A close look at the nature of leadership in India today surprises everybody that the decisiveness and passion demonstrated by leaders are unique not only in the business but in the political world. Monarchy has become a thing of the past.Today an Indian leader is one who understands the dynamics of the human behaviour in particular situations and does not hesitate to become the follower in demanding situations.
Many of them have charismatic persona that soothes people around them.We have witnessed a stage in India where the educated politicians are seeking the advice of our corporate kings in the business world for making strategic decisions for the welfare of the nation and planning the course of action in the days to come.
Recently, while there has been a slight degeneration in the quality and impact of leadership in the Western economies, the intellect of Indian leaders both in business and political circles reigns supreme.
The humility and graciousness are the exemplary traits of Indian leaders in trying times. These are indications that India has entered into an era of matured leadership as Ratan Tata, Azim Hashim Premji, Laxmi Mittal, N.R.Narayan Murthy and K M Birla have brilliantly outshone their predecessors and their successors will do even better. They possess the requisite professional expertise and matured vision to lead and run the business in succession planning
It is the wisdom of grooming the next generation that helps to take up key roles e.g. Tanya Dubash and Nadir Godrej, Lakshmi Srinivasan, Rohan Murthy, Aditya Mittal, Rishad Premji, Noel Tata etc.
Our scriptures and spiritual texts have conditionined our behaviour to be sensitive to the plight of others. One of the most respected traits of popular Indian leaders is passion with compassion and it is this ability which delivers better results. Most of these attributes can be found in the self actualization and self-transcendence layers of Maslow's pyramid and form a subset of these: spontaneity, problem solving, creativity, acceptance of reality, open mindedness, morality. Since ages India is a land of many transpersonal leaders Transpersonal is defined as going beyond the personal interests. They are radical, ethical, and authentic while emotionally intelligent and caring.
India, the land of Vedas has been the home to many great political minds e.g.Chanakya, Swami Vivekananda, Dayanand Saraswayi,Ishwer Chandra Vidyasagar, Rajaram Mohan Roy, Acharya Narendra Dev, Mahatma Gandhi, Maharshi Aurobindo, Gurudev Rabindranath,Subhash Chandra Bose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, VInoba Bhave, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, The legacy of Gandhi was carried forward by the leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi and so on. Following are some interesting facts about Indian leaders:
-They trust persons
-Focus on teamwork.
-They inspire people.
-They have continuous focussed efforts and perseverance.
-Show infinite positivity and patience
– They are great visionaries and good orators.
-Moreover many of them have Charismatic personality.
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Others Don’t by Jim Collins
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Dr. Usha Shrivastava
Retired Professor of Psychology, Department of Higher Education
Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal
Her areas of special interest are personality development and self-growth, communication skills, career orientation, gender equality, the status of working women in India, and social issues. She has worked extensively on a fresh approach to modern-day living, subsequent consequences, and simple remedies. Her books: Indian working women in transition, The Art of Communication are already been published. Excellence is nothing but doing the best, Kavayanjali in Hindi