Radhanath Swami’s Lesson in Leadership

Radhanath Swami’s Lesson in Leadership

Radhanath Swami’s Lesson in Leadership

During a press conference, former tennis great Billie Jean King was asked how she dealt with pressure, and she responded, “Pressure is a privilege. It only comes to those who have earned it.” This quote is one of my favourites, but it’s nonetheless hard when pressure gets on your nerves.

I remember. My husband and I were called upon to take a major responsibility some years ago. Bhakti Rasamrita Swami, the charismatic leader who developed a flourishing congregation of thousands in Belgaum, India, had moved out of Belgaum to answer an emergency elsewhere. The congregation, desperate for a leader, approached us. But how could my husband and I—even when put together—match the leadership calibre of Bhakti Rasamrita Swami? Fretful, I awaited an opportunity to seek the guidance of my guru Radhanath Swami before accepting the offer.

In my seventy-odd years in this world, I have often learnt lessons in the most informal settings. And this time I learnt one on a walkway. My daughter-in-law and I were on a stroll. Suddenly, we spotted Radhanath Swami walking out of Vrindavan Forest, his favourite garden in Mumbai, unaccompanied. My daughter-in-law probed me to grab this opportunity to discuss-out the Belgaum issue. So I walked to Radhanath Swami and burst out, “I am scared!”

“Are you scared of ME?” He first faked a quizzical look, before his body rocked in laughter. Even this initial exchange lifted half the pressure off me. “No,” I replied. “I am scared of taking up a leadership position.” I then went on to explain him my situation.

In the conversation that followed he explained how leadership is about becoming a servant of those we lead, it is about giving love to those we lead, it is all about being the best we can be—for the welfare of those we lead. “So just be yourself,” he concluded. “Don’t try to impress, but give love.”

The conversation lifted off all the remaining pressure.

–Kirtida Devi Dasi.


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185 Responses to “Radhanath Swami’s Lesson in Leadership”

  1. August 16, 2011 at 1:38 am
    Vaibhav Sharma

    Maharaj is ocean of spiritual wisdom and sweetness !!!

  2. August 16, 2011 at 2:16 am

    Radhanath Swami is himself the walking talkign example of a leader who simply gives and is not trying to “impress”

  3. August 16, 2011 at 10:12 am
    sundar ananda das

    very warm and friendly way that Maharaj calmed her down!

  4. August 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Very nice thank you for sharing

  5. August 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Good Leadership principle..

  6. August 18, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Useful for IITn’s

  7. August 31, 2011 at 3:59 am
    Radhasangi Devi Dasi

    Radhanath Swami gives a very clear understanding of what leadership should comprise of.
    Thank you for sharing

  8. September 2, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Haribol!

  9. September 6, 2011 at 4:45 am

    wow 1 that was really a different and such an appropriate perspective of leadership. thanks for sharing this..

  10. September 6, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Thanks you for sharing this.

  11. September 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing this article. Radhanath swami is showing how to be a good leader by his example.

  12. September 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

    “Just be yourself” what a nice way of easing the pressure

  13. September 13, 2011 at 4:41 am

    dont try to impress people but please them

  14. September 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Tallam Sita Ramaiah

    “Leadership is about becoming a servant of those we lead, it is about giving love to those we lead, it is all about being the best we can be—for the welfare of those we lead. Don’t try to impress, but give love.” These words of H.H Radhanath Swami Maharaj should make one humble who generally are proud of very small positions. Thank you Maharaj.

    The conversation lifted off all the remaining pressure

  15. September 14, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Every leader must read this article.
    so fortunate to hear this.
    Thank you very much for sharing.

  16. October 5, 2011 at 2:16 am
    mohit bhatt

    Don’t try to impress, but give love. the real key to become a successful leader. amazing statement

  17. October 5, 2011 at 5:36 am
    Vinay K

    I liked the sentence ” Leadership is all about giving the love to one we lead “.
    Thank You for posting this article..

  18. October 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm
    sundar ananda das

    Don’t try to impress, but give love

  19. October 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm
    Pranjal Dixit

    Thanks for sharing such nice pastime .

  20. October 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

    wonderful leadership principle

  21. October 9, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Radhanath Maharaj is the True leader leading our lives towards the eternal realm, which is the real goal of life.

  22. October 11, 2011 at 3:38 am
    deepak bagla

    amazing article

  23. November 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    A million thanks for sharing this wonderful incident of Swami Radhanath

  24. December 6, 2011 at 6:52 am

    All Glories To H,H Radhanath Swami Maharaj

    How exemplary is this lesson of leadership. Only a spiritual leader can give this lesson of loving the people and being their servant.

    Hare Krishna.

  25. December 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Principle of Leadership!!

  26. December 8, 2011 at 6:35 am

    Amazing lessons to apply. Thank you very much

  27. December 9, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Maharaj really means what He says and applies everything ! Fantastic answer

  28. December 9, 2011 at 10:09 pm
    Jagannath Dham Das

    Wow ! What an incredible lesson on Leadership by Srila Radhanath Swami ! “Don’t try to impress, but give love !”
    Hare Krishna !

  29. December 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

    very wonderful

  30. December 20, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!!

  31. March 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Very nice instruction by Radhanath swami about being a true leader.

  32. April 9, 2012 at 11:50 am
    Smriti Gupta

    Very amazing pastime of Maharaj.

  33. May 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you Radhanath swami for giving a wonderful meaning to the leadership that it is being a humble servant.

  34. June 17, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Powerful meaning of Leadership, thank you very much for sharing.

  35. June 20, 2012 at 10:29 am
    Vidya Patham

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful lesson in the form of this pastime.

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