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Enthusiasm and Leadership

It was my first five minutes of my first day of graduation studies at the Indian Institute of Technology. As the professor entered, all the students stood up out of respect, following the social etiquette we had grown up with.  “Sit down please. Not IIT style,” quipped the professor. We sat—never to stand again to greet another professor for the next four years. When our class entered the fifth year of University, students from other Universities joined us for their post graduation. For them our “IIT style” was outlandish. And no professor bothering to educate them in the new style, they continued to stand and greet all professors, even as we old-timers sat with no qualms.

But whenever our professor for structural engineering, Mr. Goyal walked in—even we stood with our new mates. It was not the professor but his enthusiasm that commanded our respect. Ever excited about his subject, he loved his service as a teacher. What to speak of becoming jaded, his enthusiasm rose with every successive class. He was a leader, and I learnt from him how enthusiasm for service can truly make a lot of difference to leadership. Enthusiasm, I saw, had the magnetic effect of pulling up even people ‘glued’ to their classroom seats for four long years.

A leader’s enthusiasm for service should be electrifying. Without enthusiasm there is no life, what to speak of there being a leader. If the leader isn’t excited, how could he or she stir up excitement in the rest?

Regarding enthusiasm, I was especially struck by a passage in Peter Burwash’s book The Key To Great Leadership: “It is easy to be enthusiastic when we are doing something for the first time. The real key to great leadership is to maintain that ‘first time’ enthusiasm when we are doing the same thing over and over again or when we have some trials and tribulations in our life.” This “real key” that Peter talks about remains elusive for most leaders. But leaders accomplished in spirituality are certainly exceptions.

Spirituality invigorates our enthusiasm through what I call the “lever effect.” A little physical power wisely invested at an optimal point on the lever, a simple machine, could be used to move a massive rock. As a lever amplifies physical power, spirituality amplifies our enthusiasm to serve. A little enthusiasm wisely invested in meditation every morning, in time brings forth a resurgence of unlimited and sustained enthusiasm for selfless service—a long forgotten treasure of every soul, and the long sought-after ornament of every great leader.

Spirituality is the growing trend in the business world too, as corporate leaders are turning to the lever effect offered by morning meditations. Take for example the Milken Global Conference, an annual event that attracts 3,000 leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, law, science, news media and more. These individuals represent some of the world’s top firms, organizations, universities and governments. In this year’s conference, held between the first and fourth of May, the organizers introduced a morning slot for meditation, and Radhanath Swami was invited to guide the participants. The description of this event read, “Are we realizing our full potential? Drawing on wisdom gleaned from his own transformative journey and studies with some of the world’s most insightful spiritual teachers, Radhanath Swami will guide participants through simple yet profound exercises. Start the day with a powerful and experiential reminder that a centered inner life is key to making more thoughtful, sustainable decisions—today and every day.”

Yes! It’s time to introduce the lever effect in your life for thoughtful, prudent decision-making—today and everyday.

 

 

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About the Author

About the Author:

Gopinath Chandra is a resident of Radhagopinath Ashram that’s run under the guidance of Radhanath Swami in Mumbai. For many years he has been the privileged observer of Radhanath Swami’s leadership
principles in action, be it in the sphere of ashram development, community building, social service, or environmentalism. Gopinath Chandra keen observational ability, coupled with his analytical brain groomed at
the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), allows him to be a fast learner. And on this blog he generously shares leadership lessons he has assimilated over the years.

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  1. Swapnil says:

    Enthusiasm is the key to success. I agree that enthusiasm is not just one time activity. Those who are enthusiastic throughout are successful leader. Radhnanath Swami has given best of the leaders to society by his guidance

  2. saurabh says:

    Very inspiring article, these qualities are very important in every walk of life. thank you very much Radhanath Swami

  3. subramanian ks says:

    Thank you Siddeshwar Prabhu. You shook me back to life with your enthusiastic article. The need of the hour is people with tremendous spiritual enthusiasm to save the world.

