MohandasKaramchand who is known as Mahatma Gandhi was born in October 2, 1869 at Porbandar, India.He is one of the most known and successful leader of India. Heis mostly known as Mahatma Gandhi all over the world. Mahatma means the divinesoul in South African language. He is also known as “Bappu” which means fatherin Indian language as he was treated as father of the nation during the periodof anti-British movement.Being born in a very small village inIndia and remote place Gandhi was successful to bring all the Indian peopleunder one roof to protest against British Government. He was born in a countrywhere people were discriminated in terms of caste, poor infrastructures of development,and a non-independent country.
He was the first one to raise the voice againstthe British government and seek for the change while India was ruled byBritain. People who used to raise voice against British government used to belocked up and tortured. Gandhi was locked up numerous times while raising hisvoice against the British government. Gandhi’s protest was always nonviolent.
He didn’t believe in violence. He believed in the power of the community,society and the country men to bring the change rather than guns and bullets.He started various forms of protest during anti British regime in India -Hunger protest, walking long distance with his followers and public speeches.Gandhi, when we look at his picture – isreally thin built with a walking stick on his hand. His pictures describe hispersonality and charisma.
He might look thin and weak, but his intelligence andleadership quality is top of the point. He was always very well informed of thecurrent events and knew how to unite people for a cause. He urged the countrymen to support him on anti-British activity- eventually everyone supported hisas well. Everyone believed in his vision and they could see that plan laid bywhim could free the Indian people from the British.He always had a clear vision and goalsand he planned very well to achieve them. He knew that to move Britishgovernment from India he would have to educate people in India at first.
Hestarted constructing school, colleges in his hometown for which he was arrestednumerous times. He started to reunite people for building schools, cleaning cities,and building infrastructures. People eventually believed in his plan andsupported him in the anti-British movement. But, Gandhi always requested to hissupporters for a non-violence protest. He is very committed to non-violence.Gandhi was exiled and locked up numeroustimes during Anti British protest. Even during his hard time during the jailwhere he was beaten several times, and was not offered a single drop of waterhe never gave up. He was always planning and preparing for his next step.
Hewas always thinking how can he reunite the country and free his country andmake India an independent country.Indian people till date believes thatGandhi was one of the successful leader of India of all time and I second thatas well. Learning and studying about the qualities of leadership (Fundamentalsof Leadership (Unit 1), EffectiveThinking (Unit 2), and EmotionalIntelligence (Unit 3)). I have even realized the same.
I see him as a greatleader as well. He was always adoptable to the situations. He knew what kind ofsteps he needs to be taken during times. No matter if the times are bad orgood. He never gave up.
He knew what his dream .He was kept following it untilhe achieved it which is one of the most needed traits for a leader.For a successful leader he- she needs tobe aware of the society and its situation as well. He knew that the society he’sliving in needs to be educated in order to move the British government out of India.
He created awareness in the society which is also an exemplary instance ofgreat leadership quality. Gandhi was knowledgeable, confident and very consistenttowards his goals. He never gave up though he faced numerous challenges whileachieving his goal.
To sum up he had all the leadership qualities that a greatleader should possess.Gandhi was an effective thinker. His thoughtof eliminating the poverty from India was appraising.
He was the first one toraise the voice against caste systems in India. It took him long time toeradicate caste system, poverty and even the British government but it took alot a patience, confidence, positivity and emotional intelligence to win overthe challenges.It would be doubtful for a person toachieve what he has achieved if he didn’t have positivity. Gandhi never gaveup.
He never stopped believing in himself. He fought for the country until his lastbreath. His values, moral, paths are followed by many generations after him tilldate and is still being followed. Gandhi has been true inspirations to manyleaders and to other famous person after him. Great Leaders like PresidentObama, Steve Jobs, Jawal Nehru has praised the deeds and leadership qualitiesof Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi himself being so powerful and one of the main membersof Indian congress and even known as father of nation he lived his life in avery simple manner. He never had big houses, car, or fancy dresses. He alwaysdressed simple which I found more impressive which always gives us theimpression that the leader can be simple as an ordinary person. The leader isnot only born in big cities or highly developed countries. Successful leadersare also born in villages, in a poor family who can reunite and bring all theyouth and countrymen of the whole country together for the protest againsttheir sovereignty, independence and freedom.For all these reasons, I have chosenMahatma Gandhi as my leader for this class assignment.
I believe it would be agreat idea to share more history and facts about Mahatma Gandhi with my classas lot of people wouldn’t know about him. There are numerous books aboutMahatma Gandhi that was been published till date. Most of them are tied toleadership, non violence, and Positivity which will help me analyze his leadership style, traits and behaviors throughout thiscourse.