Tuesday 28 July 2015

A tribute to a great Leader – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam - ‘The People’s President’

The People's President

This post is a tribute to a great leader, a visionary who through his works earned a name ‘The People’s President’. Rising from humble beginnings, an Indian scientist and administrator, Abdul Kalam served as the 11th President of India from 2002 until 2007. One amongst the most respected people of the country, Abdul Kalam contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president. He was honored with great laurels and awards for his work by both the Government of India and other countries. After completing his term as President, Abdul Kalam served as a visiting professor in various esteemed institutes and universities of India.

Through this post, I would like to share few of his thoughts concerning the attributes of a leader. Here are few inspiring quotes from the visionary:

 “It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.”
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”.
“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.”
“If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.”
“All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.”
 “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.”
“Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail. “

Of the many great words from him, few thoughts that have personally inspired me the most are:
·         You have to dream before your dreams can come true.
·         That a leader should be willing to travel on unexplored paths.
·         A leader should know how to manage success and failure. (When the success came he gave it to the team; and when there was failure he owned the failure)

There is a great meaning and depth to these thoughts, how we relate, apply and practice it in our day to day events define the quality of leadership. In any organization, leaders who explore its potential bring success and cheer to people around them. Organizations that have leaders like this thrive; and a nation that has leaders aligned to these thoughts flourishes.