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As we approach the elective congress of the youth league I chose to write on a subject that is close to my heart which more often people are mistaken to be in that category LEADERSHIP.

A simple definition of leadership-it is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He/she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that make others want to follow his/her direction.

There are four aspects that a leader needs, Humility, Courage, How to use power and Inspiration.


  • Great leaders do not see titles.
  • They see human beings who happen to have certain titles in order to perform particular tasks.
  • Leaders who touch our souls recognize and honour people simply as human beings and not the institutional tasks they perform.
  • By recognizing human beings, not titles, great leaders ennoble and enable others, drivers, factory workers, maids, guards, even servants-to realize their personal worth and hence their potential.
  • As a leader grow a deep sense of awe for each human being.
  • Train yourself to honour and treat everyone you come across with utmost respect.
  • People will seek to associate with you if they know that you will honour their story and really listen to it.
  • We are all capable of doing ordinary things in an extra-ordinary way.
  • Recognizing other people for the good they do invite even better works from both the person being recognized and the one doing the recognition.


  • Courage is a gift that nature bestows on all of us when we are willing to it.
  • It usually means aligning our words and actions as much as possible with the way we think we should behave.
  • Quite often courage demands that we publicly show where we think the truth lies.
  • It has to do with identifying and living the fundamental values that lie in the deepest recesses of our hearts.
  • Courage demands that we strive to stand by what we believe to be true without being influenced by the names and numbers on either side of the argument.
  • It does not mean we are never scared.
  • It is a matter of acknowledging our fears and at the same time choosing to follow what we consider the right course of action.


  • Power is an instrument not an end itself.
  • It must be used only in order to bring about greater good.
  • It is most useful when it turns into service.
  • Many leaders have so much power that they can be tempted to become autocrats and run the whole show themselves.
  • They need to restrain their use of power partly so that other can develop.
  • Power is one of those strange realities of life; we often have it when we do not make use of it.
  • We are most powerful and effective when we do not achieve things through positional power.


  • Inspirational leaders break protocol.
  • Inspirational leaders realize that most of what is termed protocol is what strips leadership of human emotions, laughter, spontaneity, fun and warmth.
  • Then those leaders are at risk of being so formalized that they become more like robots than human beings.
  • Robots do not inspire others; human beings do.
  • You cannot inspire other people while you are not inspired yourself.


  1. Great leaders are the servants of those they are privileged to lead.
  2. Leaders lead by example
  3. Leaders notice and honour the good in others
  4. While leaders do not court trouble, they learn life changing lessons from painful experience.
  5. A good leader makes him/herself dispensable

May the organization be the winner.

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20 July 2011
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