यद्यदाचरति श्रेष्ठस्तत्तदेवेतरो जनः । स यत्प्रमाणं कुरुते लोकस्तदनुवर्तते
“yad yad ācarati śreṣṭhas
tat tad evetaro janaḥ
sa yat pramāṇaṁ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate”
(Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues. Chapter-3/Karma Yoga/Verse 21)
This is so true for a leader…!
Leaders are role models. A leader who stimulates and inspires us to strive for greatness and live to our fullest potential is certainly a role model.
A sensitive leader positively sets high standards of accountability for his own behaviour as a role model. It is an established fact that leadership is best learned through “identifying” or “internalizing” the demonstrated behavior of distinguished leaders. A leader should recognize that his prime contribution to the organization is the “behavior he nurtures” and allows to blossom. Often leaders don’t care or probably don’t realize how meticulously they are being scrutinized and ‘watched’ by their subordinates. Unfortunately, majority of leaders are hard-wired to lead by “brainpower” and not by their “souls”. They are programmed or conditioned to put ‘equations’ of business much before the progressiveness of the human spirit. Naturally so, ultimately the leadership is all about delivering results and achieving goals in any given circumstances (sometimes at any cost). Particularly now, when survival strategies are redefined in majority of corporates to circumvent hard-nosed disruptive competition and the conventional 21st century management practices are ferociously debated and invalidated at every confluence.
In business, emotional sensitivity is generally gossiped as a “delicate” mental predisposition, one that responds to the business complexities and struggles with unreasonably engaged campaigning. Therefore, it is obvious that an intuitively sensitive leader is generally perceived as antiquated and antediluvian in today’s work environment. Continue reading