The Very Special People


Wednesday, October 13, 2010



What makes an effective leader? This is a very important question that we hear almost everyday in our life. Yet, the answers we get are mostly bookish and unrealistic as a result we keep on diverting ourselves from this very significant question.

I’ve have been reading a lot of stuff about Robin Sharma these days. Robin Sharma is a renowned writer of the famous book- ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’. Sharma was recently the guest speaker in one of the B-School in Switzerland where he explained his views about the leadership. For Robin Sharma- ‘leadership comes from an inner sense of who you really are’. Sharma pointed out that “our performance on the outside is a reflection of what is going inside”.

Sharma insists, the great essence of leadership is the quality of positively inspiring creativity in others, and that requires developing one’s inner self. “We can’t celebrate another human being unless we have first celebrated ourselves”. “We must have great ideas inside to have great ideas in our work.”

I was really impressed with one thing in particular that Sharma said- great leadership is tied to who you are as a person, rather than to your official position. He advised executives to become “rock stars” at work, and finally to awaken the inner leader in themselves.

As per Sharma, The best leaders share 7 basic characteristics:
- They are ridiculously good at what they do
- They are ferociously curious.
- They balance the artist with the engineer.
- They leave most other people better off.
- They prefer marathons to sprints.
- They edit and then amplify.
- And finally, their “video is in sync with their audio.” In other words, they don’t just talk a good line, they deliver on what they promise.

One other very interesting thing that Sharma said was- we should ideally wake up early in the morning to strategize and plan our day. Ben Franklin used to say it: “There is plenty of time to sleep when you are dead.” Superior performance invariably requires rehearsal. “How can you be the Madonna of manufacturing, or the Mozart of management, if you don’t practice ahead of time?“ Sharma asked.

I suggest everyone to follow what the great Robin Sharma has said and make a significant difference to your life.

PS- For those who missed my first audio post here is a better one. Hope you will enjoy the audio, do share your thoughts about it.  


Vibhuti said...

hey Vivek,
extremely sorry for not visiting here for quite a while. Was away from the blogosphere for personal reasons. :( And I seem to have missed out on reading a lot of good stuff. Robin Sharma's books are great guiding lights and there are many anecdotes that have inspired me and helped me grow!

rantravereflect/ jane said...

i likedthe book- though i think robin sharma is overrated- ya voice sounds electronik by the way- modified?

jemina said...

WOW, thanks for sharing this. I so totally agree with “We can’t celebrate another human being unless we have first celebrated ourselves”. I'll be looking his book up. Celebrate yourself first Vivek, you MUST!!! :)))))

Dimple said...

Hiiiiii Vivek, it's amazing listening to you!! So on the way to become a Business Guru! Great Job my friend!! Keep it up! :-)

Vivek Nanda said...

@Vibhuti, hey welcome back, I'm happy to see you visit here :-)...Hope things are good at your side. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Vivek Nanda said...

@Jane, thanks for visiting again. Actually, I didn't modify the voice but looks like whenever I convert an audio to youtube video it does change slightly.

Vivek Nanda said...

@Jemina, thank you thank feels nice...see I'm celebrating after reading your comment :)

Vivek Nanda said...

@Dimple, hey thanks for visiting here again friend. No guru yaar, just sharing what I know :)

Anonymous said...

I actually do agree with quite a few things he said, planning is essential if you are to go anywhere in life and unless one is ridiculously good at what they do people won;t even bother looking up to them as leaders.

I like your blog for the little tidbits of information, inspiration and reading materials you feature. Keep up the good work.

From Toronto, Canada

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

Am visiting your blog first time. It would take few more visits to know your blog well and what you write about.

Vivek Nanda said...

@Trishna, thanks for visiting here and liking the blog. I hope you be a regular visitor to my blog. Take Care, CHEERS!!

Vivek Nanda said...

@Kiran, Welcome and thank U for your visit here.
Well, I know one thing that will seriously interest you i.e. Health and Fitness :). May be you can start discovering my blog by searching labels such as Health, Fitness etc. I do write a bundle of posts on the same. Anyway, thank you again for visiting here and sharing your thoughts. Hope you like it here,Take Care!!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

very true, when I plan my days I always feel like a huge leader! It's always interesting to me to study leadership because it's fascinating how it is all across the world. Great points here and LOVE the insight!

Vivek Nanda said...

@Caitlin, hey thanks for agreeing to me here. Hope I can feature more useful information on leadership.

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