Do you have it in you? - Embracing new forms of Leadership

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,

Christiane Pohl

Life & Leadership Coach


Christiane Pohl is a Life & Leadership Coach with More Life, More Success Coaching and an Art of Living Teacher. She helps people to gain clarity about their priorities, create a life that feels managable and transform their insights into action.
She has been working for many years as a coach and mentor with professionals in international companies. Her clients say that she has the gift of helping them identify what is most important to them, find solutions to challening ...

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