Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Human Potential


Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. Professor M.S. Rao

Show Notes

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is ranked the #1 Top Global Thought Leader and Influencer on Entrepreneurship.


He is the Father of “Soft Leadership” and the Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, in India.

He is an International Leadership Guru with forty years experience as an exec coach. A prolific author, amassing  fifty books including the award-winning ‘See the Light in You’ An inspiring book in which the Holiness Dalai Lama wrote the foreword.

This book, Enlightens readers to lead every moment of their lives with purpose and meaning, and implores you to follow the philosophy of ‘health first, education second, and wealth third’ to lead a happy and meaningful life.

A true inspiration of resilience, determination and grit, he is recovering after having  caught COVID, and suffered a brain haemorrhage. Where he was in bed for five months and his right hand was paralysed.

Professor Rao has a lifetime goal to build one million students as global leaders by 2030. To bag a Nobel Prize, and to become the President of India.

Ross and Professor Rao talk about leadership, coaching, his books, resilience, creating global leaders, recovery, sharing knowledge, the air force, getting over health issues, toxic families, entrepreneurship, acquiring knowledge, health, education and wealth. The pair also discuss philosophy, gender equality, holistic approaches, the Dalai Lama, student suicide, mental health, writing, adding value, AI, technology, being passionate, patience, persistence, unlearning, relearning and interactions.


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  • 00:37 Professor M.S. Rao's background
  • 02:24 Goals
  • 04:14 Overcoming challenges
  • 05:52 Being disciplined
  • 10:50 Soft leadership
  • 15:31 The inspiration behind the book 'Soft Leadership'
  • 20:59 Sharing a message through books
  • 23:27 Adapting after having a stroke
  • 27:58 Essential skills to focus on for future success
  • 31:03 Tips for daily practice

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