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 5, 2010 at 11:29 am

    we can learn a lot through Maharaj’s tips if we take it sincerely

  2. September 5, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    rajesh karia

    fantastic understanding, HHRM ki Jai! rajesh karia

  3. September 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm
    bhakti karia

    just wonderful, thanks for sharing the experience with us, regards, bhakti

  4. September 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Radhanath Swami is the true spiritual leader. Today’s society in great need for leaders like Radhanath Swami.

  5. September 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    such nice inspiring story…to be great and successful, we need to learn to serve others humbly….I pray to Maharaj and Lord to help me inculcate these qualities.

  6. September 5, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Radhanath Swami in his lectures also says about what the followers should be doing too: that we should cooperate with the authority keeping the higher principle of pleasing Srila Prabhupada in mind. Cause only this will lead to a flourishing spiritual congregation!

  7. September 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm
    das krishna daya

    Jai, this is how mahraj makes spiritual leaders. Glories to Guru Mahraj

  8. September 5, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Very important lesson!

  9. September 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm
    Vinay Malani

    Radhanath Swami always stresses on the need to cultivate humility as the foremost personality trait, without which one cannot make serious spiritual progress in one’s life.

  10. September 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm
    Piyush Singh

    “One on TOP has to wash POT to become a good leader.” A leader is a servant. What a fine understanding. Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  11. September 6, 2010 at 12:22 am
    CS Sandeep Shinde

    Radhanath Swami is an expert leader. Thank you very much for sharing.

  12. September 6, 2010 at 1:23 am

    There is lots to learn from Maharaj. Maharaj is not only great preacher but also great leader and follower. Maharaj ki jai.

  13. September 6, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Interestin and meaningful word juglerry 🙂

  14. September 6, 2010 at 3:10 am
    Rakesh Chandra

    Real leadership means to bring the best side of everyone-Wonderful point by radhanath swami.

  15. September 6, 2010 at 3:23 am
    hrishikesh mafatlal

    Radhanath Swami’s wit is legendary, and at the same time it never hurts anyone, only enhances love of God.

  16. September 6, 2010 at 3:59 am
    Milind M Churi

    A fantanstic expereince.Thanks for sharing with us.

  17. September 6, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Radhanath Swami’s quips are witty but lessons are profound.

  18. September 6, 2010 at 4:43 am
    B.J. ARORA

    Radhanath Swami so kindly wants us to realize our position of being the eteranal servant of the servants of God as early as possible. Therefor his reminder to us time and again.

  19. September 6, 2010 at 4:43 am
    Prahalad Kaul

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj stresses so much on the servitorship attitude which also reflects through his dealings.

  20. September 6, 2010 at 5:19 am
    Darshan Mehta

    Fabulous tips to become a great leader! All glories to Radhanath Swami!!!

  21. September 6, 2010 at 5:22 am

    As soon as one becomes complacent of the reality of being just a servant, there are innumerable problems that get created. Radhanath Swami using his wonderful humour is carefully guiding his students to be careful.

  22. September 6, 2010 at 5:31 am
    Abhishek C

    Contrary to popular belief, a leader is the foremost servant of all he/she leads; and Radhanath Swami drills this message through his leading disciples in the most glorious way.

  23. September 6, 2010 at 5:33 am
    Sujit Mehta

    Understanding the meaning of Leadership in today’s world means, how can you be on the top and exploit others in the name of being a motivator to enhance your own position. Rarely does one bother to analyze the madness. Radhanath Swami guides persons to be prolific Leaders who take great pains in nurturing souls to identify their true self and in process of reaching the ultimate goal of life, who in turn lead and guide many more.

  24. September 6, 2010 at 5:47 am
    Kajal gandhi

    Guru Maharaj is an expert teacher and knows how to drive home the point.

  25. September 6, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Very Beautifully said thats true, we have to be always a menial servant of all, thank you prabhuji for sharing this, Koti Koti Dandavats to Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  26. September 6, 2010 at 7:56 am
    rambaboo maheshwari

    When Radhanath Swami says something like this mostly reminding us our position as a servant. POT or Over-all.

  27. September 6, 2010 at 8:17 am
    Samir Paleja

    Thanx for sharing

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  29. September 6, 2010 at 9:48 am
    Pradeep Kumar

    Amazing description of a leader, never thought in this terms. The same principle we see in the life of Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

  30. September 6, 2010 at 10:40 am
    vinay rachh

    A very ice thought on management thinking oneself as a servant

  31. September 6, 2010 at 11:00 am

    It does not take some efforts on the part of Radhanath Swami to find a chance to serve others. It comes so natural to him that love and service are integral part of his nature. Really, Radhanath Swami is an ocean of wisdom.

  32. September 6, 2010 at 11:28 am
    Pawan Sabharwal

    In this world everyone is trying to be on TOP but no understanding of washing the POT’s , being the servant. Another Radhanath Swami special.

  33. September 6, 2010 at 11:31 am
    M Pandu Rangayya Shetty

    Radhanath Swami clearly proves that everyone is a servant of others irrespective of his position. all positions are service oriented. All glories to Radhanath Swami.

  34. September 6, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Vaishali Kamat

    Radhanath Swami always emphasises on Humulity.

  35. September 6, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj gives us great instructions in simple words!

  36. September 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Ravi Garg

    Radhanath Swami always wants the leaders to be humble & thus lead their followers in servitude

  37. September 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Shikhar Maheshwari

    HH Radhanath Swami shows by his personal example how the person who is at the top is the one who serves every body as a part and parcel of God.

  38. September 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm
    Manish Advani

    Radhanath Swami through one word has conveyed the message

  39. September 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Mangesh Kulkarni

    When would these teachings be far and wide? So wonderful this world will be then…

  40. September 6, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Simplify wonderful.Simple but having deep meaning.Thanks for sharing it.

  41. September 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Radhanth Swami is a personification of humility & tolerance, he makes sure that all his stundents follow the path.

  42. September 7, 2010 at 2:35 am
    Ram Mohan Gupta

    Thanks for sharing these tips. Radhanath Swami is expert in conveying the deepest messages in such simple ways.

  43. September 7, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Thank you for sharing.
    It is difficult but necessary.

  44. September 7, 2010 at 4:26 am

    “Reverse of TOP is POT” nice humor and a good lesson from Radhanath swami.

  45. September 7, 2010 at 5:26 am
    Samir Paleja

    Interesting lessons to be learn!

  46. September 7, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Maharaj very nicely explained how a leader should be humble.

  47. September 7, 2010 at 6:16 am
    prashant v

    thank you very much for enlightening unless we accept a humble and menial position as servant of others we are not actually building the foundation for effective leadership

  48. September 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Radhanath Swami breathes ‘humility’. These its so natural. And what he says in a witty manner too is so deep and full of essence.

  49. September 7, 2010 at 6:51 am

    Radhanath Swami breathes ‘humility’. Thus its so natural. And what he says in a witty manner too is so deep and full of essence.

  50. September 7, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Subita Chaddha

    Maharaj’s witty words can bring an immediate smile on your face and at the same time teach you a lesson that can make you smile for a life time!

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