In 2018, my batchmates at IE Business School had chosen to award me “Mahatma Gandhi of the Class” during our last days together at Lavos, Portugal. I still could not figure out what made them do so. However, I always take the pride that I have been acknowledged for the Gandhian principles.
If you ask people in foreign countries what they know about India – the answer would be ‘Yoga and Gandhi.’ A nation of 1.3 Billion people is still recognized by a man who died 72 years ago – such is the brand, Gandhi, such is the charisma of his leadership.
Mahatma Gandhi did not just give us freedom from British Colonialism, but he has given us a path, a direction, and a vision of leadership.
Three leadership lessons that we can learn from the great leader of India:
Be the change you want to see in the world:
Our generation might be the most connected and more aware people ever existed on the planet – yet our most of discontentment, apprehensions, concerns are only limited to social media. We are more concerned about ourselves and running away from acknowledging responsibility. Whether its climate change, hunger and poverty or human rights – we desperately need leaders who can get their hands dirty to give the world hope for tomorrow.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes:
We are increasingly becoming the slaves of ‘likes’ and ‘shares.’ The modern struggle and ‘social dilemma’ is pushing us to seek perfectionism without being knowing that perfection do not exist. We are afraid of mistakes; we are fearful of being not liked and accepted. Remember, Gandhi did not let anyone walk through his mind with their dirty feet.
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others:
A leader cannot be a leader without being uplifting others. Yet we drag down and pull the leg of the other who try to make it on the ladder. We are more driven of distribution curve at school and a ‘me’ attitude in life. Can we get out of ourselves and our so-called smartphones to do our bit?
Remember, “It’s easy to stand in the crowd, but it takes courage to stand alone.” – Mahatma Gandhi.