Saturday, May 31, 2014

A Leader who does not walk the talk?

Think of a leader. Any leader. From any point of history. Every single leader has led from the front.

Whether it was Abraham Lincoln, Chatrapati Shivaji, Buddha, Martin Luther King, Churchill or anyone else.

Even Hitler. Or Genghis Khan. Or Alexander. Or Napolean.

Or any of our innumerable freedom fighters. Subhas Chandra Bose. Tilak. Laxmibai of Jhansi.

Or Narendra Modi. Or Vajpayee. 

The list is long and endless. But show me a leader and I will show you Acumen. Insight. Communication. Purpose. Vision.

Every leader has communicated with their troops.  Led from the front. Seen at the thick of the action. Stepped in. Taken decisions. Taken action. Resolved Disputes. Created next level leadership.

Over the last few years, we have been fed this incredible belief that a particular leader is actually a very sharp strategist who maneuvers only in the backroom. Speaks only to a few people. Is incommunicado most of the time. Never appears in public. Does not give interviews. Or speaks without preparation - but only reads out templates speeches. Or motivates. Ever. And by the way - the number of leaders inspired or created by this particular leader is a number tending to zero.

Highly impossible. Unless one is speaking of dons who cannot appear in public for security reasons. And even they have lieutenants - very powerful ones. Who do the motivating. Nowadays, some of these dons are given to releasing video messages until the drones get them. Given all this, something is seriously rotten somewhere.

Is it possible then that this so called leader has no leadership qualities? And the reason for the selective exposure is to preserve this myth. Are the lieutenants running the show? Using the name of the leader?

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? Sherlock Holmes, immortal quote in the book 'The Sign of Four'

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