True Leaders DISCOVER

Do you remember the old advertising campaign slogan, Inquiring minds want to know? Or, the slogan, for Syms, An educated consumer is our best customer? With these in mind, shouldn’t the crux and core of effective leadership, be based on someone proceeding with an open – mind, considering options and alternatives, and attempting to constantly DISCOVER, the best way to proceed? The reality is, no one person, has all the answers, and few, even possess the willingness, and/ or desire, to learn, what might be the best way to proceed! Therefore, this article will briefly examine, using the mnemonic approach, what this concept means, as it relates to serving as the best, most effective leader.

1. Delve deeply; deliver: Begin the process, by thoroughly considering the options and alternatives, and going, well beyond the surface, and delving deeply, into the best way to proceed! However, if this is to become, more than merely a meaningless exercise, realize, you must proceed forward, and over – deliver on your promises, to do what’s best, for your organization and constituents!

2. Ideas; interest; imagination: Evaluate whether your ideas are relevant to what’s best for your group! Will you maintain your interest, in order to set the example, and keep others interested, in getting further involved, etc? Is the quality and level of your imagination, significant – enough, to make a real difference?

3. Service; sustainable system: Who will you be serving, yourself, or the best interests of those you represent? Will you focus on your commitment to meaningful service, and discover, what is best for those concerned? Are you capable of proceeding beyond, merely, putting a band – aid, on a wound, and perceive, conceive, create, develop and implement, a meaningful, relevant, sustainable system?

4. Clarity; cooperation; character: If you don’t fully explore what’s needed, and possible, how will you be able, to articulate, with clarity, your ideas and approached? Will you consistently demonstrate, the quality of your character, by focusing on others, over your self – interest? Will you emphasize cooperation, rather than using the adversarial approach?

5. Options; opportunities: Discover the options and alternatives, consider them thoroughly, and transform them, to recognizing, and utilizing the finest opportunities!

6. Vision; virtue: Meaningful leadership requires possessing the virtue, to motivate those you serve, to strive for excellence. Doing so, generally, means, it is necessary, to possess and articulate a relevant, motivating vision!

7. Empathy; excellence: You’ll never discover the best approach, until/ unless you effectively listen and learn, and proceed with true empathy! Strive for excellence, rather than accepting good – enough!

8. Relevant; reliable: Is your approach, truly relevant, as well as reliable, in the best interests of your organization, and constituents?

Great leaders possess the skills, abilities, mind – set, and positive attitude, to focus clearly, and DISCOVER the best way to proceed! Are you up to the task?

Rabindranath Tagore and Education – A Holistic Vision

Rabindranath Tagore is able-bodied accepted the apple over for his Noble Prize in Abstract for his airy anapestic renditions in the Gitanjali. He wrote admirable belief which captured the affection and body of altered characters and landscapes. Besides getting a artist and biographer of abundant eminence, he was an drillmaster par excellence. He accustomed “Shantiniketan” and Viswa Bharthi University which were testimonies to his abysmal affair and eyes about what apprenticeship should absolutely reflect.

While growing up, Rabindranath Tagore become abundantly disillusioned with the blueprint way of acquirements and teaching which he acquainted squelched his adroitness and imagination. It was his disillusionment with the then-prevailing apprenticeship arrangement which was textbook- and rote-oriented which fabricated him actualize his own another academy and university based on his alluring angle on education.

Rabindranath Tagore’s acclaimed verses which are accustomed beneath abduction his eyes of education.

“Where the apperception is after abhorrence and the arch is captivated high

Where ability is free

Where the apple has not been torn up into fragments

By attenuated calm walls

Where words appear out from the abyss of truth… ”

He envisioned apprenticeship which had a humanistic and naturalistic access and area accouchement could apprentice in the bosom of nature. He aswell emphasized the accent of the arts as a agency of self-expression of the individual. “Shantiniketan” was an apotheosis of his eyes and was a academy area accouchement apprentice beneath copse in an accessible atmosphere. Painting, abstract and balladry became an basic allotment of the acquirements imparted there. In fact, Rabindranath Tagore wrote abounding of his plays in “Shantiniketan,” and they were staged by acceptance of the school.

Rabindranath Tagore after accustomed the Visva Bharti University. Visva Bharthi agency the accord of the apple with India. He believed in accepted ethics of abandon and absoluteness of the accomplished of humanity. The university was accustomed mainly as a abode for apple advisers to accommodated and allotment altered aesthetic talents and ideas. He aswell believed that the cultural aspects of a nation had to be appreciated, and he active abounding folk dances and arts. He arrive artists, scientists, philosophers and airy thinkers to allotment their thoughts and ideas. His aim was to accessible up the minds of apple citizens to acknowledge the array of talents on affectation in the world.

Both Shantiniketan and Viswa Bharti assume like abstracted notions of apprenticeship models.

