Several people who see themselves as ‘leaders’ are unwilling to accept that they may not have the solutions to all the problems that they come across. For them, people in leadership positions must provide answers to every question that is raised and generally feel vulnerable and insecure when it is otherwise. Real leadership is having the courage to accept failure, to accept that you do not know, and to come to terms with one’s relative lack of knowledge. It is only when we are humble and seek out knowledge can we expand our abilities, build partnerships and work with others in solving problems. The journey of leadership is one of staying humble all the time and of continually expanding our expertise. It is about seeing the strength in being vulnerable.
A development activist, public policy advocate, social innovator and leadership trainer
On a personal level, it is indeed a delight to read or listen to a review of one’s book. Recently a friend shared this wonderful video where Sri Gurupada Belur, one of Karnataka’s well known engineers shares his view of my book ‘Leadership lessons for Daily Living’. He eloquently brings up the contents along with the key messages in a simple and lucid manner in his regular Vlog. Listen to his rendition in this well made video:
A question that I’ve been repeatedly asked is why I chose Heggadadevanakote (HD Kote) taluk to begin my social development work in 1987. Very few know that I did not choose HD Kote, but that it was chosen for me by two extraordinary bureaucrats. One was Nanjunda Rao, a retired special Deputy Commissioner (DC) and the other was Mr V P Baligar, the then DC of Mysuru. They had heard about me and my intentions and met me while I was still a medical student. Mr Baligar took me in his official car to HD Kote and we walked to
Recently, one saw a mockery of the statement ‘first amongst equals’ in the state of Karnataka. Constitutionally, the head of government is the chief minister at the state level while the Prime Minister is at the national level. Convention demands that legislators of the party with a majority, meet and elect their leader who then takes over as the head of the government. What we see happening across different states in India is the phenomenon that is today popularly called the ‘high command culture’. Leaders of national parties sitting in Delhi decide on the leader of their state legislature party.