All entries for Thursday 06 March 2014
March 06, 2014
Today I got a mail from my father telling me I want to share an incident, which occurred in Mahatma Gandhi’s life and we all know how great leader he was and this incident is just a shadow of a personality of a great leader which actually motivated me as how he answered each question he was asked with such simplicity. So the incident goes like this when Gandhi was studying law at the University College of London, there was a professor, whose last name was Peters, who felt animosity for Gandhi, and because Gandhi never lowered his head towards him, their "arguments" were very common.
One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the dining room of the University and Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor. The professor, in his arrogance, said, "Mr. Gandhi: you do not understand... a pig and a bird do not sit together to eat ", to which Gandhi replies, "You do not worry professor, I'll fly away ", and he went and sat at another table.
Mr. Peters, green of rage, decides to take revenge on the next test, but Gandhi responds brilliantly to all questions. Then, Mr. Peters asked him the following question, "Mr. Gandhi, if you are walking down the street and find a package, and within it there is a bag of wisdom and another bag with a lot of money; which one will you take?"
Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, "the one with the money, of course".
Mr. Peters, smiling, said, "I, in your place, would have taken the wisdom,
Don’t you think?"
"Each one take what one doesn't have", responded Gandhi indifferently.
Mr. Peters, already hysteric, writes on the exam sheet the word "idiot" and gives it to Gandhi. Gandhi takes the exam sheet and sits down. A few minutes later, Gandhi goes to the professor and says, "Mr. Peters, you signed the sheet, but you did not give me the grade."
In todays blog i will discuss about how you can and everyone can become leaders.Sometimes this statement confuses us a lot that are the leaders born or can be made. I say leadership traits can be natural also and one can develop these traits also. A leadership basically involves motivating others, taking some responsibility for the team and setting objectives for them. Leadership also asks that a leader should be flexible and should be ready to adapt to goals in the changing situations. So by knowing the traits of leadership one cannot become a leader just by knowing. To become a leader one has to be initiative to act on the available opportunities. One should always take a lead. One should take responsibility for the objectives and priorities he/she has initiated. An individual has to display a “yes I can do “ attitude in various situation where challenge is involved. He/she should try solving problems rather than passing them on to other people. One has to go beyond his/her job description while performing tasks and all actually notices that work. Enthusiasm is very important which should partial throughout the given task. One has to introduce improvement wherever they are necessary which should involve innovation. Continuous improvement should be the role-play in his/her life by learning new skills that will enhance the capability of the work.
The things mentioned above can actually help any individual to develop himself into a leader and can be eligible to lead the team but for all that one has to be a initiator.