~ By Chahat Kanchan
A leader is like a lighthouse for those who can’t find their way. Mr Raghav Sharma has been playing this role for more than 5 years now. Being the generous person he is, he conducted a workshop to share his knowledge and experience on what it takes to be a leader.
The workshop took place on 20th September at 7:00 PM. It began with Raghav Sir putting up a huge question in front of us-
ARE YOU ONE?
which made all of us wonder if we have a leader within us.
To help us understand this, Raghav Sir divided the definition into three parts:
- GOOD INFLUENCE- Having a good influence on people is what being a leader is about, for a person does not have to be intelligent but smart to leave an imprint on the people.
- ADVANCING COMMUNITY- The creation of a progressively advancing community is what separates a leader from the rest of the crowd.
- A COMMON PURPOSE- Last but not least, Raghav Sir also taught us how serving the society and working towards a common goal can help us become great leaders.
Raghav Sir continued by citing the example of field marshal Sam Manekshaw, who was the Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army during the Indo-Pak War of 1971. He once said that leaders are not born, but made, for if leaders were born, things would have been very different for our country.
We learned what are the qualities of a good leader, which include:
- A leader has the knowledge, which is a must for competence, and always takes responsibility for his actions.
- The absence of prejudice and the presence of moral courage are what separates a leader from the rest of the crowd.
- Being disciplined and doing the right thing at the right time is a vital attribute, as there is a fine line between becoming a leader and becoming a tyrant.
Your actions never go unrewarded. This was evident when we were given an instance from The Ramayana, about how little squirrels helped Lord Rama’s Vanara Sena while the bridge to Lanka was being built to rescue Sita Ji from the clutches of evil Ravana. It does not matter how small the contribution is, what matters is the intent with which it is being done.
An effort that is appreciated gets repeated.
Towards the end of the workshop, Raghav Sir inspired us to turn our visions into reality.
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