Moti Lal Khar

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The Virtues of Leadership

By Moti Lal Khar

Robert Greenleaf, the founding father of the 'Modern Empowerment Movement in Business Leadership', who coined the term, described 'Servant Leadership' as follows: "The servant leader is servant at first...... It begins with a natural feeling that one wants to serve first" 'Servant Leadership' is a practical philosophy for present so-called leaders, may be political, social or religious. This leadership is concerned with the ethical use of power and authority. Such leaders believe that power and authority are for helping others to grow, not for ruling, exploiting or gaining personal advantage by setting individuals or groups of community and society at large against one another.

Followers of Greenleaf's philosophy have identified ten virtues of leadership as under: Listening, Empathy, Healing, Awareness, Persuation, Conceptulation, Fore-sight, Stewardship, Commitment to the growth of people and Building Community and Society at large. Some of these virtues come more naturally to some people than others. But these virtues are necessary for successful leadership. Indian polity in general and Kashmiri Pandit Community at present in distress in particular should be mature enough to appreciate the virtues of these leadership inspired by humility and sincerety. Both the political and socio-religious leaders should develop in themselves the attributes and virtues of a servant leader and not a master leader for the common good.

Sage Veda Vyasa was given a unique assignment to study all the philosophical and spiritual literature and sum it up in short. After intense study with the help of his Yogic power, he declared, "The act of greatest merit is to help others and the greatest sin is to cause intentional pain to others." This is the ultimate in any religion, philosophy or spiritual school. Swami Vivekananda said, "So far as a single dog is hungry in the country, my whole religion is to feed it." Max Mullar, the great oriental scholar of Germany said, "Given the option and choice by God, I would like my next birth as a woman (mother) in India to serve." Parents in general and Indian parents in particular are concerned about the welfare of their children. To err is human, even if parents make mistakes, their intentions can be good; we can not hold their 'mistakes' against them. Same can be true to those leaders who are sincere and who want to serve others. Another important way to serve the community, society, nation and humanity at large is to help those in need and in distress, as are we Kashmiri Pandit community at present. Dole out money based on show is likely to be counter-productive. Assistance in education and health would help people to help themselves. It will give them confidence and boost their self-esteem.

Source: Milchar



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