Wikipedia describes leader as one who influences others. But people have other definitions to it. People say, “A leader should lead from the front, he should set an example.”
Well.. as per my logic Sourav Ganguly was one of the finest leaders Indian cricket ever had. But what about being a fine cricketer? He was, no doubt about that. But he certainly did not lead from the front. It was Sachin and Kumble who performed better than him, always. So what made him a leader? His motivation. The spirit, the enthusiasm HE brought to the side with his influence, can’t be brought by Dhoni’s coolness and calmness. He never won the world cup, T20 was not there during his time.. no question of IPL but he laid that foundation on which the tall Indian Cricket is standing today. Tall because of the champion title.
And when I have already mentioned Dhoni.. it will not be wrong to say there have been less occasions where Dhoni has really led from the front. I only remember two: The world cup 2011, and the T20 World cup Semis V/S Australia.
I am a post holder now. So do I have to lead from the front always? That No.1 band is necessary? I may even stand somewhere in the 87th position in the queue of 200, and then motivate the 86 in front and 114 at the back. Well, I am not really at the 87th position. I may be at the 15th. Can that not do?
Chetan Bhagat gave me an answer when I asked whether to be serious. He answered, “Dont be serious, be sincere” And now I come up with another question. Chetan Bhagat is certainly not answering this.
Its not that leaders don’t lead from the front. Take Manmohan Singh. He leads the corruption processes and yeah.. from the front. And respecting that leadership quality, he is at present the Prime Minister of India.
Leadership is “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal by influencing them, by motivating them”
And by the way, when do we give examples from every answer we write in our examinations. That simplifies it. When you perform well, set an example; well and good. When you don’t, just bunk it. Move to the other “question” to “answer” it.