M.S. Dhoni – The Magic of Leadership - Book Summary

Cyrus M Gonda



This book elaborates on 55 astounding and profitable

leadership learnings from the professional and personal life of India’s most loved, trusted, and successful sport and cricket leader of all time, including:

VISION: The global management consulting firm – The Hay Group (founded way back in 1943) – through substantial study and research, has defined the key elements of Dhoni’s leadership as ‘visionary’ and ‘participative’ 

AMBITION: When Dhoni was offered captaincy of the national team within a couple of years of being part of the team, with many former captains still in the side, he confidently accepted and then paved the way to leadership success

OBSERVATION: Dhoni keenly observes the batsmen from the opposing team while they are at the crease; notes their stance, their weaknesses, and their moods as well. This is an essential skill a leader needs to develop to keep track of competition

COMMUNICATION: Dhoni, from his early days as wicket-keeper, did such a good job of effectively communicating his sharp observations, that the senior players started noticing his leadership potential, this being a prime reason he was offered the captaincy so early on in his career.

ACTION: Speed – the need of the hour. Dhoni holds the world-record for fastest stumping – 0:08 seconds – less time than it takes to blink an eye. In doing this, Dhoni broke his own previously held record

INNOVATION: Dhoni has several cricketing innovations to his name, including his profitable version of the spectacular ‘Helicopter Shot’

REPUTATION: Dhoni won the global ‘ICC Spirit of Cricket of the Decade Award’ for selfless and sporting actions on the cricket field

INSPIRATION: Dhoni has inspired leading cricketers from every cricketing country in the world with his unique brand of leadership. Gary Kirsten has said: “I would go to war with Dhoni by my side”

TRANSITION: After Dhoni took over captaincy, within quick succession, more than half the existing super-stars in the team retired. But he handled this transition phase so professionally, an even better team soon emerged under his leadership

DISTINCTION: Dhoni is the only captain across the globe to have led his national team to World Cup victories in all forms of cricket

COMPASSION: Dhoni giving up his business-class seat so team director George could sit comfortably, offering captaincy for a few overs to Ganguly who was playing his last match; multiple examples of Dhoni’s magnanimous nature are well known

Each of the 55 amazing learnings will inspire and enable you to become a better leader.


What will you learn from this book

What you will learn from this summary

In this summary, you will learn:

  1. What constitutes vision for Dhoni?
  2. What lessons can we learn from Dhoni’s values?
  3. Learn about Dhoni’s courage.
  4. Victories – the ultimate test of a leader.
Language English
No of pages 10
Book Publisher i-Read Publications
Published Date 01 Oct 2022

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Author : Cyrus M Gonda

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