Expanding the Horizons of Leadership

Manish Purani

Director, Vidyamangal School, Surat

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Today, everywhere, everyone talks about leadership. Each institution or firm spends a lot of money on leadership training, so the need for it seems the most urgent. But is it possible that each one becomes a successful leader? When the matter is in the discussion, many arguments can be put, but in practice, very few are real leaders!

I believe a leader is the one who leads. In every sphere, there are role models. So, in today’s age, the leadership of just one type is not at all effective. A leader must be a carrier of change. It is inevitable for the leadership to expand its horizon. Successful leadership is built on basic and self-evident principles that are timeless but need constant repetition.

Then what do leaders need to remember? Many things! But here is one – it is always showtime. A leader is leading people. You lead by example. And what that means is that 24/7 or at least the 18/6 when people are at work, you must understand that you are putting on a show. People dissect what you are wearing and who you are talking to and the way you present yourself and the kind of questions you ask, and so on. If you are a leader and if you are a boss, it is always showtime.

Today’s age is the age of competition. The leader has to perform consistently with advancement each time. But one thing that remains constant in this highly volatile age is the relationship.

“To be is to be related.”

- Jiddu Krishnamurthi

Whether it is in personal or professional life; even in devotional life, relationships matter. So, in my opinion, a leader has to expand his horizon to develop and maintain a relationship with all the stakeholders he/she is dealing with. This is great when it comes to managing a school.

Plato once said, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” The world is continually changing, but the one constant that drives organizational success is the power of connecting–connecting with colleagues, employees, and customers. That is what leaders were doing, are doing and will continue doing.

Manish Purani

Director, Vidyamangal School, Surat