Gandi and his leadership has been marked as one of the most influential leaders of history. Why is a leader from India so influential to the people? His leadership has stood beside Martin Luther King, Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, Al Gore, etc. Gandhi is influential because he used love and honesty to lead the people of India. This reminds me to the quote by Lao Tzu,
“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
A good leader is one that doesn’t distinguish themselves from others. Gandhi was definitely did not put himself above others, for he dressed in the simplistic clothing and lived just as frugal as others in India. Just by looking at him in this picture, you can barely distinguish Gandhi with his people because he was just as common as others. Therefore, people followed him because he was an ordinary man that believed that he could free India from the British Empire. His success with his leadership was that he had a clear goal, and used a non-violent approach to free the people of India.
I think from Gandhi, we can analyze that a good leader isn’t one that tells the people how to fight the war, but one that fights the war with the people.
Gandhi once said ,” You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
He took the step of being the one to change the future of India. He did not need others to tell him what to do. When you know something should be done, do it. A leader doesn’t need the approval another, but a leader is one that makes the rules. His leadership was simply humanistic and heartwarming. His leadership was loved by his people and appreciated by the people around the world because it is true that a man with a heart, can lead the people with love.