Friday, 4 January 2013

“Power of Students” - Professor M.S.Rao

“The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence.” - Ernest Hemingway

In one of my recent soft skills training programs a participant asked why the youth in India are not encouraged to lead the country.  I thought for a moment and replied as follows:
Leadership is not the privilege of the few. Anybody can lead the country as long as there is fire among them to lead and a heart to make a difference in the lives of people.  Indian culture and mindset is different from rest of the world where we respect the aged and experienced people.  These people have seen the life and faced several challenges and can take more precautions to minimize mistakes and maximize leadership effectiveness.  These are some of the reasons why the aged and experienced people lead the country in India.  At the same time the old people have regimented thoughts and are hardwired with conventional thinking with traditional approach which proves to be costly sometimes.

When we look at young people they have tons of fire and passion to lead this country but don’t have any experience. Most of the times they do good as they don’t have any inhibitions but sometimes make mistakes that prove to be costly for the country. When we look holistically the youth are very powerful. We cannot underestimate their intelligence, competencies and capabilities. When you look at Mark Zuckerberg he set the trend for young that students can achieve anything and everything in this world. He has been listed as the youngest billionaire CEO in the Fortune 500 companies.  Similarly, Michael Dell the founder of Dell, and the founders of Google to name a few have started in the young age and excelled as successful entrepreneurs.  They were students whose dreams began on the educational institutions.  This shows the power of students. The present day students are much more powerful and are highly ambitious than their predecessors.  They are quick thinkers and learners backed by technological bent of mind.  

While old people follow the trend the young people set the trend. Both have merits and demerits. But when we want our country to progress quickly we need young people to lead this country.  Even if they make mistakes they can correct themselves and bounce back and take the country forward by learning lessons from their failures as age is in their favor. Hence, more youth will participate to lead our country in the near future and take our nation to glory.

"The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." - Pearl S. Buck

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