Why is there a lack of leadership in India? (28 Thoughts of Sadhguru)

Why is there a lack of leadership in India? (28 Thoughts of Sadhguru)

In this article, we are going to share the reasons for the lack of leadership in India, which is well explained by Sadhguru. He told what is the position of leadership in India, which reason behind the lack of leadership in India, what kind of thinking process we should have to grow leadership, and what should we do for it. So let’s read Sadhguru’s valuable answer on leadership. Also, sharing here the important lessons from the answer that will help you to well understanding this lesson.

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Why Is There A Lack Of Leadership In India? (Sadhguru’s Answer)

India is a tremendous talent pool. I’m not speaking this out of my nationalistic fervor. But what I see is, if you pick up a bunch of hundred people off the streets of Mumbai, or Bangalore, or Chennai, or somewhere, you will find generally they are higher intellect than what you can pick up anywhere in the world.

Generally, their natural intellect is very high… but it is one of the most disorganized intellects. They have intelligence but organization has not happened, which essentially means a lack of leadership. There has not been inspiring leadership for a long time. We get leaders only when there is a super crisis. We don’t get leaders to manage our well-being and enhance our well-being. Mahatma Gandhi is born because we are in a total mess. Somebody else has occupied us and everything bad has been done to us. Naturally to stand up and be a leader, to create good things, to maintain good things, and to enhance good things in the world, I have not seen a leader like that for a long time in the history of this country.

There are many factors to this. One main factor is – we have been an occupied nation for too long and somehow we have developed this attitude – “Don’t put your head up, put it down and go home.” “Don’t confront problems, avoid problems” has been our attitude always. Even today, mothers are teaching their children – “If there’s any problem on the street, just put your head down and come home. Don’t try to fix it, that’s not your problem.” Essentially, a leader means in some way you’re willing to confront problems. You’re willing to seek out problems and possible problems and fix them before they happen. But that attitude has not been there, so we’ve not built leadership. And also, being an occupied nation, we did not build many layers of leadership.

If a good leader comes up there, everybody will start worshiping him. A leader does not need worship. He needs many tiers of leadership for him to find traction and do something meaningful. If leadership has to find expression in the world, or in a nation, or in a state, or in an industry, or whatever, you need many tiers of leadership. But in our society, generally, when a good leader comes up, we will see worship. Somebody will start building temples for him, somebody will start doing pooja for him, all these things start happening. We have to shift from this attitude. Looking up to a leader for inspiration is good, but losing all sense about him is not good.

We need to develop many tiers of leadership in this country. I am not talking about Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers because generally, their tenure is five years. But there’s another set of leaders in the society, who may be business leaders, who may be bureaucratic leaders, and social leaders of various kinds, who have a solid twenty-five to thirty years to impact. Because if you’re thinking of any kind of serious impact, you have to think at least twenty-five years at a time, otherwise nothing significant can be done.

A revolution is not about “I want you to change.” This’s not a revolution, this is a problem, and this is the basis of all problems. “I’m willing to change” – this is a revolution. To bring this forth in everybody – “Whatever is needed for the situation, I am willing to change myself and do my best in this given situation” – this is a revolution. This is the revolution we need in this country right now. Because everybody is stuck to their own mindsets, their own castes, their own creeds, their own whatever different kinds of things.

Everybody is an activist for his own causes. There is no bloody cause, which is good enough in this world, except human well-being. There is no other cause that is worthy of human attention. If we dedicate ourselves to that, everyone in some way will become a leader.

If your fundamental thing is when you step out of your home, you need to think “Today, wherever possible, whichever way possible, I will impact as many people as possible…” You can either impact them positively, or negatively, or you can let it pass by. Whatever the nature of your job, whether you are just a salesperson, sales manager, manager, even if you’re a beggar on the street – it doesn’t matter who you are, either you can positively impact somebody, negatively impact somebody or let it pass.

So according to one’s capacity to do things, depending upon one’s intelligence, competence, capability, and the position that we hold at a given moment, our impact may be small or big but we can impact. If we exercise this choice every moment of our life, wherever we are, whoever comes in touch with you, you will positively impact them in whatever way possible, you are a leader.

