Spiritual Questions and Answers with Radhanath Swami

Ready to be a leader?

By on November 10, 2012 in Life with 64 Comments


Question to Radhanath Swami: How do we know when we are ready to be a leader? And what do we do in the meantime?

Answer by Radhanath Swami: Really, our aspiration should be to serve. Leadership is just a very-very wonderful opportunity to serve. We shouldn’t be attached to be a leader; we should be attached to the service that we can render. Sometimes people strive to be a leader because they think they can really do great service to the society. And sometimes people don’t have any inclination to be a leader, but because of their self less service others put them in the position of leadership. Yes. That often happens. Sometimes the most qualified person to be a leader doesn’t want to be a leader.

Whether we are leading our a family, whether we are leading in the circle of a small friends, whether we are leading a business or whether we are leading an entire nation, we should all cultivate and strive to be leaders by the examples—by the words we speak and by the examples that we live. I have even seen humble street sweepers whose character and virtues are so good.  The real thing is to lead by setting an example of high ideals and high identity. And whether or not we come to the top of a particular field that we are working in, we can be a great leader if we live with character integrity and devotion.


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