City of Bath, UK:
Author and academician Professor Mahul Brahma launched his eighth book in the City of Bath in UK, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
The book was launched by author, musician and academician Professor John Strachan, who is Pro Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University. The event took place at a heritage restaurant The Pump Room in the historic site of The Roman Bath.
Bath reflects two great eras in human history: Roman and Georgian.
During the launch, Professor Strachan said: “I am very glad to launch my friend Professor Mahul Brahma’s wonderful new book ‘Aesthetic Leadership in Luxury’. This is a culmination of a series of insightful and persuasive mediations on our culture and I wish it very well.”
Post this event at The Roman Bath, the book was also unveiled at the Bath Business School, Bath Spa University in the presence of fellow academicians at the Newton Park campus.
Professor Brahma is a Visiting Research Fellow at Bath Business School, Bath Spa University and he was invited in the UK as an Academic Visitor.
Professor Brahma said: “I thank my friend Professor John Strachan, fellow academicians at Bath Business School and Bath Spa University for the invitation and their unflinching support.
‘Aesthetic Leadership in Luxury’ aims to unveil a new facet of leadership based on aesthetics that dominates the luxe industry. It explores how aesthetics is pivotal to the multi-billion-dollar “quite luxury” market comprising uber-rich consumers who are classified as Connoisseurs and Aesthetes.
This book is a research-based manual for a CXO as well as a luxury brand to transform into an Aesthetic Leader.”
In the book the author has cited an interesting case study from India on aesthetic leadership of two brothers Ketan and Jatin Chokshi of Narayan Jewellers and how they managed to establish the prowess of aesthetics and design at a very young age in a nearly century-old brand.
Professor Brahma says in the book, “No matter how much unconventional it is to cite the example of a tech company in luxury business, I can’t possibly explain this without citing the example of Steve Jobs and Apple.
Steve Jobs created a mythic value for not only him but also for his company – a combination of two contradictions of aesthetics or design and technology.
Apple’s obsession with design has made it a leader and Jobs has communicated the obsession with design in every demonstration during the launches. He not only established his prowess as an aesthetic leader, but also established the supremacy of Apple as an aesthetic leader in the industry.”
The book aims at understanding the uniqueness of businesses that are dependent on beauty, art, design and why these need unique leadership acumen wherein the leader himself or herself has to be an integral part of generating the competitive advantage – aesthetics.
Professor Brahma is a PhD and D.Litt. He is a two-time Sahityakosh Samman Awardee, a TEDx speaker on the mythic value of luxury.
He is a luxury commentator, columnist, and author of eight books – Aesthetic Leadership in Luxury, The Mythic Value of Luxury, Mostly Missing: Be Silly Be Slow, How to Communicate Strategically in Corporate World, Quarantined: Love in the Time of Corona, and The Luxe Trilogy comprising Decoding Luxe, Dark Luxe and Luxe Inferno.
Brahma is a Professor and Dean of NSHM Media School in India. He is a former Dean and Professor of Adamas University in Kolkata. He was Chief Editor of publications and head of CSR, corporate communications and branding at a Tata group company mjunction for nearly eight years.
He has two decades of experience in journalism and communications. He has held senior editorial positions in leading media companies such as The Economic Times, CNBC TV18 group, ABP, and Reuters.
Aesthetic leadership may not only refer to creativity or vision, rather it may emerge from insight into cultural, political, or interpersonal issues as well; aesthetic statements on social injustice or crucial cultural concerns; or, at a more general level, provide alternative ways of seeing problems, history or received wisdom.
In this way, aesthetic leadership may either complement or contradict more traditional leadership forms, such as politics, religion, or management.
It may be that aesthetic leadership draws some of its power from the position of the aesthetic producer outside conventional leadership positions.