‘Bad leaders actively misguide and create followers’

Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party is a leader because he faces challenges not with ease, but effectively and that is why I support him, entrepreneur and educator Shiv Khera said here on Saturday.

He said this in response to a question from a student on how a leader faced challenges with ease, at a session on ‘Leadership for Self Development’ organised by Hindusthan Educational Institutions at the Hindusthan College of Arts and Science grounds.

The Hindu was the media partner for the event.

That was why under similar circumstances, some people broke records while others broke themselves, said the founder of Qualified Learning Systems Inc., the U.S. “For the former, success is a conviction, while for the latter it is a preference.” He urged the audience, mostly consisting of students, to make success a burning desire. Under pressure, preferences became weak, while conviction turned stronger.

Referring to his next book on leadership, Mr. Khera said that there were only good or bad leaders.

“There is nothing called ‘neutral leaders’. Good leaders actively guide and create more leaders. Bad leaders actively misguide and create followers.”

To the majority who raised hands in acknowledgement of the accepted theory that anything was possible by thinking positive, he told them that they were wrong. “It is a myth that positive thinking makes everything possible. Mere positive thinking does not guarantee success. Positive action and efforts increase the probability of success,” Mr. Khera said.

Referring to instances from the life of Mohammed Ali, he attributed the boxer’s success to his skill and will. “But, between the two, Ali stressed that will is a little more important than the skill. Because when you are down on the floor, it is not your skill that will lift you to your feet, but your will.”

Lamenting the importance people attached to the habit of reading horoscopes and superstitious beliefs such as a cat crossing one’s way, Mr. Khera pointed out that great men of our country such as Swami Vivekananda did not believe in such superstitions.

The talk was the first in the ‘Youth Empowerment Series’ started by the college.

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