In the prevailing scenario, acquirements about and visiting such places of acquirements can affect austere educators to accomplish acquirements added humanistic, accessible and accomplish acceptance added beholden of attributes and the arts.

Mother Teresa the Educator

Mother Teresa was born in Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia on 26th August, 1910. It is said that the family is the first school where a child receives education. Mother Teresa’s family was a close-knit, loving and devout Catholic family. Most of the distinctive traits she heroically exhibited in later life can be traced back to her early years. Her parents probably led virtuous lives and encouraged their children to do the same. The atmosphere at home must have been one in which the love of God was nurtured in addition with a sincere concern for fellow human beings. Her mother, Drana, often took food, clothes and other items to distribute to the less fortunate people of her neighbourhood. Thus Agnes (Mother Teresa’s baptismal name) saw and learnt care for the poor. Her family was active in the local Church and the children were encouraged to learn about their faith and culture.

Through her childhood and teenage years, she paid keen attention to stories of missionaries. She was especially inspired by the reports of missionary work in India done by the Yugoslav Jesuits in Bengal. At the age of 18, she left home for the convent in Dublin, Ireland. Her intention was to learn English and subsequently leave for the missions. She began her religious training in Dublin and later came to India to continue her formation. After making her vows as a religious sister, she was assigned to teach at a girl’s high school in Bengal. She later went on to become the principal. She was a loved teacher and skillfully combined spiritual growth with intellectual development.

Glancing at her life one can surmise that despite being enclosed within a safe and secure academic environment in the convent-school, she was open and attentive to the happenings outside the walls. This is perhaps one of the important lessons she teaches us. Teachers and students can grow accustomed to thinking that a major part of education happens within the walls of the classroom. It is when textbooks take precedence over life that education ceases and brainwashing begins. I think it is very important for teachers and students alike to always remain open and sensitive to the happenings in reality. Education happens to a fuller extent when what is learnt in the classroom is applied to regular life. In the textbook it may be written that littering and mismanagement of waste leads to ill-health. Out on the street, the very same teacher who taught and the students who learned may continue to throw their wrappers and waste on to the street or into some open space. Such a situation clearly depicts the failure of education. An important question to ask here is ‘whether education is opening up the mind to face the challenges of reality or is it simply a collection of information that must be memorized and reproduced in order to score the highest mark?’

Mother Teresa had a profound respect for human life, even of unborn babies, and bequeathed that respect to her sisters, the Missionaries of Charity. In the 1971 war between East and West Pakistan an estimated 200,000 women were raped. Some women committed suicide. Many wanted to abort their babies. Mother Teresa begged them to have their babies and give them to her, assuring them with these words, “The Sisters will take care of you, and we will find a good home for the babies”. She is a shining example of a pro-lifer. Value for life is not expressed merely in a classroom situation; it is rather realized in a concrete circumstance. Mother Teresa could have continued to carry on her work for the destitute and sick and still expressed a pro-life opinion but no, she went a step ahead and expressed it when faced by a concrete, urgent demand. The war had laid waste to plenty of human life already and she would not have to feel responsible for the potential victims of abortion. Her respect and love for life did not permit her to turn a blind eye to the impending genocide. Too often we see educated people displaying an indifferent attitude to life. It is sad that educated people sometimes develop opinions contrary to the benefit of humanity. Respect for life is not only seen when one chooses to save another’s life. That is an extreme situation. In a regular way, one can display a pro-life attitude by for example, showing care and concern for the sick and aged.

There is plenty that remains to be said but I will conclude with a final point. Mother Teresa is a shining example of vision, persistence and commitment. Despite having her life set before her, she was willing to respond to a need that she felt was not receiving sufficient attention, even though it meant losing her security. She dared to choose what is right over what is comfortable. Once she had established herself and her followers, she pictured projects that could foster a better outreach to those in need. Things never came easy for her. She had little wealth. Doubts, opposition and depression stalked her every step of the way. Yet, she never gave up. She was convinced that God had called her to fulfill a specific mission and she trusted that if it was His desire, it would somehow be fulfilled. She worked hard to gather the funds required to start new projects and to run existing ones. Her life is characterized by this continuous struggle to take the mission forward. Discouragements, oppositions, trials and failure are part and parcel of life. There is no point brooding over them. Once a goal has been set one requires to put everything one has into achieving it. Sacrifices will have to be made but faith and vision must never be lost. Persistence and commitment are bound to bring good results provided they are backed by a positive and hopeful attitude.

Mother Teresa is a wonderful teacher as her life has a lot to offer us. Mother Teresa stands as a witness to the values that education ought to bring us. Her life is an inspiration to teachers and students alike. Mother Teresa was a Missionary of Charity and love was a vital force for her. Her actions were guided by love. Education ultimately aims at making good and honest citizens. One of the fundamental characteristics of a good and honest citizen is Love. Mother Teresa describes the vocation of a good human being, “Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.”