Mahatma Gandhi, The father of our nation, once said “My Life is My Message” ! The statement couldn’t be more true. Thorough his way of living, Mahatma Gandhi taught us innumerable lessons. Here are a few Leadership Lessons from the life of Mahatma Gandhi that we believe are most relevant to entrepreneurs in today’s date
Persistence & Determination Can Break The Biggest Obstacles
Getting freedom for India, a task that seemed almost impossible ! The journey was tough and was filled with a lot of disappointments and yet Mahatma Gandhi continued with his struggle to unite the people of our country and fight for our freedom.
First they Ignore you, then they Laugh at you, then they Fight you, then you Win !
The persistence and determination shown by the Mahatma kept the freedom struggle going in spite of all odds and finally became a strong force in achieving independence for our country.
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
Entrepreneurs in today’s date must always remember that if they keep their goals clear and keep working towards their goals with everything they have, one day success will come !
If I have the belief that I can do it, I can surely acquire the capacity to do it even though I might not have it in the beginning.
Integrity is The Most important Virtue
It is only when you have integrity and stick to your principles in times of crisis that you earn respect of large audiences. His integrity was the biggest reason why the entire nation got to trust Mr Gandhi.The entire country – the rich and the poor, the young and the old, men and women could trust him alike.
There is no God higher than truth.
For entrepreneurs too it is important to understand that having integrity and sticking to your principles at all costs will lead to sustainable success. There might be a number of short cuts to success but success achieved in such a way can be lost faster than it is achieved.
Even if you are in minority of One, the Truth is always the Truth.
Leading By Example Is The Only Way to Lead
To get so many people to go on fast, to get so many people to march along with him for such long distances. You cannot achieve such a following without walking the talk. Stories of how people fasted as they could not eat when Gandhiji hadn’t eaten for so many days – are well known across the country. One of the biggest example of Gandhiji’s successful leadership is leading by example and showing the way as well as setting the standard for the rest of the country to follow.
Leadership Is All About Getting Along With People
I think leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
In today’s times this cannot be more true. Not only Mr Gandhi but even our current Prime Minister Mr Modi’s popularity speaks volumes about how connecting with people is one of the best way to get them to trust and follow you. The ability to bind people towards a common goal, to simplify your vision so that everyone understands it and taking the entire group long towards achieving a goal is what makes anyone achieve big things. Getting along well with people coming from diverse background is what makes a leader extremely popular !
The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.