Monday, 25 August 2014

“Leadership is all about Stretching Yourself Constantly” - Professor M.S.Rao

"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." – Patanjali

Some of the participants ask me questions during my leadership development training programs, the reasons for my success despite not having formal higher education from educational institutions. I tell them that I have passion to learn and grow since childhood.  I enjoy reading books regularly. While traveling also, I have the practice of carrying at least one book to acquire knowledge and utilize my time.  I have cultivated this habit since childhood. Also, I carry a notebook and pen throughout the day to jot down the ideas that pop up in my mind.  Such habits with my consistent and persistent efforts helped me achieve success despite having several limitations such as money, resources and regular education.

I discovered my passions towards the area of learning and leadership, and I started to work constantly on these areas. Whenever I read books on leadership, executive education and CEOs I get excited. Whenever I interact with students I get energized. I discovered my passions; realized the areas to work; and the people to serve. Therefore, I created my vision to build one million students as global leaders by 2030.

I started stretching and acquired new abilities and skills. I come out of my comfort zone to stretch myself. I began taking risks and experimented on various ways. I failed in many areas but I learned lessons quickly and reinvented myself.  In fact, stretching helps you grow as a great leader. Unfortunately, most people get complacent and remain in their comfort zones.  You must stretch yourself in the early stage of your life to grow gradually as a leader. The kind of experience and the lessons you learn when you stretch cannot be learned in educational institutions. It is for this reason, educational institutions emphasize on extracurricular activities to encourage students to grow as leaders. Students learn many things like resolving conflicts; managing diversified people; and building teams to achieve the desired objectives.   

Globally lots of leadership talent and potential is lying untapped. Many people are born and dead without realizing their potential. If you can make people realize their potential; help them utilize their time; channel their energies in a right direction; and inspire them to stretch themselves, you can build great leaders who can make a difference to the world.  I am in the process of doing it through my ‘Vision 2030: One Million Global Leaders’. URL:

"Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future." - Edwin H. Friedman

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