Radhanath Swami’s Witty Tips for Leaders

Radhanath Swami’s Witty Tips for Leaders

Radhanath Swami’s Witty Tips for Leaders

Everybody has two sides to his/her personality, one of which is the divine. You should focus on the divine side and fan it. Real leadership means to bring the best side of everyone.

I cling on to these words spoken by Radhnath Swami whenever I feel cynical about the people I lead. But it’s the attitude that we are simply servants, working for the welfare of our dependents, that takes these words to the level of action. Scouring through Vedic history for good kings, we see every one of them spend the formative years of their lives at the hermitage of a guru, where they engage in menial services as part of their education. Thus, later their kingship stood on the foundation of service attitude.

Some years ago, I was introducing a student of one of the premier technological institutes of India, IIT, to Radhanath Swami, “He is a topper in his department.”

Radhanath Swami asked him, “What’s the reverse of TOP?”


“One on TOP has to wash POT to become a good leader.”

On another occasion, I was introducing a leader of a project to Radhanath Swami, “He is the Overall Cordinator.” Radhanath Swami turned to him and said, “Over- all should be taken as all-(are)-over us. We are humble servants of those we lead.”

Acharya Ratna Das, Vice President, ISKCON Kolkata.

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98 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Witty Tips for Leaders”

  1. September 7, 2010 at 9:10 am
    Neha Viral Chaglani

    A perfect teacher… Maharaj explains the best teachings in just few words.. I pray that one day i understand his mood and follow in my life completely… He is embodiment of real humility..

  2. September 7, 2010 at 9:56 am
    vinay rachh

    A very nice thought on being a true leader

  3. September 7, 2010 at 11:21 am

    I am stunned by the wisdom of Radhanath maharaj. These instructions are very tru for any leader.

  4. September 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Vaikuntha Conciousnesss shared by Radhanth Swami as we are servant and all others are master, true quaity of a leader

  5. September 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Radhnath Swami Maharaj always stresses the mood of servant of the servant, and he shows exactly how to keep the leaders in the right mood. All glories to Radhnath Swami Maharaj!!

  6. September 8, 2010 at 2:54 am
    Sanjiv Chandnani

    How Maharaj understands the psychology and thus gives instructions is quiet amamzing

  7. September 8, 2010 at 9:21 am
    priya aiyar

    HH Radhanath Maharaj is himself an exemplary leader.He is just like Krishna drawing the chariot of Arjuna wherein he leads not as a boss but with a service attitude.

  8. September 8, 2010 at 11:02 am
    Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami has used a good analogy TOP vs POT

  9. September 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm
    anil manga

    Radhanath Swami is awesome. Thank you very much for sharing such a nice incident.

  10. September 9, 2010 at 12:29 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    I like Maharaj’s quick and witty remarks. They teach us so many things. Indeed very deep meaning. Thanks for sharing. Jai !!!

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  12. September 9, 2010 at 5:46 am
    Tushar Gaikwad

    Radhanath swami teaches sublime truths in simplest and endearing way.

  13. September 9, 2010 at 8:50 am
    Dashrath Wasmatkar

    Wow, amazing leadership tips by Radhanath Swami.

  14. September 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Amazing pearls of wisdom!

  15. September 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    Through these words, Radhanath Swami wants leaders to be ‘servant leaders’.

  16. September 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    Yogesh Valhe

    Nice incidents. Radahanath Swami teaches small and yet important lesson thru his wit 🙂

  17. September 11, 2010 at 1:18 am
    Yogita Jagannathan

    Radhanath Swami’s sense of humour is so good ….. like his discourses. Both always have a point to make.

  18. September 11, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Swami ji you brought out the real meaing of leadership. Now a days we see exactly opposite.

  19. September 12, 2010 at 4:41 am
    Vrajachandrika dd

    I liked ir 🙂

  20. September 13, 2010 at 12:55 am
    Abhijit Toley

    In every interaction with Radhanath Swami, we learn the essential spiritual principle of humility.

  21. September 13, 2010 at 4:25 am
    Arjun RamachandraA

    Radhanath Swami being a true servant of all himself is the ideal example to follow in the matter of giving respect to everyone else. It is so difficult to follow but when i see such examples as Radhanath Swami i feel hopeful that some day i also can imbibe his exalted mood!

  22. September 13, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Such wonderful statements for the consciousness.

  23. September 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Very nice instructions by Radhanath swami as to what the positions of the Leaders should be in relation to their followers.

  24. September 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm
    Manish Raikundalia

    If all our leaders thought like Maharaj, this world would become a nice place.

  25. September 14, 2010 at 7:16 am
    a p sankhe

    i am not surprised at radhanath swamis responses . he can speak all this on the spot because he lives it.

  26. September 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

    Radhanath Swami has always been very kind to those who lead projects by puncturing their ego and giving them the right perspective of what it means to be humble leader.

  27. September 17, 2010 at 6:04 am
    Anil Timbe

    Simple but profound truths spoken in most amazing way by Radhanath Swami…thanks for sharing.

  28. September 22, 2010 at 9:14 am

    so inspiring!!!

  29. September 24, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    Satish Iyer

    Radhanath Swami is an expert at the art of preaching the Topmost science of Bhakti through his unique sense of humor.

  30. September 27, 2010 at 3:05 am

    Instructions to keep us always in the shelter of Lord and not our ego.

  31. September 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    Meera Sharma

    Very inspiring reminder from Maharajah
    “Real leadership means to bring the best side of everyone”.
    To become a good Leader, we must have service attitude.

  32. September 28, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Wonderful lesson Radhanath Swami has taught us here. To become a leader, one must have humility as the best jewel.

  33. September 28, 2010 at 5:32 am
    mani kumar

    amazing incidents truly memorable

  34. September 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

    All Glories To.H.H.Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How deep are the realisations , which help us understand not only day to day lessons, but profound lessons of excellence.

    Hare Krishna.

  35. September 30, 2010 at 7:55 am
    Vidya Patham

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj trains and expects his disciples to be firmly grounded. This is because he is such an exemplary Guru and is humble himself. Radhanath Swami ki Jai!

  36. October 3, 2010 at 3:24 am
    T.Sita Ramaiah

    Thank you very much for sharing this. H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj is a symbol of humility.

  37. October 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm
    Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami is a spiritual and a management Guru as well and we can be sure of this after looking at the rate at which his students are growing in number and also their spiritual qualities.

  38. October 12, 2010 at 4:33 am

    As rightly said by Radhanath Swami, real leader should try to bring best in everyone dependent on him.

  39. October 14, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives the tips by which a leader can be in proper consciousness of humble mood.

  40. November 7, 2010 at 11:32 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Very practical leadership tips by Radhanath Swami. Very rarely followed by people in the world

  41. December 22, 2010 at 5:53 am

    His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj shows the importance to be humble servants in order to become good leaders.

  42. March 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Very nice experience.

    Thanks for sharing us

  43. May 4, 2011 at 5:00 am
    Sagar Wadekar

    very well said by Maharaj… thanks for sharing..

  44. November 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Witty, indeed.

  45. March 8, 2013 at 1:06 am
    chetan warade

    Adopting each quality from Radhanath Swami’s life makes us more humble and actual leader for others.

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