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Another Angle To Leadership

Madhur Kalra
Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.
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Upon completing a highly dangerous tightrope walk over Niagara Falls in appalling wind and rain, 'The Great Zumbrati', a famous aerialist was met by an enthusiastic supporter, who urged him to make a return trip, this time pushing a wheelbarrow, which the spectator had thoughtfully brought along.

The Great Zumbrati was reluctant, given the terrible conditions, but the supporter pressed him, "You can do it - I know you can," he urged.

"You really believe I can do it?" asked Zumbrati.

"Yes - definitely - you can do it." the supporter gushed.

"Okay," said Zumbrati, "you too get in the wheelbarrow..."

What that over enthusiastic supporter would have replied, we can guess.

In the subject of leadership a lot has been discussed about - how a leader has to get long with everyone, how he has to inspire people, how he has to lead by an example. But its a two way sword. Though major responsibility lies with the leader to inspire his people and create his follower-ship, but in certain scenarios like corporate set up, family set ups, it also depends upon the faith put into someone's leadership.

Leaders are further empowered with the faith of their supporters. When an individual is confident that there are people who believe in him, and has faith in his judgement and leadership, such individual (even with milder leadership attributes) can bring out miraculous results. Hence when situation demands form you to follow someone, and you decide to follow, then instead of ridiculing his mistakes and judgements, commit and express your faith without doubts. Show some courage by giving fair amount of time to prove himself being worthy of your leader.


Contributed By Madhur Kalra

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Manu Jaswal Sr. VP at Mizuho Bank

I would like to slightly differ, though faith of his team is important for a leader to succeed, but ultimate responsibility is of a leader to keep his flock together. Someone has rightly quoted, "If your actions, and words inspires to do more, achieve more - you are a leader."

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