I believe compassion is the number one quality of true leadership. Every true leader in the human history is a loving, compassionate individual. I do not understand the titles, the leader of software, hardware, mega ware, mighty ware, enterprise etc, if one can’t make eye contact to the janitor or the junior software programmer, passing by, working for the virtual enterprise. Do I sound cynical here?  For some reason, every time I come across someone like that, “Ozymandias” by P B Shelley, pops up into my mind, out of nowhere.

How do you share thoughts on leadership with a child? Share a story…? The small town that I come from, used to have beggars.  We used to get constant flow of beggars, every day. My mother would keep aside some rice ready to give for each. She worried, if she did not find the regular beggar, for a couple of days. If they come back a few days later, she would rush to serve and ask; bagunnava?(How are you?) raledem?( Why  didn’t you come by?).  They exchange genuine smiles and conversation, for few seconds. Sometimes that’s all we need, human to human, spirit to spirit, just a tiny bit of recognition of the sacred spirit, almighty, that resides in all of us. A beggar in India, homeless in America, the janitor, the software junior programmer, the leader … Don’t we all get buried as unknown in the human history one day?

“The ordinary man is living a very abnormal life, because his values are upside down.

Money is more important than meditation;

Logic is more important than love; mind is more important than heart;

Power over others is more important than power over one’s own being.

…Mundane things are more important than finding… some treasures which death cannot destroy.” Osho.


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