Learning Series 20 : LEADERSHIP QUALITIES

In continuation with my Learning Series; adapted from a motivating and inspiring write-up which I felt would be very useful for both students and the Society as a whole with day – to – day instances, to encourage positive thinking  and improve efficiency !!

LEADERSHIP  QUALITIES  (BE THE LEADER!) :  Are leaders born or made? If you look at the lives of famous leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, you can guess that leaders are not born. With a vision for a change, hard work and commitment, leaders are made. This write-up teaches you how to develop such Leadership Qualities!

Learn about these people and know about their leadership qualities.

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Born in 1967, Satya Narayana Nadella is an Indian born American business executive. He is the current Chief Executive Owfficer of Microsoft. He was appointed as CEO on 4 February 2014. His colleague and peer Bill Hilf speaks about his leadership style like this: “He is very inclusive. He brings people in and gets them excited to work on stuff, and that’s what I think his magic is — his authenticity and the way he is able to inspire people and not just push them. He can inspire them to do great work and get them motivated and excited. That’s really about him as a person: Whether he was running a technology company or a non-profit, he would have the same demeanor.”

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“Before becoming an astronaut, I was a helicopter pilot, but realised my skills, got trained and entered the field of space engineering. I appeal you to know your skills, your comfort zone and your position in the organisation to make you successful and you will also become an asset to your organisation. You never get nervous when you are in the field of your choice. I was never nervous during my flights into space … During my first flight, I was a crew member with a seven-member team. During the second one, I was the team leader and had members from Europe, Japan with different thinking and taking them along, was a task in itself.”

RACE, GENDER, CASTE, ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, NATIONALITY ETC., ARE NO BAR TO BECOME A LEADER !

Six Qualities of an Effective Leader!

Once a King’s two sons had to build two large canals to supply water to the royal estates. The first son took part of his father’s riches and part of the army, travelled north where he ordered the people to work hard. He oversaw the work, paying the villagers fairly, and finished the project within time. Proud of his work he returned to the palace. But he was told that his brother had taken only one year to build his aqueduct in the south. He investigated and found a few irregularities and informed his father about them.

“He built his aqueduct deviating from the plans. He created so many outlets that barely half the water arrives at the royal estates. He confronted the prime minister in front of the villagers, and he left without paying any of the workers.  He even used your soldiers as labourers.”

The King replied. “My son, what you say is true. Your brother had the initiative to modify the aqueduct to improve it;  the wisdom to propose something, which would improve the lives of everyone. And so he convinced the villagers to work quickly and without pay. He had the courage to confront the prime minister to defend justice, and the charisma to get his soldiers to work even more hours than the villagers. His commitment was so great that he himself was the one who worked hardest on the project, forgetting his Princely status. This is why everyone adores your brother, and would do anything he were to ask of them. He is more than their King, he is their leader.”

(Identify the six qualities and practice them in your everyday life)

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GREAT LEADERS DON’T TELL YOU WHAT TO DO THEY SHOW YOU HOW IT’S DONE.

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LEADERSHIP IS NOT SHOWING AUTHORITY!   

Do not wait on a leader…..  Look in the mirror –  it’s you!

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