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. July 8, 2011 at 2:31 am
    naresh Jethwa

    “Don’t try to impress, but give love.” Amazing statement. thank you very much

  2. July 8, 2011 at 5:42 am
    mangesh kende

    very inspiring article and wonderful statement “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” thanks for sharing and thanks to Radhanath Swami

  3. July 8, 2011 at 7:30 am

    very inspiring article.

  4. July 8, 2011 at 2:59 pm
    Siddhesvari Priya

    very nice article.Thanks for sharing.

  5. July 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm
    Advaita & Kalasudha

    Very inspiring article…thank you for sharing

  6. July 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Really inspiring!

  7. July 9, 2011 at 11:54 am
    Shraddha Jain

    Radhanath Swami never tried to impress others but always very very loving has captivated everyone’s heart whoever has come in touch with him.

  8. July 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Very touching thought by Radhanath swam..to be a leader means give love and serve as simple….

  9. July 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    Sundar Ananda das

    v. inspiring- we need such incidents to motivate us!

  10. July 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm
    dr yuvaraj

    Radhanath swami is a true leader

  11. July 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm
    Shoba Fernandes

    Only an exemplary leader could define leadership in this way.

  12. July 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    Just be yourself. Don’t try to impress but give love – very instructive and inspiring

  13. July 11, 2011 at 2:48 am

    Thank you so much for these wonderful instructions.

  14. July 11, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Very nice incident !

    Thank you so much mataji for sharing us.

  15. July 11, 2011 at 10:48 am
    Balaram Prasad

    Thanks for sharing this great experience.

  16. July 12, 2011 at 5:08 am

    Very nice realizations – Thank you so much for sharing

  17. July 12, 2011 at 9:42 am

    every word spoken by Radhanath Swami Maharaj as a message, we have just to follow it to perfect our lives

  18. July 13, 2011 at 2:54 am
    usha gaonkar

    “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” I wish more leaders would adopt this approach.

  19. July 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    very nicely explained about leadership.

  20. July 14, 2011 at 8:33 am

    What a deep lesson…this kind of leadership will last and transform lives!

  21. July 14, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    Swapnil Gaonkar

    Thank you for sharing your experience with Radhanath swami

  22. July 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I am sure everyone would love to be under such leaders who follow Radhanath Swami’s teachings.

  23. July 16, 2011 at 1:59 am
    Abhijit Toley

    Great lesson in a great setting! Radhanath Swami is the most magical personality I know 🙂

  24. July 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm
    Braja Kumar Das

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  25. July 18, 2011 at 2:08 am
    priya aiyar

    One should learn from Maharaj what it is to be a true leader. Very nice article. Thanks for sharing.

  26. July 18, 2011 at 3:05 am
    Prashant Rathi

    Radhanath Swami’s way of explaining anything, from a petty easiest thing to the most complicated ones is so unique that it is just perfect.

  27. July 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Radhanath Swamiji has a unique way of explaining how to serve and love in the mood of a servant.Thank you for sharing.

  28. July 19, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Kajal Pabari


  29. July 19, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Kajal Pabari


  30. July 19, 2011 at 12:55 am
    Kajal Pabari


  31. July 19, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Radhanath Swami Maharaj ki jai!

  32. July 21, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Thank you. I will try to imbibe this in my life. Jai !!

  33. July 21, 2011 at 9:40 am

    Wonderful experience !

    Thank you os much mataji for sharing the same.

  34. July 22, 2011 at 2:59 am
    Premanand Ramesh

    maharaj’s words are just a reflection of the glorious life he has led.

  35. July 22, 2011 at 3:58 am

    nice incident

  36. July 23, 2011 at 3:43 am

    everyone is in a leading role in some or the other front in life…’not try to impress but give love for the welfare of others’,this is such an important principle to remember

  37. July 28, 2011 at 2:42 am
    usha gaonkar

    Thank you Radhanath Swami.

  38. July 28, 2011 at 6:22 am

    nice article and wonderful lesson derived from it

  39. July 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing the words of Radhanath Swami “Don’t try to impress, but give love”

  40. August 1, 2011 at 7:43 am
    Vidya Patham

    Amazing advice from an amazingly unassuming person. Radhanath Swami ki Jai!

  41. August 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    This is all together a new dimension meaning to leadership I am reading here. Becoming a servant of those we lead. I am going to meditate on this forever 🙂

  42. August 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

    very inspiring

  43. August 3, 2011 at 8:23 am
    Ashutosh Mishra

    I love the Body Rocking Laughter of HH Radhanath Swami.. Its soooo beautiful when he laughs!!! Nice Incident by the way… very inspiring indeed!

  44. August 10, 2011 at 1:47 am

    so inspiring..

  45. August 10, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    “Don’t try to impress, but give love” — very instructive

  46. August 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Many thanks for sharing this beautiful exchange with Radhanath swami

  47. August 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    thank you for sharing such a nice article.

  48. August 14, 2011 at 11:36 am

    very nice & inspiring!

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