Perhaps one of the greatest examples of leadership in uncertain times in the 20th century, is Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi was born in 1869, when India was still a part of the British Empire. After an arranged marriage at the age of 13, Gandhi rebelled against his deeply religious upbringing by smoking, eating meat and even stealing. By age 18, he went to London to study law. Six years later his employer sent him to South Africa, where he witnessed the deep-seated discrimination and racial segregation of South African society.
June 7, 1893, was perhaps the turning point in young Gandhi’s life when he was thrown off a train station by a white man after he refused to move to the back of the car. That would prove to be Gandhi’s first, but certainly not last, act of civil disobedience.
By 1906, Gandhi had organized his first mass civil disobedience campaign in South Africa. He would spend the next 9 years fighting for Indian rights in the country before returning home to fight for Indian liberation.
After years of struggle and multiple arrests, Gandhi’s “Quit India” movement in 1942 paved the way for Britain’s eventual withdrawal from the country.
To this day, world leaders, such as Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa and Nelson Mandela, scientists, philosophers and even entrepreneurs have drawn inspiration from Gandhi. He single-handedly inspired millions of people to action, preaching a message of love, tolerance and avoiding greed. His legacy, more than 150 years later is still analysed for relevance in the modern era’s turbulent times.
So, what can we learn from Ghandi in our quest to lead in uncertain times? In his 2019 article for Forbes Magazine, Nish Archaya highlights the following:
Are you a leader of a family and/or a leader of a business? If so, Gandhi’s leadership is a model for you to emulate.
Your answers to these questions may be the tools that will enable you “to be the change” non-violently yet forcibly in the same manner Ghandi did so effectively.
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