Mahatma Gandhi, an Exemplary Leader

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Mahatma Gandhi, An Exemplary Leader
Wilmington University, Delaware
Class MGT-6503 Leadership Development and Change Management
Professor – Sherry L. Read

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B.P, Department of Business Management, Wilmington University, Delaware
Keywords: leadership, traits of leadership, emergent leader, credibility, honesty, integrity, visionary, follower-centric, transformational and charismatic, quality

Profile Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, (born on October 2nd 1869 in Porbandar, India – died January 30th 1948 in New Delhi, India) was a leader of Indian Nationalist Movement opposing British rule, considered to be ‘Father of the Nation’. His father Karamchand Gandhi served as a high official to the ruler of Porbandar State (Rajkot).
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Gandhi said: “The history of the world is full of men who rose to leadership, by sheer force of self-confidence, bravery and tenacity”. Gandhi had many positive leadership qualities which led him to be the Father of the Nation. Few of which are described below: Honesty and Integrity Integrity is consistency between words and deeds. (5) Kouzes and Posner conclude: Honesty is absolutely essential to leadership. After all, if we are willing to follow someone, whether it be into battle or into the boardroom, we first want to assure ourselves that the person is worthy of our trust. We want to know that he or she is being truthful, ethical and principled. We want to be fully confident in the integrity of our leaders (Kouzes and Posner).(2) A high degree of self-efficacy and integrity, which Gandhi possessed as a boy, stayed with him throughout his adult years.(4) He said that he never resorted to untruth in his profession, and that a large part of his legal practice was in the interest of public. He preached forgiveness, and there was consistency between his words and action. “Nonviolence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another… There is no god higher than truth” (Mahatma Gandhi). Forward Looking or Visionary Gandhi’s vision was to see India independent, and after independence and partition, his vision was to see that all the communities live in unity without looking for
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