Leadership is demonstration not definition
October 6, 2012
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Leadership is demonstration not definition.

Leadership could not be defining, it is always demonstrated.

I was travelling at 9-00 a.m. in the morning for corporate training programme in Mumbai Along with the director of the company in the Mercedes bends car .The car is costing you at least Rs. 60 lacs in India. Car was driven by driver and we two were seating in the besides seats of car.

Car meets a small accident on cross road with taxi. Driver drop down and taxi driver also drop down and start blaming each other very loudly..Director of company also drop down from car and starting firing on the taxi driver. Sean become too hot on the road .Slowly people starts collecting around our cars.

I was watching from inside the car and I felt that now I should get down and handle the matter and resolve it to normal level. I also drop down and went in to front of the cars around the people. As I move and stand, taxi driver occur words,” Sir why do not value car. You are moving in car of Rs sixty lacs and talking to me in abusing language. I can understand your driver but you also talk in very much offending and abusive language. If it is your attitude then why do not you drive taxi?

I immediately turn around and went back to my seat in the car.I have travelled to mutual discovery and find out:

Leadership is demonstration not definition.

I was on Chennai railway station .Travelling from Chennai and Ooty for management development programme.. It was almost might travel. My host drops me outside the railway station .I hired railway porter to carry baggage up to my A.C. coach. Railway porter charged Rs. 40 for caring baggage up to coach and to settle it properly under the eat. That is what a trend in India is.

I say yes and we move towards A.C. coach of train with Railway porter on the main platform. Finally, porter finds out coach and arranges baggage under the seat and took money from me which was decided. I was happy. I order for water, cup of coffee and favourite sandwich to enjoy further travel as the train was suppose to leave platform after ten minutes.

After few minutes, porter return to me and banned down and pull the baggage our from the seat and lift it again and walk in the railway apartment for few steps and find out right and correct seat and arrange the baggage under seat. After that, porter asked to leave from front of me.

I asked him a question. If you could not have return then Ticket collector will asked me to change the seat as I had occupied wrong number of seat. But why you have return to me .Even you have collected your charges before. What is the point in returning back to me?

Porter answered: Sir, I had charged to arrange baggage under your seat. So, I have to make sure that your baggage is under right seat.

Leadership is performance not position.

. Leadership is not reserved for those with several stripes on their sleeve, or a cap or a star on their shoulder. Leadership is never four colour printed visiting card or red-light escorted car or revolving chair in the large size house. It is always regardless of power. Martin Luther king and M.K.Gandhi have demonstrated leadership in the life by behaviour not by position.

Mother is an example of authoritative leadership at the home. Mother never get a salary, ne incentives, no salary, no medals and awards, no appreciation certificate even though she had performed consistently. Time management matrix used by mother is  24*7*365 for decades. I believe strongly that money motivates the people to act is proved wrong by mothers of the world. I think love inside her is a driving force. Unconditional love forces you and enables you to lead and to deliver .After all delivery create enough amount of satisfaction, pleasure and joy in the life. Hopefully, you get respect and love in the returns by the people, most of the time in your absence. I also strongly believe that what respect you earned in front of you could be, force by fear. Fear force you to pay respect otherwise you have to face consequences. So people respect you. Real respect could be earn in absence of the people, which is earned by mother.

From comfortable zone to most uncomfortable zone

Michael Phelps profoundly asserted, “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time. “  One has to move out from comfort zone and keep trying for most uncomfortable commitment which is resolve by you. Remember, the lesson of life is to move forward .There is no rewind facility in the life.  It does not matter from what place you re coming but it make certainly big sense that at what place you are going. Status-qo is dying. Our alternatives, keep struggling, face number of failures and big NO.But never quit.

Peter Mc Williams asserted “Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”

Someday, you may found totally lost but do not matter. Real failure is quit something for life time. Defeat is not failure but quitting it for life time is a true failure. I think we should delete one learning in the life is that failure free life is an illusion. “There are things that we never want to let go of, people we never want to leave behind. But keep in mind that letting go isn’t the end of the world, it’s the beginning of a new life.”


American poet and lecturer Ralph Waldo Emerson quoted, “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” You could involve totally in the activity. Sigmund Freud was occupy during his research work and so involve so her forget to send love letters to his fiancée which he had written for her. He just left it on the desk .After few days, when she visited Sigmund Freud house, she read it by her own. She read, enjoys and finally laughs on it.

You are completely involved in the action.

Most of the time, you forget physical clock. You are more or less control by your mental clock. Involve in totally so outside world have no significant impact on your life. Let world do and move by its own but you do not deviate from your involvement.

Manage your ways, keep trying, finding out alternatives and change your strategy but one has to move forward is the essence of leadership. Leadership could not be status-qo. Leadership means moving to the place where you would like to reach from where you are.

Vision, planning and action are harmonies:

Leadership means balance between vision, planning and action. My personal observation is highest level of mismatched between these three key words.  I find people have vision and planning but actions do not match with his vision .Finally, he concluded as dreamer. I find people have actions and planning only but no vision and. They ended as labour in the life. I find people have vision and action but no planning reach to medic racy level. We all are in the world of meritocracy not medic racy.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you are riding through the routs, don’t complicate your mind. Bob Marely profoundly asserted “Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!

Vision is seeing today something which is invisible. You re thinking to create tomorrow of your choice and ideology. Vision is thinking in pictures on today for brighten tomorrow. Most pathetic thing I found in the life is you can see but cannot foresee. Leadership is purely connected with forsightness. Managers see and leaders finish first.

Warren G.Bennis quoted, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

An artist is always paid for his vision not for his labour. Everyone cannot create with brushes, colours and plane papers. You need insight to create. Insight stuff have abounded value in my eyes, even what comes form inside will never be stop of find in shortage or scarcity. Nature is nothing but flowing from inside to outside. Day light comes out form sun, Light comes from Moon, fruits and flowers comes out form trees, child comes out from mother. River comes out from mountain. Most of the things come out form within to without. Leadership is also inside outside.

Things which are coming from inside will not be stop during the life time. Potentiality and strength are coming out from inside, it could not stop unless you stop to en cash it. Love is coming out from inside .The more it flows, more it comes out. Flawless is the essence of leadership. Once the harmony between planning and action matches that creates wonder around you and your world. When vision is not self centric, it s for universe and humanity then glory could be more different. World remember, only those who had given to the world. Not taken from the world nobody is so far awarded for what he did he get from the world?
It is really terrible that you can see and you have no vision. In my eyes, leader has to vision. One is for the life and second one is vision for soul.

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you become co-creator and co-mentor on the earth. God have created such a lovely planet. Let us, handover more better earth to our grandson’s ,grand son’s

When, you quit the world let words remember, by your great co- creation and co- mentoring as you has created leaders to take care of earth. Leadership is creating leaders at all levels.

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Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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