First THINK, FEEL and INTUIT like LEADERS ...
There is an explosion of articles on leadership. For valid reasons, because we indeed need leaders. Everywhere.
Now, everyone has an idea, and many of those ideas make sense but this post is about warning ourselves that we should not copy-cat successful leaders in what they do, or should not blindly follow their words or leadership styleswithout understanding what goes on in their minds and hearts... and that unfortunately is a lesser known, more-difficult-to-teach secret.
We must learn to THINK as great leaders do, we must learn to FEEL as they do, we must learn to INTUIT as they do. True leaders are aware, compassionate and considerate. They are well-informed and knowledgeable. But they also have a sense of situation.
What is right in one situation cannot be appropriate in another. Leadership is not just a theory that can be learned merely intellectually. Leadership is situational. The guiding precepts, the ethical undercurrents, the larger picture, the overall purpose do not change but the way they are expressed / implemented may change entirely according to the need of time and place.
And this is where the mistakes occur. Study the life of any great leader - in business, in the history of nations, in religion. You would find apparent contradictions : in one case they said and did something, quite likely in another similar looking event , or to another individual, they said and did something else.But in spite of seeming contradictions, they had harmony within. The objective was always the same : the good of all concerned.
For examples, take the lives of Shri Krishna and Jesus Christ. The former behaved differently according to situation, and not according to set thumb rules. Non-believers who do not see the situational wisdom may fail to appreciate some moments of this great avatar, but in reality there was always peaceful harmony, great goodwill for all. Even the demons he killed were mercifully liberated after they bore th