themselves and the world around them.
Craig Boyan
President, H-E-B, 9th Largest Private Company in America and Texas’ Most Loved Consumer Brand
Professor Wadhwa offers a superb integration of ancient and modern wisdom and argues that the most powerful path to leadership and success can be found within. Highly recommended!
David Burns
Bestselling Author of Feeling Good and Professor Emeritus, Stanford Medical School
Hitendra draws on many enriching scientific discoveries about human nature, charting a course for each of us on how to live and lead a meaningful life in our complicated world. He relates powerful stories of people whose actions will help you see how much magic and grace exists within the core of your being. Prepare to walk away with a new, exhilarating understanding of humanity, life, and your own unique self.
Scott Barry Kaufman
Author, Podcaster and Popular Science Writer
This book is a user manual for life, as well as work. Hitendra breaks new ground by showing us that success in both life and work comes from the same source: the human spirit that lies at the core of our being. He charts a course each of us can take to pursue what we define as success.
Mick Ebeling
Fortune Top 50 Leader, Movie Producer and Founder, Not Impossible Labs
In an ever-changing world filled with distractions and opportunities, it’s challenging for many of us to harmonize who we are on the inside with who we think we should be on the outside. Inner Mastery, Outer Impact is an essential read for those of us who desire to live fully and freely by finding and following our inner voice.
Apolo Ohno
Speed Skater, Most Successful American Winter Olympics Athlete
A master class in finding yourself, discovering your purpose and living the life you were called to live, for both the religious and secular person, by the teacher of Columbia Business School’s most popular course. After you read this wise and compassionate book, you will see why.
James Martin, SJ
Jesuit Priest and Author of Learning to Pray
In this inspiring and energizing book, Hitendra Wadhwa ponders a question truth-seekers have asked for millennia: How can we find our true selves? His answers in Inner Mastery, Outer Impact are clear, hopeful, and accessible to all.
Arthur Brooks
Bestselling Author, Harvard Business School Professor, Atlantic Monthly Writer
A profound, yet highly relatable book written from deep insights, wisdom and caring.  It will draw out the better leader, follower and person in you.
Vinod Kumar
CEO, Vodafone Business
Hitendra has spent decades integrating the powerful ancient teachings with the modern science of human potential. In this way, he himself is a bridge between ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. His book shows us that we already possess power and peace inside us that is beyond what we can imagine and provides a path for us to realize this on our own. This book is a source of bright light for all.
David Greenspan
Founder, Slate Path Capital and Board Member, Columbia Business School

Create Success from the Inside-Out

10 things you'll get from this book

How your Inner Core is your greatest friend
100+ stories to instruct and inspire you from the lives of iconic and everyday heroes
How to find your true self – and vanquish your many false selves
A simple and personal approach to pursuing success in life and leadership
How to activate your 5 Core Energies
Cultivating expert intuition, creative intuition and spiritual intuition
How to release yourself from the prison of identity to soar to your full potential
Life and leadership lessons from Jobs, Puccini, Mandela, Elvis, Mother Teresa, Malcolm X, Gandhi and more
How ordinary people have become extraordinary leaders
What Shakespeare really meant when he said, “To thy own self be true…”

About the Book

All of us hunger for success, but struggle to balance the drumroll of the world with the beat of our own heart. Some of us pursue Outer Success, wanting to be liked and loved, lauded and rewarded. But in our quest for worldly glory, we may ignore the subtle stirring of our heart, waking up one day to realize just how far we have drifted from our personal ideals. Others among us seek Inner Success, wanting the freedom to pursue our personal passions. But in our quest to be true to ourselves, we may end up hurting, disappointing or antagonizing others, straining relationships and being sidelined.

It seems that our drives for Outer and Inner Success are destined to clash. But perhaps that’s only because we’ve been searching in the wrong places. This book shows how we can pursue what is important to us and fulfill our greatest potential by activating our Five Core Energies: Purpose, Wisdom, Growth, Love, and Self-Realization.

About Hitendra

As Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Mentora Institute, and Mentora Foundation, Hitendra has coached dozens of Fortune 100 C-suite executives and taught 10,000+ MBAs and Executives. His class on Personal Leadership & Success is one of the most popular at Columbia Business School, for which he has won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

Hitendra’s mission is to discover, codify and teach the laws of success in life and leadership. His research integrates the latest science of human nature, ancient wisdom, studies of great leaders, and the personal journeys of everyday heroes. Hitendra brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, human potential, and more.

Previously, Hitendra worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Co., and launched a venture-backed startup in Silicon Valley, Paramark, which was twice selected as a Top 100 Internet Technology company by Venture Wire/Technologic Partners. Hitendra holds a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Mathematics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and an MBA and PhD from MIT Sloan School of Management.

Hitendra Wadhwa
Wadhwa believes every employee should be encouraged to practice what he calls personal leadership. What’s personal leadership? It’s all about bringing out the best in yourself, the best in others and the best in all situations.
Hitendra Wadhwa has been teaching the wildly overenrolled course [on Personal Leadership and Success] to the current and future elite of American business. The award-winning professor promises not how to make a living but how to live.
Psychology Today
Personal Leadership & Success is one of the top 10 most popular electives for second-year MBA students at Columbia out of about 200 elective courses.
Fortune Magazine
The Indian guru with an unlikely message for the high-flying world of finance and business: Hitendra's lessons are about how to be a master of your self before trying to be a master of the universe.
BBC World Service

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Inner Mastery, Outer Impact is a perfect gift to offer your people. It guides the reader on how to let their true self shine through in everything they do, and how to create outer impact from a place of inner mastery. It will inspire every employee in your organization to take on the mantle of leadership, to bring out the best in themselves and the best in others. Buy the book in bulk for your people and get complimentary webinars and keynotes.

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