Thursday, 11 September 2014

“Be a Race Horse, not an Ordinary Horse to Grow as a Leader” - Professor M.S.Rao

“An ambitious horse will never return to its old stable.” - Chinese Proverb

Students enter into educational institutions with high expectations and aspirations. They are filled with lots of energy and enthusiasm. They expect a lot from educational institutions and they also want to contribute their best to grow as successful students. However, the enthusiasm of some students fades away over a period of time in the campus. It is the responsibility of the educators to keep their energy and enthusiasm alive to enable them to accomplish their goals.  

Recently I conducted a leadership training program for some students who joined newly in the business school. After completion of the training program, I have the practice of encouraging question and answer session to enable students to clarify their questions and update their knowledge, skills and abilities. One of the students asked me a question the reason behind some students falling out of the track and getting into wrong zone and circle immediately after entering into campus. I replied him as follows:

The problem lies with students and also educators. Educators must guide students regularly from time to time and also inspire them. For students, it is the crucial stage either to make or mar. If they get into right circle, they excel as good students. If they enter into wrong circle, they fall out of the track. Therefore, educators must monitor students and counsel them from time to time. They must also ask the parents of the students to visit the campus periodically to update the progress of their children. Educators can bring out, if there are any irregularities, and it helps parents check their children. Parents should not keep the entire responsibility of their children on the educational institutions alone.  They must monitor their children at home and motivate them constantly by spending some time with them. Educators must also counsel and keep them on the right track and on the fast track to enable students to grow quickly in their academic activities. Therefore, there must be coordination from all stakeholders including educators, students, parents, and institutions to keep the energy and enthusiasm of the students alive forever in the campus.

It is said that you can take horse up to the pond but you cannot force it to drink. Students are like horses and educators are like jockeys who can take students up to the pond to drink water. They cannot force them to drink water. What educators can do is to educate students about the significance of drinking water and must inspire them to come out of their comfort zone to drink water.  In this context, water is nothing but availing the opportunities thrown at them.

Here is my message: Most of the students who enter educational institutions are horses, and my role as a leadership trainer is to convert these horses into race horses by grilling them constantly and grooming them continuously to make them as global leaders.  Remember the words of Harry Emerson Fosdick, “No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” - Dale Carnegie       

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