Monday, 18 May 2015

““To Serve Is To Live” ―Frances Hesselbein, Marshall Goldsmith and Alan Mulally” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ―Mahatma Gandhi

I have cross many leaders who are passionate about serving others. I read James Strock’s award-winning book Serve to Lead: Your Transformational 21st Century Leadership System URL I wrote articles on Robert Greenleaf’s servant leadership and on servanthood.  Right from my childhood, I am fascinated by words ‘servant, servanthood, and making a difference in the lives of people’. I served in Indian Air Force for a few years as I had love for uniform and was passionate about serving my nation.  I entered into teaching profession because of my passion to serve students, and to make a difference in their lives. I created Vision 2030 to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL:    I read lots of books on leaders who have a heart to serve others including Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, and Nelson Mandela to name a few.

I came across Frances Hesselbein who dedicated her life to serve people. She rose from volunteer troop leader to CEO and held the position of CEO for 13 years. She says, “Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do it.” She believes that leadership is about giving back.  She received Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton in 1998 for her work with the Girl Scouts of the USA. She has a special affinity for the U.S. Army’s leadership slogan “Be, Know, and Do.”  Abraham Lincoln is her inspiration.

I am fascinated by Marshall Goldsmith who has a kind heart to serve society and he shares his knowledge with the world free of charge on his library. He is very simple and humble person who provides endorsements graciously for international authors including me.  He is the father of Executive Coaching.

I am fascinated by Alan Mulally who led two American iconic brands – Boeing and Ford Motor Company successfully. He turned around Ford when it was on the brink of disaster and became a turnaround hero.  When Alan retired from Ford in 2014, Fortune magazine ranked him as the third-greatest leader in the world, behind Pope Francis and Angela Merkel. The message from all these three leaders is – to serve is to live.

The leaders who keep people before profit made them as great leaders globally.  Hence, we must learn lessons from great leaders, and have a heart to serve others without expecting anything in return. It gives us great satisfaction when people grow because of our contribution. Whether we are recognized by them or not is immaterial. We must leave our leadership legacy. To conclude, we must contribute our best to the world without expecting anything in return. Because to serve is to live!

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ― Winston Churchill

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
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