Faculty Development program Women’s Christian College, Chennai, 15.6.2017.
When we think of leaders, many of us carry this image of this all-knowing superhero who stands and commands and protects his followers. But that’s kind of an image from the previous era. The best leaders don’t create followers; they create more leaders. A leader leads based on strengths, not titles. A leader can be anyone on the team with a particular talent, who can take the team from ordinary to extraordinary by creatively thinking out of the box. Leadership is not a hierarchical notion, but a frame of mind and attitude. It is not about blowing a trumpet, but about making music that speaks to one’s soul. The primary focus of leadership journey is to identify the talents within us and in others, grow, support that and nurture that. Leadership is very diverse. It can be as intimate as words of guidance and encouragement to a loved one or as formal as instructions passed through extended lines of communication in organizations. Leadership can be nurturing the character and self-worth in children and promoting greater intimacy and fulfillment in personal relationships, or it can involve distributing diverse resources in an organization to accomplish a specific objective and task. An educator is a leader as he establishes a proactive learning environment for the students and challenges them to transcend their boundaries every day. Education is more than assessment and acquiring of knowledge. But it is a realization of the potential for personal development. It is dynamic. Educators create an environment that is truly sensational. The educators develop a classroom space that inspires development, that accepts diversity; that promotes creativity; that makes the students passionate about their studies. The students are constantly encouraged to question, to discover and to challenge, and satisfy their innermost desires. These educators invest themselves in the lives of the students. Such educators are real leaders.