Leadership Skills – The Gandhi Way

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (2nd October 1869 – 30th January 1948), is lovingly known as Bapu (Father), and is the Father of modern and democratic India. As we stand at the threshold of his birth anniversary, we need to remind ourselves that there is so much that we can learn from this amazing stalwart that mankind has known. It has never failed to amaze me as to how he was able to achieve what he aspired for – without force or might, by his indomitable will.

At a time and age when morals and values are trampled upon in the mad rush for fame, power and money, we need to stop and think: could it be possible to achieve all of this and more by upholding morality to the highest decree?

Another aspect of Gandhiji was his amazing and inspirational leadership style. His life story during the struggle for an independent India conveys an important management lesson on leadership – you can motivate and inspire your followers when you have a consistent high regard for values and character.

I ensure that a little bit of Gandhi is alive in the Soft Skills Training and Executive Coaching that I conduct. I urge all my readers to study the life of Gandhi – his subtle messages speak aloud and make characteristic sense today. His ideals can be applied to life and business alike.

MMM Training Solutions remembers Gandhiji with deep reverence on his birth anniversary and re-dedicates itself to helping its participants strengthen themselves – not by physical capacity, but through an indomitable will.

Integrity – The Stronghold of Successful Living

As a Soft Skills Trainer and Executive Coach, I believe that training would be starkly incomplete without touching upon the importance of Integrity in one’s life. It is the foremost value essential to success in all that we undertake. The essence of integrity is beautifully summed up in the quote by Don Galer, “Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” All of us at some point in life would have come across individuals with unswerving integrity, from whom we feel inspired to act according to the code of ethics and conduct. Peter Scotese once said, and I quote, “Integrity is not a 90% thing, not a 95% thing; either you have it or you don’t.” It is better to be known doing right, rather than be known for having done something wrong. Always remember that you judge and rate yourselves by what you are capable of doing and achieving; but the world judges you by what you have already done. So it is a lot better to live an honest life with integrity. For starters, it would be useful to follow a thumb rule: the test of real character lies in what you would do if you would never be found out. Success comes more easily to the person who treads upon the path of righteousness and goodness. It gives a sense of peace and spreads good-will all around. It needs to be inculcated very consciously into one’s life. Whenever you are at crossroads and in doubt about how to proceed in a particular situation, think about the following 3 questions: 1. What do you say? 2. What do you do? 3. What do you say you do? If the answer to these 3 questions are all the same, then you are one giant step closer to the success you are aspiring to achieve.