Friday, 1 January 2016

“Soft Leadership and Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” ―Professor M.S.Rao

"In the history of the universe, there has been nobody like you and to the infinity of time to come, there will be no one like you. You are original. You are rare. You are unique. Celebrate your Uniqueness." ― Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shanka

We celebrate New Year today. On the eve of this New Year, we must take a pledge to promote fraternity and universal brotherhood. To inculcate universal brotherhood, we must create a feeling that entire world is one family. In India, we call it Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.  Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (From "vasudhā", the earth; "ēva" = indeed is; and "kutumbakam", family;) is a Sanskrit phrase which means "the world is one family." Additionally, Indian Vedic literature believes in universal brotherhood and peace.  It supports strongly in peace and prosperity.

Growing Intolerance Globally

There are a number of reasons for the current growing intolerance and conflicts globally. Here are some of them. People are very impatient. They want immediate results. They lack patience and perseverance. They fail to empathize with others. They try to prove their point right rather than looking the points from others’ perspective. They want to resort to short cuts leading to conflicts.  They want to win their case through win-lose, not through win-win.

Need for Soft Leadership

The present global scenario calls for new leadership perspective emphasizing on respect to all regions, religions, communities, creeds and ethnicities. It calls for a new leadership perspective involving negotiation and persuasion with an emphasis on empathy. It calls for partnership, not followership.  Hence, this article emphasizes on innovative leadership “soft leadership” to resolve various conflicts globally through discussion, dialogue, persuasion and negotiation. This new leadership perspective can also be adopted to ensure fraternity and universal brotherhood.

What is Soft Leadership?

Leadership basically depends on three aspects - how you communicate with others; how you make decisions; and how you take action. When you can execute these three activities effectively you become a successful leader. However, to evolve as a soft leader, you must communicate with an emphasis on soft skills; make decisions by blending your head, heart and gut; and take action keeping the ground realities and goals in your view without compromising people-orientation. Hence, soft leadership can be defined as the process of setting goals; influencing people through persuasion; building strong teams; negotiating them with a win-win attitude; respecting their failures; handholding them; motivating them constantly; aligning their energies and efforts; recognizing and appreciating their contribution in accomplishing organizational goals and objectives with an emphasis on soft skills. It is based on the right mindset, skill set, and toolset.

Soft leadership helps unite people of all religions, races, creeds, and communities into one platform. It helps greatly to unite people globally into one platform. It helps convert the world into one family.

When we treat entire world as one family, all the conflicts in the world will be resolved amicably.  When we think that we are the brothers and sisters of the world, all problems in the world will be resolved. The differences usually arise when we don’t treat others with respect. The differences arise when we look at differences, not commonalities.


Hatred doesn’t have any place in the world. Love is the only way to connect with world. It breaks all barriers including cultural, racial, religious and community barriers.

We are all the branches of one tree. The root is one. The world is our root, branches are the nations and leaves are the people. Let us appreciate that we all have originated from one place and we all belong to one family. To summarize, the whole world is one family. We are separated by regions, nations, and boarders. People remain the same at the core level. The children are born innocent but the environment brings them up as per their faiths, regions, religions and nations. Hence, let us focus on bringing the children with a global mindset with a universal brotherhood to achieve the ultimate objective of global peace and prosperity.

God bless the world!

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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