Leadership

Leadership is the process of directing the behavior of others toward the accomplishment of some common objectives.

“Leadership is influencing people to get things done to a standard and quality above their norm. And doing it willingly.”

As an element in social interaction, leadership is a complex activity involving:

1.  a process of influence
2.  actors who are both leaders and followers
3.  a range of possible outcomes – the achievement of goals, but also the commitment of individuals to such goals, the enhancement of group cohesion and the reinforcement of change of organizational culture.

Being a leader and being successful at the same time, at the workplace, requires some characteristics.

Excellent communicator: This helps in making points clearly and being comprehensible to all.

Motivated and innovative: Leaders have to be charged up always so that they can motivate others to do better. They must be innovative and be able to think out of the box. Also, they must have quick fix answers for small problems.

Confident: The confidence of the leader instils confidence in the people. But confidence should not be mixed with arrogance. Leaders are essentially humble and ready to help always, which makes them approachable.

Trust: Last but not the least, the leader has to have the repute of being trusted and on whom the people can keep their faith. Similarly, leaders should always trust and repose faith in the people.

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life

A man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away. “Well,” trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.

Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?

Failure is part of learning; we should never give up the struggle in life.

Struggles of our Life

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire.

Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot and ground coffee beans in the third pot. He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing. After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup.

Turning to her, he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?” “Potatoes, eggs and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer”, he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft.

He then asked her to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity-the boiling water. However, each one reacted differently. The potato went in strong, hard and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak. The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard. However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which one are you?” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean?”

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is how you choose to react to it and what you make out of it. Life is all about leaning, adopting and converting all the struggles that we experience into something positive.

Professionalism: It’s NOT the job you DO, It’s HOW you DO the job.

Shiv Khera, the renowned author and management trainer writes about his experience in Singapore …

Few years ago in Singapore I gave a taxi driver a business card to take me to a particular address.

At the last point he circled round the building. His meter read 11$, but he took only 10.

I said Henry, your meter reads 11$ how come you are taking only 10.

He said Sir, I am a taxi driver, I am supposed to be bringing you straight to the destination. Since I did not know the last spot, I had to circle around the building. Had I brought you straight here, the meter would have read 10$.

Why should you be paying for my ignorance ?

He said Sir, legally, I can claim 11$ but Honestly and ethically I am entitled to only 10.

He further added that Singapore is a tourist destination and many people come here for three or four days. After clearing the immigrations and customs, the first experience is always with the taxi driver and if that is not good, the balance three to four days are not pleasant either.

He said Sir I am not a taxi driver, I am the Ambassador of Singapore without a diplomatic passport.

In my opinion he probably did not go to school beyond the 8th grade, but to me he was a professional. To me his behavior reflected pride in performance and character.

That day I learnt that one needs more than professional qualification to be a professional.

In one line be a “Professional with a human touch and Values ” that makes all the more difference.

Knowledge, skill, money, education, all comes later. First comes Human Values, Honesty and Integrity

Professionalism: It’s NOT the job you DO, It’s HOW you DO the job.

chappels to every school kids

It all started with TEDxHyderababSalon – Education.

As a part of TEDxHyderabad organizer group, we visited Yerravalli before the events for the recce purpose and meet head master of the primary school of Yerravalli village. Everything looks normal as a village and had a great attention/support for the events from villagers & school staff.

We planned TEDxHyderabadsalon – Education @Yerravalli, Vikarabad

The Big day – 17th July 2016, had an opportunity to meet with school students. Villagers, kids & staff welcome TEDxHyderabadSalon crew.

We had a small community engagement actions planned for all the TEDxHyderabadSalon attendees & thought leaders to plant few trees along with primary school kids, while going towards plantation area along with these kids I realized approx. 98% kids do not have any chappels or shoe or sleepers, they ware barefoot walking towards the plantation area, the age of these kids between five to ten years.

I could not able to judge my feeling, it was mixed of emotion, confused, scared, and heavy heart.

Mind started exploring what can be done to overcome this situations  for kids, sparkling started inside & thought to create a marketplace for donate chappls for these kids…

Decided our mission: chappels to every school kids. (donatechappals.org )

I am here to seek your help & support for this initiative. Without your help and support we cannot achieve “chappels to every school kids”

Jai Hind!!

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