The time also decides how impactful we are at a given time in history. But the important thing is that you take up this responsibility – whoever comes in front of you, you will somehow make a positive impact on their life. If you start doing this, you are a leader.

28 Thoughts on Leadership by Sadhguru

1. “India is a tremendous talent pool.” ― Sadhguru

2. “If you pick up a bunch of hundred people off the streets of India, you will find generally they are higher intellect than what you can pick up anywhere in the world.” ― Sadhguru

3. “The natural intellect of Indian people is very high… but it is one of the most disorganized intellects. Which means lack of leadership.” ― Sadhguru

4. “We get leaders only when there is a super crisis. We don’t get leaders to manage our well-being and enhance our well-being.” ― Sadhguru

5. “Naturally to stand up, to create good things, to maintain good things and to enhance good things in the world, I have not seen such a leader for a long time in the history of this country.” ― Sadhguru

6. “One main factor of lack of leadership is that we have been an occupied nation for too long and somehow we have developed the attitude – “Don’t put your head up, put it down and go home.” ― Sadhguru

7. “The main factor of lack of leadership is the attitude of “Don’t confront problems, avoid problems”.” ― Sadhguru

8. “Even today, mothers are teaching their children – “If there’s any problem on the street, just put your head down and come home. Don’t try to fix it, that’s not your problem.” ― Sadhguru

9. “A leader means in some way you’re willing to confront problems. You’re willing to seek out problems and possible problems and fix them before they happen.” ― Sadhguru

10. “The attitude of fixing problems has not been here. So, we’ve not built leadership.” ― Sadhguru

11. “Being an occupied nation, we did not build many layers of leadership.” ― Sadhguru

12. “If a good leader comes up there, everybody will start worshiping him. A leader does not need worship.” ― Sadhguru

13. “A leader does not need worship. He needs many tiers of leadership for him to find traction and do something meaningful.” ― Sadhguru

14. “If leadership has to find expression in the world, or in a nation, or in a state, or in an industry, or whatever, you need many tiers of leadership.” ― Sadhguru

15. “In our society, when a good leader comes up, we will see worship. Somebody will start building temples for him, somebody will start doing pooja for him. We have to shift from this attitude.” ― Sadhguru

16. “Looking up to a leader for inspiration is good, but losing all sense about him is not good.” ― Sadhguru

17. “If you’re thinking of any kind of serious impact, you have to think at least twenty-five years at a time, otherwise nothing significant can be done.” ― Sadhguru

18. “Everybody is stuck to their own mindsets, their own castes, their own creeds, their own whatever different kinds of things. We need a revolution to change their mindset.” ― Sadhguru

19. “A revolution is not about “I want you to change” This’s not a revolution, this is a problem, and this is the basis of all problems.” ― Sadhguru

20. “I’m willing to change” – this is a revolution.” ― Sadhguru

21. “To bring this forth in everybody – “Whatever is needed for the situation, I am willing to change myself and do my best in this given situation” – this is a revolution.” ― Sadhguru

22. “I want you to change” – This is not a revolution. “I’m willing to change” – this is a revolution.” ― Sadhguru

23. “There is no bloody cause, which is good enough in this world, except human well-being. If we dedicate ourselves to that, everyone will become a leader.” ― Sadhguru

24. “It doesn’t matter who you are, either you can positively impact somebody, negatively impact somebody or let it pass.” ― Sadhguru

25. “According to one’s capacity to do things, depending upon one’s intelligence, competence, capability, and the position our impact may be small or big but we can impact.” ― Sadhguru

26. “If you exercise to impact people every moment of your life, wherever you are, whoever comes in touch with you, you will positively impact them in whatever way possible, you will become a leader.” ― Sadhguru

27. “The time decides how impactful we are at a given time in history.” ― Sadhguru

28. “If you take the responsibility to make a positive impact on people’s lives, then you will become a leader.” ― Sadhguru

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