10 Jan 2022

Curtain Hug

"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." These are the words of Martin Luther king junior who is remembered as a great Samaritan leader of our society.

But Who is a leader ??

A leader is a person who develops leadership qualities over time and leads his self & society to progress and towards a new era. And they never need a title to be a leader, their actions define them. The only difference between a normal person and a good leader is their vision to perceive the things around them. A follower will have less belief in himself and more in society and will try to align himself with the prejudices and the system of the society. Whereas a leader is a critical thinker whose self-belief is strong enough to challenge the orthodoxy and often tries and succeeds to extirpate the negative elements in every unit of the society. They define the reality in front of their people.

A good leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. They practice what they preach and they preach what they practice. Our history provides us with thousands of leaders who laid their lives for the service of others. Times were there when they were vandalized by the horrendous hegemonic powers present at that time, but they fought for a reason, challenged the system, and submitted their victory over it. They teach us that it is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

Indian leaders like King Harshvardhan, Chandragupta Maurya, Prithvi raj Chauhan, Chanakya, Ashoka, Razia Sultan, Ahilyabai Holkar, Rani Lakshmi Bai project Indian cultural strength and legacy. Leaders are found in each domain and unit of our society. Nationalist leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, etc. Extremist leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, etc. Social leaders like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Jyotiba Phule, etc. Leaders who laid their lives in securing the defence and sovereignty of our nation like Sam-Manekshaw, General KM Cariappa, etc. Their names are countless but their contributions to society have made them immortal for the time infinitely.

Role of leaders in an Organisation
Every unit, domain, Organisation requires people with those leadership qualities which can boost the efficacy and efficiency of that organisation and could contribute to the growth of others as well. Such people are comfortable being uncomfortable in each and every situation. Therefore, any organisation backed by such creative minds will never feel any pressure from the surroundings whereas others may suffer.

Every Organisation is characterised by the patience and perseverance that its members hold. A good leader imparts these qualities to his subordinates who can further add morality and ethics into profession. Whereas a poor leadership in this scenario can result in psychological imbalance and evoking a feeling of inequality among its members. For instance, the dominant hold of some strong foreign powers like USA, China, Russia in organisations such as the World Bank, G-7 make other aspirational countries feel lower in power arrangement agreements, etc. Whereas some regional organisations such as BIMSTEC, ASEAN help boost the self-confidence of small countries through proper mutual trust, confidence and power sharing arrangements.

"It is the character that gets us out of bed, commitment that moves us into action and discipline that enables us to follow through." A good Character, Strong commitment towards life goals and Discipline are a prerequisite for a good leader in any organisation. A person with a good character and commitment is more likely to be obeyed and respected in every domain of the society. Albeit, a person with a bad character can hold a high position due to heredity, but the work and professional ethics and aptitude will never get imbibed in him due to which professional loyalty of his subordinates will vanish over time.
A disciplined person will never get into chaos so often than that for a careless person. Professional Life goals appear more simplified and achievable when you are disciplined and consistent in your efforts about achieving your short term targets causing satisfaction and a zeal to work even harder. Conversely, it can be disastrous for an organisation if its leaders are not disciplined. It can create a sense of burden for its members or people to find a proper direction to put their efforts. Members would often find themselves trapped in some sort of scuffle among each other on one issue or another. Such organisation can never lead to development because efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

There are some officers like qualities which a leader must possess in order to create a strong positive image and influence among the masses in order to direct them for a common socio-economic cause. These qualities in a leader can make wide differences in the social orders locally and worldwide.

Effective Intelligence is termed as the ability to solve day to day life problems. Lacking this skill can create a stuck in the daily working and could reduce the overall efficiency of the organisation.
Organising Ability: A person with no organising ability can cause a conundrum state in that organisation and could also lead to under-employment in society.
Power of expression: A good expressive orator is more likely to be accepted and promoted by every unit in the society. Person lacking this will never be able to reach the people even if his ideas can unleash the potential to change the world.
Social Adaptability: Lacking this can cause a morose feeling within you and can decrease the professional potential of yours and of those who follow you.
Cooperation: Lack of cooperation results in decrease of harmony within members and projecting a selfish image of the individual causing difference within the same organisations.
Responsibility: A Responsible leader will always show a prudent attitude towards its subordinates causing fraternity and harmony between members resulting in overall progress. In a contradictory situation, it can cause hardships in effective decision making in an organisation, and can create an ambience of political imbalance of power within it.
Initiative: A poor leadership can never cause new modifications in the working, leading to slow response mechanisms and slow pace as com-pared to the fast moving world.
Self-Confidence: Must for a leader because people or your subordinates will only follow you or obey you when your own self-belief is strong enough to sustain your ideas and give society a new way of life.
In a nutshell, Conclusion can be drawn that a poor or weak leadership can cause havoc in every unit/organisation in a society in a variety of ways. Need of the hour is to
channelise the talents in a proper way so that we could unleash the true potential of each and every member of an organisation. By proper skill, channelising and development initiatives in the grassroot levels can help transform the present generation into future leaders who can transform the world into an epitome of Humanity and Love.

-By Sanidhya Sharma.
Content Writer
Social Journal