Leading by example

(By Ankita Misra)



I am no admirer of any political party in India.  However, Arvind Kejriwal, the national convenor of the Aam Aadmi Party has really captured my imagination like no other leader.  He is someone who took on the task of defeating an age old government.  His campaign to have the Central RTI Act passed, which incidentally fetched him the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Emergent leadership in 2006, highlighted his urge to do something for increasing the accountability of our public servants.  This common man shot to fame with his anti-corruption movement led by the veteran Anna Hazare.
There is a particular streak of common sense that he has shown in his leadership style which is extremely rare.  Corruption is probably India’s biggest menace – he has rightly identified that and in turn he is identified by that all across India. His quest on defeating corruption in India which stands in the way of progress and economic development speaks highly of his leadership skills.

Well lastly I have no hesitation in saying that Arvind Kejriwal has what it takes, the good morals and skills of exceptional leadership like Gandhi and Lincoln of convincing the people to do the right thing.  This is in contrast to the poor leadership qualities and greed of achieving personal selfish goals exhibited by most politicians.  In my opinion, the most appropriate quote that fits this discussion is the one by Albert Schweitzer, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing”.