Tag: Leadership Lessons for Daily Living

Leadership lessons a monk taught me
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Leadership lessons a monk taught me

February 17, 2020

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam The word ‘Leader’ is usually associated with the CEO of a Corporation or with the Head of State, a Government organisation, NGO or political party.  It is used synonymously with a person holding a position of authority and is seen as a person with influence and power. It is rare that…

Finding the Leadership  that India needs
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Finding the Leadership that India needs

February 3, 2020

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Watching the young 17-year-old move menacingly with a drawn gun in his hands towards a hysterical mob would have made any sensible person see the crisis that is now evolving around the country. Whatever the explanation this young man gives himself and to the Police, it is no different from the…

Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest Leaders
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Swami Vivekananda, one of India’s greatest Leaders

January 20, 2020

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Leadership has been defined in many ways and is possibly one of the most researched subjects in the world today. Though so much has been said and written, one finds it difficult to have a final word on the subject of leadership. Similarly, a lot has been written and said about…

Exercising leadership to create a new Economic Order
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Exercising leadership to create a new Economic Order

January 6, 2020

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam There is so much talk today about the GDP and the economy not doing well across the political and business spectrum in the country. Discussions about the falling sales of cars, the sluggish real estate sector and NPAs of banks dominate the headlines.  If you look at the narrative around the…

Listening to Lead…
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Listening to Lead…

December 23, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Leadership is a process of listening, interpreting what we listen to, and then intervening with the appropriate action. Most people equate intervention and action as the expression of leadership without recognising that socially productive leadership action can be optimal only when they are based on deep listening that goes beyond its…

Driven by a Higher Purpose
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Driven by a Higher Purpose

December 9, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa used to narrate a parable to explain how strong our yearning for God needs to be.  He spoke of a disciple who used to repeatedly ask his teacher, “Sir, please tell me how I can see God.”   After a few days of being repeatedly pestered by the disciple,…

Being a Complete Leader
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Being a Complete Leader

November 25, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam I was meeting up with an old friend after several years and we decided to catch up with each other over coffee.  This friend had worked as a Senior Adviser in his Government before moving on to work in the private sector.  He was narrating his experience of working with two…

Leadership Crucibles
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Leadership Crucibles

November 11, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam One question that people keep asking me is what prompted me to start Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement (SVYM) when I was just 19 years of age.  What was it that may have prompted me to do what was considered non-conformist during the eighties?  I have thought about this a lot and…

Leading in the Here and Now…
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Leading in the Here and Now…

October 28, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam Mindfulness and living in the present are words that are thrown around so commonly that no conversation on stress-free living, meditation or wellness is complete without using them.  It is increasingly becoming ‘cliché’ to use them and one is surprised at how little people actually know about this or how useful…

Leading by understanding the ‘SELF’
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Leading by understanding the ‘SELF’

October 14, 2019

By Dr. R. Balasubramaniam A few months ago, I saw a tweet from a recently elected Member of the Parliament (MP) expressing his happiness at the address of the Prime Minister to the newly-elected members.  In his address, Prime Minister Modi reminded the MPs that being an MP should not be seen as a position…

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