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Positive And Negative Examples Of Leadership From Daily Life

Case StudyAug 29, 2010 - I ran a seven kilometer Marathon run in Chennai, India. Chennai is a large metropolis. The marathon was a free run. The theme was 'I love Chennai'.

I did not count though.. but the number of participants should have been well north of 50000. I saw school kids, college students, young couples, families, people who are young in mind (just like me), and occasionally foreigners too enthusiastically participating in the run. The run took about 60 minutes to complete.

A Model Relating Experience And Leadership

Young LeaderWe definitely understand the inspiring leadership demonstrated by people like young Bill Gates and many young sports people.  Young people can lead and produce awesome results.

We saw seven important aspects of leadership in the previous post. They are namely

  1. Have a vision

Do We Need Experience To Lead?

Light At The End Of TunnelThe video below set me thinking. What are various aspects of leadership? How are they related to experience for leadership effectiveness? These were the questions that surfaced. I came up with the following thoughts:

Leadership is all about effecting change from the established routine. Positive leadership is about changing a system to be more productive for improved performance in socially acceptable ways.

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Power Has Immense Potential To Corrupt - Learning From A Movie

Rajneeti'Raajneeti' is a Hindi movie. The word means politics. After the Oscar winning 'Slum Dog Millioner', this movie attempts to take us behind the 'IndYeah!' facade. It lets us have a taste for the overgrown dump of filth that is behind it. The director is an Indian - Prakash Jha.

A state Chief minister's young daughter falls madly in love with an aged communist leader. In an intense moment of passion, the old guy inpregnates the young girl and repents later for his act of sin. He decides to vanish. A son is born. The girl's father disposes the child Mahabaratha (the great Indian myth) style - let afloat a small boat in the river.

Losing With Grace

Case StudyAug 19, 2010 - Even when you are in a losing trail, you should stand up and respect talent... even when it is demonstrated by the opponent camp. That is grace and style that is fitting of good self respecting leadership. Such an act demonstrates that you respect yourself well by respecting others even in the face of defeat. Such an act demonstrates integrity.

Recently I happened to watch the last few overs of a one day cricket match between India and Srilanka. I am not a big cricket fan but I do like exciting finishes. Shewag was at the crease. India had already leveled the match. Just a single run was required by India to score a win and a bonus point.

Psychology of the Indian Mind: Power-plays that I want to see perish

P  O  W  E  R  P  L  A  Y     O  N  E  :  Flattery: Take the bait or suffer.     

     A lot of conversation I face in India, despite my young age, borders on unnecessarily self-demeaning or outright sycophantic. It makes me feel rather like an attractive woman sitting at a bar, being approached by diffident “nice” guys disguising what they truly want from me (the temporary shot to the arm and ego-high that comes from winning a hottie’s affections for a night, which is replaced by insecurity the next day) by making clowns of themselves in an attempt to light up my face, buying me expensive stuff hoping I’ll put out, and complimenting everything I do, literally buying me the purse and putting their balls in it for me (And that is why “nice” guys are not really nice guys, and why they finish last).

On Leadership, Fear, Control and Inner Strength - Part Two

Strong Personalities and Inner Strength

I remember reading, flicking through the pages of an Osho book, that bravery is not the lack of fear, but action in spite of the full presence of it. Correct. Very few people are actually brave in the face of fear, and it is these people who are strong enough to lead, first themselves, then others. The anxieties and apprehensions that limit the average dude’s possibilities in social life, are not ignored by alpha personalities. They are, to the contrary, felt in their entirety, in all their painful glory, but overcome. That is the test of personal strength. You cannot lead if you do not pass this again and again, and are worthy of leadership only as long as you can pass it.

Leadership, Fear, Control and Personality: Part One

Right, psych lesson everyone. I’ve just finished reading Uday’s best post yet, a simple but insightful assortment of society into leaders and followers, and want to get some things off my chest.. Uday speaks from years of interactive experience at management level positions in IT, so he’s in the know, and you’ll find my arguments to be i-sorta-knew-that-but-just-never-said-it-aloud things anyway. Forget Freud and perverted little boys, this is what psychology’s really about.

So I’ll break it down for you – three personality types – the drifter, the cog, and the leader.

Leadership and Management

Avoid ChangeThe tweet from vineetsblog - True Leaders Are Also Managers. #leadership - set me thinking. As the HBR article says there is a profound difference between leadership and management. A simple thought came to my mind.

Take life for example. Each human has to go through the motions of sustenance. Human reaction to life can be categorized into three buckets.

In the first bucket are those who choose to drift. They just exist and react to the environment. They neither lead not manage themselves. Can we say they just follow nature! We still occasionally do see a handful of them around us. These are called lost souls and I quote the terms from Vineet's popular book named Employee First Customer Second.

Seek First to Understand Difficult Employees

Difficult Employee"Listen to difficult employess only while it is productive". I read this tweet and said to myself "How true!". To understand this better, we have to understand why people could potentially turn difficult to handle in the first place. Most people are good and motivate themselves to learn, align and contribute. Remembering Maslow's theory, people look for esteem and recognition ("I among Us") with time.