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MAHATMA GANDHI: A Pillar Of Leadership

Over the years, mankind has been a witness to evolving traits of individuals – be it innovation, commitment, attitude, dedication, delegation and so on. Stalin, Hitler, Martin Luther King, Alexander Bell, Shakespeare are some of those who had all these traits in large proportions.

However the world always recognized one individual as a supreme leader that not only had the above qualities but was an embodiment of tolerance, grit, integrity, sacrifice, principles, determination and above all the ability to inspire others.

Today I would like to speak of that individual whose thoughts, words, deeds, mind, body and soul overflowed with all these qualities and more. He is none other than our very own Father of the Nation – Mahatma Gandhi. He said ‘Be the change that you wish to see in the world ‘ and actually lived his life with that Philosophy.

How many of you’ll know that he is a superb example of an Indian Entrepreneur. Yes. You read me right. He hailed from one of the most business-oriented communities in India, that is called the Gujarati ‘Baniya’ community. He was an embodiment of all the qualities of a great leader- he took risks, was empathetic, honest, inspirational, influential, visionary, sacrificing, determined, calm, focused, created leaders, delegated effectively, led from the front…. the list is endless.

He took initiatives on his own. He took a different path , that of non-violence to attain his goal. His initiative was risky, unheard of and one of its kind. He was a pioneer of unconventional thinking and left no stone unturned to achieve his goal.

He always ‘walked the talk’. He led by example. He influenced people around to weave their own clothes (maximum use of resources and self sufficiency), promoted local industry – Khadi (created an industry that is existent till today) and thus promoted local talent. He strongly opposed his opponent’s ability to sell their foreign goods in India. He led movements and ‘fast unto death’ initiatives to achieve his goal. He was stubborn and leaders always found him to be unreasonable. He was determined for the right cause.

He was focused on the ‘big picture’ and never let any situation, personal need or challenges divert his vision. It’s exactly like an entrepreneur who stays focused on the vision of the organization and is willing to sacrifice anything to build the big picture. He developed self-restraint and sacrificed his luxuries to create something so big that the entire mankind even today worships him for.

He had strong values that led people to follow him. His cause was always bigger than him. He was a man with a mission. He communicated and communicated and communicated his thoughts, his ideas, his value system, his principles, his vision. He did it with simplicity and drew the support of the entire country. He was entrepreneurial in every sense of the word. For me the learning is that an entrepreneur must be articulate enough to communicate in a simple but effective manner.

He spread the message of love even when his opponents hated him for his guts and principles. Mahatma means a true soul and he lived his life in a manner that the world would love to emulate.

Today I feel inspired and proud to be an Indian and I dedicate this Monday to this great soul. I end my message by quoting Gandhi, which I hope will surely inspire and guide all my entrepreneur colleagues and Parivaar members to your destiny.

“Your beliefs become your thoughts.
Your thoughts become your words.
Your words become your actions.
Your actions become your habits.
Your habits become your Values.
Your Values become your destiny”
– Mahatma Gandhi –

Lets celebrate Gandhi Jayanti today with the thoughts of this wonderful man and start implementing and living the virtues that he stood for, to attain the entrepreneurial freedom that we always desire!!

This article is contributed by Viraj Jain – Manager, Reviews (Mumbai) along with the social team of smmart.

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