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
Some time ago, Nitesh Batra the founder of the Mindful Initiative reached out to me through a common friend asking if he could interview me for a podcast that he runs. Having been interviewed several times in the past for newspapers and television, I was expecting this also to be similar to the ones that I had participated in. A friend who is a well known communication expert had once told me that the quality of the interview is the end product of the chemistry that emerges in that moment of time between the interviewer and the interviewee. It includes