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The leadership of All Ages

  • Sukanya Iyer
  • September 8, 2020
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As I start my Article on Leadership while I sip my Specially brewed South Indian Filter Coffee, today sharing some of my thoughts on the Attributes of  LEADERSHIP…!! Before I go into the details…would like to give you all some excerpts from the greatest Strategist of Bharat– CHANAKYA–
Back in 4th century B.C., a philosopher-statesman Chanakya a.k.a. Kautilya wrote the first few principles of administrative management. Widely regarded as India’s first economist, his management theories guided royalty from times immemorial. Kautilya documented his life’s labor in the Arthashastra, a list of principles that would ensure sound governance. The book is known more for its contents on economy and polity, but also contains advice on financial management and administration. While a lot of his management principles have been subject to extensive study, his leadership lessons are also more than relevant in today’s society. Business Insider India unfurls a bounty of Vedic wisdom from Chanakya for modern-day managers and administrators.
Three Qualities of a Great Leader: According  to Chanakya Niti, there are three qualities which are extremely important for a leader to be equipped within himself or herself–An important fact of the matter to be Noted is that of all the Below Qualities which I am telling you are most important Attributes for leadership in any Profession–
1.SANKHYA  (CALCULATIVE)
Chanakya said to believe A leader ought to be fast & Accurate, now look here he isn’t talking about any Mathematical Methods or calculations to arrive at Magical Figures of Profits, let’s see what it is…But what he means is the basic Calculations, for Example, if he has to fight a battle, he should be able to calculate how many people he needs for a particular Job/ Project & how much will it Incur Cost.
2. YOGA (CALM)
Chanakya’s biggest Quality mentions for a leader is to Possess INNER PEACE. No one can make a good decision with a Chaotic Mind, as each & every decision of a king/Leader in Modern day times will affect the family as well as Nation will affect or will have repercussions when decisions are taken in a disturbed state of Mind, so leaders Decisions matters a lot for the Nation & it does require calm State of Mind. 
3. LOKAYATA (LOGICAL)Sometimes A leader ought to take Tough Decisions by being very Practical, Tactical & most importantly LOGICAL. A leader shouldn’t believe in Superficial things rather should think of the road which lies ahead of Him/Her. For Example, if the Army of the opponent is standing in front of the Nation, it’s better to give A Fitting fight, instead of going and Praying to God, running away from the battlefield 

So the Above three Qualities are a must for a great Nation to be equipped or Instilled with it, I will share some more insights from today’s Generation especially for Corporate Sections, How they ought to be Risk-takers to be as Achievers. Some of my  Experiences whenever & wherever I counter with Industry Leader & in Nutshell, I have Given some of the Excerpts when I undertake some Training Sessions…Here are a few of them…!!
Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.
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What is leadership, anyway?

Such a simple question, and yet it continues to vex popular consultants and lay people alike. I’ve now written several books on leadership for employee engagement, and yet it occurred to me that I never actually paused to define leadership. Let’s start with what leadership is not…
Leadership has nothing to do with seniority or one’s position in the hierarchy of a company. Too many talk about a company’s leadership referring to the senior most executives in the organization. They are just that, senior executives. Leadership doesn’t automatically happen when you reach a certain pay grade. Hopefully you find it there, but there are no guarantees.

Leadership has nothing to do with titles. Similar to the point above, just because you have a C-level title, doesn’t automatically make you a “leader.” In all of my talks I stress the fact that you don’t need a title to lead. In fact, you can be a leader in your place of worship, your neighborhood, in your family, all without having a title.
Leadership has nothing to do with personal attributes. Say the word “leader” and most people think of a domineering, take-charge charismatic individual. We often think of icons from history like General Patton or President Lincoln. But leadership isn’t an adjective. We don’t need extroverted charismatic traits to practice leadership. And those with charisma don’t automatically lead.

