My First Lessons in Leadership

Written by Jayan Warrier Posted On Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:25

A leader isn’t someone born perfect, a showman or a rich one. She is like you and me - someone who emerges out of a necessity who chooses to do what is right.

I still vividly remember the first day of the leadership module I attended as part of the Masters program. As always, I was pretty excited to walk into the classroom after work. I was surprised to see our new professor in class, listening to music from an audio player, leaning back in his chair like a high school boy with both feet up on the table. This did not fit the image I had about someone who flew in to teach us leadership. Where was the tall, charismatic, influencer in a business suit, who would impress you in the first 5 seconds with an attractive smile and a firm handshake?

I was appalled! Would he be able to teach me anything useful? In the hours and days that followed, I fell in love with myself, as I uncovered the leader in me. I appreciated the professor so much who helped me to do the ‘spade work’. He commented in my written work – “dig into your inner self, without getting distracted with the noise outside”. Through poetry, videos, humor and his generous giving nature, he created a space – I experienced flashes of insights that planted the seeds for a transformation.

A leader isn’t someone born perfect, a showman or a rich one. She is like you and me - someone who emerges out of a necessity who chooses to do what is right. She is mindful of self and others, intentional in her words and deeds. She is someone who did her best and yet made mistakes. She is humble, driven from within and with the courage to be different.

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