Interesting enough that
list was put together by Sri Sri Ravishankar, the
founder of the Art of Living organization and one of the most prominent
Spiritual Leaders of our times. What are his ideas of good leadership?
The first major aspect of
good leadership is letting go of wanting to control.
The second aspect is to
lead by example
The third aspect is that a
leader takes good care of those whom he is leading.
The fourth aspect is that
he doesn’t create followers. A good leader creates leaders. And then a chain
reaction happens. A leader should always delegate responsibility.
The fifth quality is that
a leader does not depend on authority. He just does a thing, whether authority
is invested or not. You may be a chairman of this committee, a president of
that committee, or you are a barrister here or governor of that state — these
are all momentary, temporary. They come and they go. And the respect you get
because of this position is not genuine, it is not from the heart, it is not
true. But the respect you gain because you are a nice person, is genuine, it
lasts long. It is spontaneous.
The sixth quality is that
a leader is alert and when challenges come, he is not disturbed. A good leader
is one who does not drop things when challenges appear.
The seventh quality of a
good leader is one who does not care for comfort, but who stretches him/her
self beyond the comfort zone. Anything creative, dynamic and great can happen
only when you stretch beyond your comfort zone where we are often struck.
The eighth aspect is that
a leader should not mix head and heart. If you mix head and heart, you are in a
mess! When you have to work, you work with commitment and you live with your
head. In life, in situations other than when you are working, listen to your
The ninth aspect is that
the leader doesn’t depend on one-sided information. When you get some news from
one side, don’t take any decision or conclusion till you hear from the other
side also. A leader should be a good communicator.
The tenth quality of a good leader is not to judge
oneself. You have this tendency of judging
yourself, “Am I good? I’m no good.” The self-judgment is an obstruction. Stop
doing that. Don’t judge yourself. When you judge yourself, you are judging
others also. Then you oscillate like a pendulum. If you feel you’re good, then
you are saying that others are not so good. So when you find that others are
good, and then you feel that you are no good, you blame yourself.
Judgment is very similar to self-blame and blaming others.
You may have already realized that all these
aspects of good leadership are also very sound guidelines for living one’s
life. We are all leaders in one area or another every day and we are
setting an example. The big question is: What kind of an
example do you want to set?
I would like to leave you with that question and urge you to give some time and
thought to the answer. I believe that your own peace of mind and a lot of other
people’s happiness may depend on it.
With my best wishes for your success,
Life & Leadership Coach