31 October, 2020

Gandhi@150: Why Mahatma Gandhi Is A Role Model For Leaders Who Can't Handle Dissent

Mahatma Gandhi's methodology of handling rebellion is something that all modern day managers and leaders must learn, writes Outlook's Editor-in-Chief, Ruben Banerjee

Gandhi@150: Why Mahatma Gandhi Is A Role Model For Leaders Who Can't Handle Dissent

This October 2 has special significance. It is Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th anniversary and there expectedly will be a rightful rush to pay tribute to the greatest Indian to have ever walked upon this Earth. There will be no dearth of events to mark the occasion. Documentaries by the dozens will be aired and emotional speeches made in a show of remembrance that run the risk of being turned into a spectacle by manic media coverage. Not entirely insular to the prevalent mood, Outlook joins in the commemoration with this special issue on this very extraordinary man..

But any true tribute to the Mahatma, best known for his courage of conviction packed in his otherwise light frame, would be incomplete without drawing lessons from his life—the principles he lived and died for. We already know a lot about Gandhi’s greatness and what went into the making of the Mahatma. But perhaps sidelined and not spoken about adequately in the current public discourse is one defining quality that separated Gandhi from the rest—his ability to deal with...



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