Ghandi's Success as a Leader
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The paper looks at the early years of Mahatma Ghandi and examines his rise to become one of the most respected leaders in the world. The paper goes on to discuss how Ghandi's success as a leader was his ability to abandon a set style of leadership and conform to the circumstances that he and his movement were facing. The paper also emphasizes how he was the epitome of humility and integrity and fit into the servant leadership description provided by Greenleaf. The paper points out that because Ghandi was motivated purely by his internal desire to help his people and not by some external motivation such as the need for money or power, he was able to creatively craft a solution to the problems facing his people. In addition, this paper asserts that as significant as Ghandi's contributions were to his nation's independence, his contributions to society in general are far more significant.
From the Paper:"Ghandi's early life was rather ordinary with little indication of the greatness that lay ahead. Born into a middle class family he has been described by a number of biographers as a "mediocre student." Despite not distinguishing himself in high school and having been married when he was only thirteen Ghandi decided to become a barrister (lawyer). Because India was still under British rule, such studies required Ghandi to travel to England. During his time in England Ghandi became exposed to other religions and developed his deep appreciation for each of them. Of particular interest for Ghandi was his fondness for the New Testament's Sermon on the Mount. In later years this fondness would substantially affect his political views.
"Although his early legal career was largely unsuccessful, Ghandi fell accidently into several situations that developed into socially significant events. As Ghandi's unique method of involving himself in such issues became more widely known his reputation began to spread. Along the way, his power as a political leader did as well.
"The magical appeal of Ghandi was not only his ordinary childhood but his willingness to surrender nearly everything worldly in exchange for the privilege of serving his fellow Indians. From 1919 until his death in 1948, Ghandi occupied center stage in Indian politics and in doing so brought a spirituality and resilience that the world had never seen and has not seen since."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Gandhi, R. (2007) Ghandi:the man, his people, and the empire. University of California Press
- Northouse, G. (2007) Leadership theory and practice. (4th ed.) Thousand Oak, London
- Chaudhuri, Arindam, (2001) Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch Vikas Publication House
- Greenleaf, R.K., (2002) Servant Leadership: A journey into the nature of legitimate power and greatness (25th Anniversary ed.) New York: Paulist Press
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