  4. Thank you so much Radhanath Swami for teaching us so much about real leadership with so much enthusiasm

  5. malathi santosh says:

    Very nice 🙂 Liked the saying 'A leader’s enthusiasm for service should be electrifying'

  6. N. Swaminathan says:

    The analogy of the lever effect is captivating and really hits the hammer on the head. A little booster dose of chanting in the morning and one is charged up for the day.

  7. Anand says:

    Its true that for being a good leader, one needs to be genuinely humble & enthusiatic. Both these qualities are by-products of a genuine spirituality. I earnestly appreciate the wonderful qualities through which Radhanath Swami continues to inspire & enthuse so many people on path of spirituality.

  8. Hrishikesh says:

    Very Nice & Inspiring Article, Anyone Who Read This Will Get Enthusiasm & Servitude For Progress On Spiritual Path Which Is Necessary To Achieve Ultimate Goal.

    Hari Bol !!

  9. Kalpana Kulkarni says:

    Very powerful statements. Yes enthusiasm is the very soul to anything we take up and specially spirituality. Thank you for the realizations.

  10. sandeep says:

    it reminds me that whatever service I do, should be done with enthusiasm. The analogy of lever effect is very appealing.

  11. Sumit Sharma says:

    We need enthusiasm in every walk of our life.

  12. deepak bagla says:

    After reading this, I now feel more determined to be enthusiastic in every sphere of my life

  13. Jagdish says:

    Excellent article bringing out how enthusiasm is important in leadership and how to develop the right kind of enthusiasm through practising spirituality. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  14. Sunny says:

    beautifully explained…selfless service & enthusiam for the same can be cultivated and sustained only through touch of spirituality…

  15. Vikas Shah says:

    The articulate presentation of the sum and substance of spirituality to the specific audience is outstanding.

  16. vani says:

    Enthusiasm is required to be successful in one's life & it is the foremost thing required for one's spirituaul life. Radhnath swami has demonstrated this in his journey to seek God.

  17. Ashutosh Mishra says:

    Very good medicine to keep us ticking in spirituality …

  18. Pankaj says:

    A leader’s enthusiasm for service should be electrifying!

    We can see this in practical day-to-day life of HH Radhanath Swami!

  19. Thank you so much Radhanath Swamiji. Its nice to learn this one thing "The real key to great leadership is to maintain that ‘first time’ enthusiasm when we are doing the same thing over and over again"

  20. Anita Iyer says:

    Wonderful article. The analogy of the lever effect is perfect.

  21. Arjun K Ramachandra says:

    That was a powerful lever effect! I loved the comparison of lever with our morning meditation. it is true "A little enthusiasm wisely invested in meditation every morning, in time brings forth a resurgence of unlimited and sustained enthusiasm for selfless service".

  22. Shekhar Shankar says:

    Amazing how Radhanath Swami connects all aspects of one' life to God, and His teachings.

  23. Sumit Sharma says:

    Enthusiasm is required at every walk of life and we should aspire for enthusiasm for our spiritual progress.

  24. Aishwarya says:

    Very inspiring!Especially with the analogy of the lever effect.

  25. Abhijit Toley says:

    The Lever effect is too good! What an article! Short and riveting!

  26. anjan says:

    A million thanks to reminding us this key to success in both spiritual and material lives – Enthusiasm is the key to success. Many thanks to Radhanath swami for guiding all of his students

  27. sajeev says:

    great article worth imbibing in ones life…thank you

  28. Vidya Patham says:

    It is interesting to see how spirituality and leadership are interlinked. Thank you for sharing this perspective.

  29. rishi says:

    This is very educational article regarding enthusiasm. Thank you

  30. Sumit Sharma says:

    Enthusiasm is essential in every walk of life and it is certainly required for spiritual progress.

