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The Leadership Aspect Today - Inborn or Mushroomed ?

by Sameeksha Khanna 5. July 2011 10:28

Most elite business schools – Both Indian and International including us have done away with the traditional concept of leadership as being at the very top of the hierarchy and instead nowadays focus more on teaching the students the basic nature of leadership, how it is to be achieved and what the ideal role of a leader should be.


Effective leadership does not really depend upon a person’s intellectual capabilities. Obviously, having brains help, but what you need most is deep human qualities, the right attitude and the willingness to serve. Contrary to popular belief, good leaders should know how to serve and not be served by the people. He should be responsible enough to care and be concerned about the people under him. A good leader understands that every person is a unique individual with different qualities and should know how to bring out the best in everyone through effective leadership in order to achieve a common goal. Therefore, a leader should be someone that the common man (or the workers) can trust and respect and not hesitate to follow.


Hence, leadership depends more on his personal character, decision-making abilities and attitude than on his skills. Of course, management skills are necessary (and one needs not worry about them for they are taught well enough in every business school), but humanity is more important. A charismatic and successful leader who can be easily followed usually has to have the following qualities:

  • Passion
  • Commitment
  • Humility
  • Determination
  • Sincerity
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Integrity 

A leader should also be brave enough to admit the mistakes made. (A case in point- Dhoni’s admission of his mistake in reading the pitch wrong after the semi-finals versus Pakistan in the World Cup, 2011) People are generally cleverer than most leaders think them to be. They will readily forgive mistakes but they will not tolerate a mistake being tried to be covered up by excuses.


Finally, as the saying goes, people are not always born leaders. Of course, there might be some who are naturally more suited to lead, however everyone can become a leader by developing the necessary skill and ability. People don’t usually realize this, but then mostly everyone has performed the function of a leader in one situation or the other, be it at home, in school, at work or even while playing games with your friends. Anyone who is motivated enough to achieve something can become a leader. Hence, to be a leader you should be confident and believe in yourself and in the goal you want to achieve and only then will others be able to believe in you.


We at MAPS thus believe that leadership is key trait which can be mushroomed in a person through learning and the participation. Thus for all the Business School aspirants, they must know that an MBA only makes sense for them if they have the urge to learn


Comments (2) -

somnath India
9/16/2011 7:34:23 AM #

Steve Jobs going; Narayan Murthy gone; Bill Gates hung his boots long ago; seems like we are going to suffer from a deficit of quality leaders in the corporate world soon. We need leaders who can motivate an entire generation........
isn't it?

john United States
1/15/2012 2:31:40 PM #

thanks for this

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