Thursday, 16 January 2014

The Young Future of Leadership

For so many decades, the word "Leadership" has been inherently associated with the word "Corporate". Think about leadership and you think about well dressed, senior businessmen discussing and negotiating with equally smart and well dressed people.
But there is a category of people, some selected individuals who are RE-DEFINING the art of leadership. They have made the world realise that leadership is not just about running billion dollar business and wearing three piece suits. They have redefined leadership by including it in even the smallest scale of work that they do by wearing a pair of casuals and giving it its true meaning- "Giving your absolute best at whatever you do", which is what true leadership is all about. And that category is- "YOUTH".
Many members of the Gen Y took a bold step by starting to 'Convert their Passion into their Profession' which can be considered as a crucial decision towards leading their way to the top. They broke the cliché of just pursuing the conventional way of living and followed their dreams without considering the thoughts of the world as they truly believed in their passion and above all, had the burning desire to excel in the same.
Surely the society up to a good extent deserves the credit for that as it started accepting these unconventional professionals in a more comfortable manner by removing the word "Just" from the sentences- "Oh, he is 'just' a painter", "He is 'just' a guitarist" or "He is 'just' a theatre actor"; which in turn is encouraging more and more people to follow their hearts. But this shift ultimately was initiated only by those young leaders who had the strength to go beyond convention and showed the world the power and importance of these so called "not so famous" professions.
The youth may be considered as irresponsible by some and careless by others, but it gives me immense happiness to see that they are laying the foundation of a new and better society; a society in which people would not be scared to follow their passion, a society where everyone would deserve equal rewards for their profession and above all, a society of the NEXT GENERATION LEADERS...

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Universal Leadership

While pursuing my Bachelor's degree in Engineering, I studied a subject called Fundamentals of Management. A wonderful concept learnt from that subject was- "Management is Universal". That is, right from an NGO to high end corporations and from a restaurant to an airline, management is everywhere and at every level of the organizational hierarchy. And why I consider this concept as "wonderful" is because it is relatively simple, we go through it everyday, we manage things everywhere every moment but still don't realise it until we 'Read' it.

The same applies to Leadership, but with a small difference. Management is inherently present everywhere, but leadership- "You have to instil it Boss!" There's not much of a rocket science involved, in fact, it is pretty simple, while you are managing something, just do it in the best possible manner, in a way better than no one ever did, in a way so excellent and so impeccable that you become an example, an inspiration for others and before you know it- "You start LEADING".

After reading- 'The Leader who had no title' by Robin Sharma, I realised that you don't need to be the CEO or any top management position holder to portray Leadership. Even at the 'seemingly' unimportant designations, you can inspire others simply by doing what you do in the best possible manner and moreover, staying inspired by your ultimate goal in life- Being the absolute best!

We cannot even imagine how many creative initiatives we can take to condition our smallest of passions and make our professions even more interesting. And furthermore, we also can't imagine the extent to which our creative initiatives can inspire others.
So this new year 2014, stop thinking that you are ordinary, stop thinking that your work is unimportant and stop thinking that you are too young or too old to do something significant. But start feeling that YOU CAN LEAD AS YOU ARE, WHEREVER YOU ARE & AT WHATEVER YOU DO.

Aim for Nothing but the Peak!
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