  31. Milind M Churi says:

    Very nicely explained."As a lever amplifies physical power, spirituality amplifies our enthusiasm to serve." Highly impressive statement and rest is followed automatically.Thank you very much for sharing this article.

  32. Yogita Jagannathan says:

    Thank you for sharing such valuable lessons on leadership through your own life examples….. By following in the footsteps of enthusiastic leaders like Radhanath Swami, we too can imbibe such qualities.

  33. vraja bihari dasa says:

    thanks siddheshwar for the lever explanation. i am now more enthused to practice my spiritual disciplines

  34. Abhijit Toley says:

    Lever example is too good!

  35. Manish says:

    Thanks for explaining the right context of enthusiam and leadership based on the principles provided by Radhanath swami.

    I liked the post and specifically the line "“It is easy to be enthusiastic when we are doing something for the first time. The real key to great leadership is to maintain that ‘first time’ enthusiasm when we are doing the same thing over and over again or when we have some trials and tribulations in our life.”

    It is extremely difficult to remain enthusiatic and inspired always to do something. Please keep sharing such wornderful articles.

  36. Radha Menon says:

    Beautifully explained! Enthusiasm is what sustains one in any field he may undertake. Like Srila Prabhupada said " if you do not feel enthusiastic act so, then one will become enthusiastic". Radhanath Swami's enthusiasm when he conducts the annual yatras or organizes the various festivals and medical camps is the real success behind these events. The people associated with these get the energy from Radhanath Swami's enthusiasm.

  37. tushar says:

    Thanks for wonderful article! Srila prabhupad, one of the greatest of the propounders of the Vedic culture throughout the world said that Surrender to the Lord is shown by the enthusiasm to serve.

  38. Pandu Rangayya Shett says:

    Morning meditation is really helping many in many fields. The spirit is the power from the supreme Person, Krishna which is the cause for all the causes. Very nice article.

  39. Meghana v says:

    It is easy to be enthusiastic when we are doing something for the first time. The real key to great leadership is to maintain that ‘first time’ enthusiasm when we are doing the same thing over and over again or when we have some trials and tribulations in our life.

  40. Shoba Ramachandran says:

    The power of enthusiasm applied to meditation will work wonders! Thanks to the author for this nice article.

  41. Amey Sadanand Rane says:

    Yes,this lever is very much needed to life the rocks in our own lives. They can be of unwanted things which hinder our progress on the path to success. The rocks of bad habits , mentalities etc. Thank you very much for this article.

  42. Chandrika says:

    Thank you for this article.

  43. vsk says:

    After reading this article spiritual progress is definite and that too with all enthusiasim

  44. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Thank you for this article.

  45. Rahul Abhay Kamat says:

    wonderful article.

  46. Vinay K says:

    Thank you Siddeshwar for you much insightful article on Meditation..

    I particularly liked Peter Burwash's amazing statement…

  47. Mahendra says:

    nice one

  48. ajinkya says:

    A leader’s enthusiasm for service should be electrifying. Without enthusiasm there is no life, what to speak of there being a leader. If the leader isn’t excited, how could he or she stir up excitement in the rest?.Amazing.

  49. Sundarshan S says:

    Thank you Siddeshwar for an electrifying article reflecting radhanath swami's mood.

  50. surekha says:

    Thank you for sharing this nice article. Enthusiasm is really important in every action of our life especially in our spiritual life.

  51. Chandrika says:

    Enthusiasm coupled with leadership is far more beneficial than lethargy and leadership, which causes detrimental effects and lack of hope for the followers.

  52. Citra Gopi DD says:

    Making the necessary changes for a better Tomorrow resonates with being and living in the present – making the most of NOW. Great article!

  53. VP Singam says:

    A profound explanation of the ‘lever effect’ – very well-written for a practical application in our lives.

  54. Dinabandhu Caitanya Dasa says:

    I read this article for the 3rd time and i still like reading it again and again! It is one of the best articles i’ve read on this topic.

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