Leadership isn’t management.  This is the big one. Leadership and management are not synonymous.  Do you have 15 people in your downline and P&L responsibility? Good for you, hopefully you are a good manager. Good management is needed. Managers need to plan, measure, monitor, coordinate, solve, hire, fire, and so many other things. Typically, managers manage things. Leaders lead people.


So, again, what is Leadership?
Let’s see how some of the most respected business thinkers of our time define leadership, and let’s consider what’s wrong with their definitions.
The only definition of a leader is someone who has followers.”

Really? This instance of tautology is so simplistic as to be dangerous. A new Army Captain is put in the command of 200 soldiers. He never leaves his room, or utters a word to the men and women in his unit. Perhaps routine orders are given through a subordinate. By default his troops have to “follow” orders. Is the Captain really a leader? Commander yes, leader no. Drucker is of course a brilliant thinker of modern business but his definition of leader is too simple.
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

Every spring you have a vision for a garden, and with lots of work carrots and tomatoes become a reality. Are you a leader? No, you’re a gardener. Bennis’ definition seems to have forgotten “others.”
 “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

This definition includes “others” and empowerment is a good thing. But to what end? I’ve seen many empowered “others” in my life, from rioting hooligans to Google workers who were so misaligned with the rest of the company they found themselves unemployed. Gates’ definition lacks the parts about goal or vision.


 “Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.”
I like minimalism but this reduction is too much. A robber with a gun has “influence” over his victim. A manager has the power to fire team members which provides a lot of influence. But does this influence make a robber or a manager a leader? Maxwell’s definition omits the source of influence.
So what is leadership?
DEFINITION: Leadership is a process of social influence, which maximizes the efforts of others, towards the achievement of a goal.

Leadership stems from social influence, not authority or power leadership requires others, and that implies they don’t need to be “direct reports” No mention of personality traits, attributes, or even a title; there are many styles, many paths, to effective leadership.
It includes a goal, not influence with no intended outcomeLastly, which makes this definition so different from many of the academic definitions out there is the inclusion of “maximizes the efforts”. Most of my work is in the area of employee engagement, and engaged employees give discretionary effort.


I guess technically a leader could use social influence to just organize the efforts of others, but I think leadership is about maximizing the effort. It’s not, “Hey everyone, let’s line up and get to the top of that hill someday.” But rather, “Hey, see that hill? Let’s see how fast we can get to the top…and I’ll buy the first round for anyone who can beat me up there.” So what do you think of my definition of leadership?  Social influence, others, maximize effort, towards a goal. Do those key elements work for you?

LEADERSHIP STRATEGY — Before you Start some Projects/Work–Ask yourself –Why I am doing it? What might be the results? And will I be Successful? These are some of the Soul Searching Questions which a Leader of a firm/ Nation must Analyze, Assess & Arrive at to put Thought Process into Action. The biggest GURU MANTRA Is never to Share your SECRETS with anyone. Once you start something never ever thinking of Quitting/Exit from the Project or anything else, don’t be afraid of Failures, don’t abandon anything in midway, come what may face it & Arrive at it  Successfully. People who work sincerely are the happiest of all.


Friends, I shared some of my own experiences when I was an Entrepreneur myself long back, but certain decisions made me close down my Small firm, but those experiences of Industry & Academia Preface, I have shared some of my Insights which I sincerely follow..& we are all very fortunate to have a Great dynamic leader of Bharatvarsh PM Narendra Modi, needs no description who is Slaying all his way to Establish RAM RAJYA by Treading on the Principles of Antyodaya of Sabkasaathsabkavikas Aur Sabka Vishwas
With these thoughts, in these Corona times, I would once again Reiterate that let’s Channelize our resources effectively to lend a helping hand for have nots…As have nots to be helped by  Haves 
SEVA is my motto which will lead to Soul Satisfying moments of life
SALUTATIONS to our Brave Warriors & COVID Warriors 
Naya Bharat Nayee Umeed 
Jai Hind 
Dr. Sukanya Subbanna Iyer 

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