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CATCHING THEM YOUNG: Shashi Tharoor, MP, interacting with young student leaders at Tagore International School in New Delhi on Monday, watched by Principal Madhulika Sen.
CATCHING THEM YOUNG: Shashi Tharoor, MP, interacting with young student leaders at Tagore International School in New Delhi on Monday, watched by Principal Madhulika Sen.

A novel leadership summit, “Lead on” , to figure out what it takes to be a good leader was organised by the Student Council of Tagore International School at Vasant Vihar here on Monday. Head girls and head boys of 35 schools from Delhi and the National Capital Region took part in the event which was also attended by young political leaders Shashi Tharoor and Varun Gandhi.

Mr. Tharoor emphasised the importance of team work and said: “It is not about I, but we .” Leaders, he said, “should not take credit but give credit to their followers” and added that it was not contribution that mattered but whole-hearted commitment.

He said self-belief and the ability to think clearly in different situations was the hallmark of a good leader, and this point was further emphasised by a workshop, ‘What's your Perspective?', that followed his address.

The students were shown a video clip from the much talked about movie Rang De Basanti showing a scene where the Chief Minister gets shot. They were bombarded with mind-boggling questions such as ‘Could this be avoided?', ‘What steps could they have taken?', ‘Is violence always the answer in Indian political scenarios?', ‘What should they have done?', and were asked to work out a better ending.

Varun Gandhi also spoke about the qualities of leadership and said being young was not easy. He told the children to dream big and strive all the time to achieve their goals.

This was followed by another event, ‘If I were a Leader', where the young leaders were given a hypothetical situation to react immediately to bring out their ability to think on their feet.

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