The leader, the Chief Executive or the Chairman of a company, has the most important role to play in taking the organisation ahead. Being at the helm he has to guide the organisation to achieve higher goals and set new trends.
He has to ensure that the organisation is growing stronger not only financially but in the process the foundations and the value systems of its founders and visionaries are not lost. The organisation has to grow from just a profit-making machine to contributor to the society, an enterprise for the well being of one and all. To achieve this, the leader has to lead by example.
How does Kautilya define an ideal leader?
“If the king is energetic, his subjects will be equally energetic. If he is slack (and lazy in performing his duties) the subjects will also be lazy, thereby, eat into his wealth. Besides, a lazy king will easily fall into the hands of the enemies. Hence the king should himself always be energetic” (1.19.1-5)
Being energetic is the highest quality required by a leader. A self-motivated person, he has to raise the enthusiasm of his team members too. Only if he is energetic will his employees also be energetic. If he shows laziness the employees will also lose interest in their work and very soon, a sense of complacency will run through the whole organisation.
JRD was the first Indian to get a pilot license in his early twenties. He was always a leader who led from the front.