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Mahatma Gandhi’s Leadership Styles In Management

November 9th, 2010

Mahatma Gandhi was a unique individual. If you read up some of Gandhi’s famous quotes what will strike you is an amazing and unnatural depth in leadership styles in management of a nation’s mindset.

Leadership Styles In Management

Truly, management is completely different from leadership. Like opposite ends of a coin. While Gandhi might have been ‘managing’ the Indian freedom movement with a troop of comrades on clockwork precision, he was actually leading a change of mindset that effected change in everyone who participated with him.

Leadership Styles In Management

Leadership is about casting a vision and allowing it to seep into others so they follow the lead. Management is about dealing with situations such that results become tangible. You can manage people but that will only be because you have the authority to do so bestowed upon you. But you can lead from anywhere, by example, so that your influence infects others and regardless of your position or authority, they follow what you say.

Gandhi’s Leadership Styles In Management

Gandhi said “We must be the change we want to see in the world.” This is a powerful quote. This is one of the leadership styles in management that encourages people to ‘self-manage’ themselves. He also said, “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.” And he did that too.

Leadership is best by example. Do what you say in such a way that others can do it too. Management is best an expertise. Do what others cannot so you gain authority over them.

So, to be a good leader you need to be very skillful to construct bridges of empathy with people. Else you will never be in their shoes and they will not follow… because you don’t know them and they can feel it.

This is also why most people find it easier to be managers. Management can be taught. Leadership must be cultivated. Mahatma Gandhi was a leader who kept working on himself till he became the man worthy of gaining a country’s following.

He took a stand on issues. He said, “A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” A manager would try to please in order to diffuse a situation. A leader will not worry about creating a situation.

So the leadership styles in management that we see with Gandhi famous quotes are distinctively what anyone can evolve into being. Provided one wants to. He did. And look where it took him!

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Success comes with no doubt

May 20th, 2009

The pun here is very very intentional. Where a seed of doubt exists, success retracts. It’s called self-sabotage. And it is one price we pay as we grow up.

Look at kids. They have no doubt that they will, say, walk. And so they fall any number of times and get up… and eventually walk. Why? Because they see social proof around them… everyone can walk… so they can too. Not convinced? Let’s look at a 6-year old’s desire for a bar of chocolate. He wants it and he hounds his parents, makes inane trade-offs, and eventually gets it. Not because the parents are too kind and loving… but because he knows beyond doubt that he is going to have it.

But then we grow up. And ‘see too much’. And know what cannot happen well before we realize what can. The innocent surety-beyond-doubt is looked upon as ‘naive immaturity’. Maturity is all about knowing what can’t be done. In supporting the socially-acceptable, regardless of how flawed it might be. Or how limited our view might be.

Galelio and Copernicus – among many others – lost their lives to support a wildly silly claim that the Earth was round. Till the social proof manifested better and the truth became self-evident.

I can go on with examples of posthumous greatness. But that’s not the point.

The point is about your success. Are you destined for it while alive or dead? I expect to achieve it while alive. Which (if you’ve read the page ‘About me ‘, you’ll know) is to bring network marketing mainstream as a vehicle to create a society at a higher vibratory level of consciousness.

Take a 5-minute break and watch this snippet from Fountainhead by Ayn Rand…

What a network marketer encounters today (since the last 75-odd years) is not very different to what Martin Luther King, George Washington, MK Gandhi or Mao encountered… a ridiculous reception to a life-changing idea. I quote MK Gandhi’s observation about his residence (ashram) "Cranks and madmen often find their way to the ashram – and I am the maddest of them all". Now isn’t that the spirit of networkers and the way they are usually looked upon? We have only just scratched the tip of the iceberg.

You see, all the revolutions you can trace back to the gentlemen mentioned above took about a century to fructify. Fortunately the seeds of the networked economic model have been planted 75 years back and this generation is going to bear the fruit. Initially the fruit will be available to those who are today part of the movement. But 50 years hence everyone would partake of this ‘world of abundance’ which we are creating.

It takes a different education to understand this new world. Is it worth investing a few minutes today to examine it further? I can speak for myself. And I do, in a video at Arrive At Success . As for you, think about it… all you have learned till today has got you to where you are at. Is that where you expected to be? What you’d defined as success while in school? If no, let’s spend some time and money on a few new things to learn, starting at the link above. Again, to quote Gandhi, "Be the change you want to see". So let’s keep doubts aside for the next few years… or at least months… while we tread a path together.

And success shall come (to you) without doubt 🙂

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May 6th, 2009

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