YOU GET THE LEADERS YOU DESERVE

Academic and Creative Writing Journal Vikram Karve: LEADERSHIP and FOLLOWERSHIP QUALITIES – YOU GET THE LEADERS YOU DESERVE.

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LEADERSHIP and FOLLOWERSHIP QUALITIES – YOU GET THE LEADERS YOU DESERVE

YOU GET THE LEADERS YOU DESERVE
Qualities of Leadership and Followership
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE
Leadership presupposes two things:
1. A LEADER
and
2. MEN CAPABLE OF BEING LED (Followers).
A stag cannot lead an army of lions.
A lion cannot persuade an army of stags to follow.
What then is required?
A Lion leading Lions
Both the leader and the followers must be “LIONS”
We then have a LION leading an army of LIONS – and an army of lions led by a lion will be victorious. 
In other words, the qualities of  leaders and followers are very similar.
The chief of these qualities are:
        (1)     Knowledge.
        (2)     Skill.
        (3)     Determination.
        (4)     Endurance.
        (5)     Courage.
        (6)     Cunning.
        (7)     Imagination.
        (8)     Confidence.
No one is greater than the other, but the first of all is knowledge.
Paraphrased by me from a quote by Brevet Colonel J.F.C. Fuller, D.S.O. in his article: “Moral, Instruction and Leadership” in Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. LXV (1920)

We get the leaders we deserve. 

Are we “LIONS” – then we will get leaders who are “LIONS”

And if behave like meek “STAGS” (deer) we will get leaders who also behave like deer, meek and weak.

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