Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Importance of having great vision in leadership ..

Importance of Vision in Leadership ..

Most of the time we extol great leaders as how they managed people, events, led the country etc.

But is there a different dimension to leadership than what has been discussed so far. 

Great leaders have great vision and this vision drives their passion, this passion drives their belief and this belief is the basis for their action.

If Nelson Mandela did not have the great vision of a free South Africa, South Africa would still have been an impoverished nation.

If Mahatma Gandhi did not have the great vision of a free, strong and powerful India, India would not have been liberated from Great Britain and would have continued to be its colony. If India's great leaders who led India after it gained independence from the British did not have great vision, India would have been left far behind.

We would not have had the IITs, IIMs, scientific leadership in great organisations like IISc, CSIRs, indigenously developed space technology ready to take man to Mars and beyond, indigenously developed nuclear technology, indigenously developed defence capabilities like in our first super-sonic missile system on Sukhoi S31 jet fighters and the like ..

Great leaders have to be great visionaries, they should be able to see the future and plan to work to it. They are well informed, well read of the world around them and have the insatiable urge to do something better for the development of society.
Great leaders have a vision of the society, they want it to move from the present state to a future state which they feel will bring peace and properity to the world and its people. 

Great leaders work for the good of the society, the country and the world they live in, they are not sectarian, they are not partial, they are not partisan and they are not bound by the confines of country, colour, case, creed and so on.

Great leaders are able to identify great leaders and choose them to lead. 

In short, great leaders make the world a better place to live, with freedom, dignity, peace, prosperity, scientific and social development, a world free of diseases and poverty, free of war and litigation, destruction and desolation, annihilation and ruination ..

You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream. - Michael Dell

What Michel Dell refers as framework is the vision we mentioned. Let us hope India gives the needed and necessary leadership to the world to fulfil all the above necessary qualities of great leadership to the world.


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