The Leaders Magazine October 2012

International Leadership

International LeadershipQ: How do you define leadership?

A: Leadership is the ability to lead from the front by setting an example. It is the process of setting vision, building teams, making decisions, motivating people and aligning their energies and efforts to accomplish organizational goals and objectives.

 

Q: What is the difference between managers and leaders?

A: Managers are missionaries while leaders are visionaries. Managers think within the box while leaders think outside the box. Managers know how to climb the ladder while the leaders know how to place the ladder on the right side of the wall. Managers are efficient while leaders are effective.

Q: To what extent are leaders born or made?

A: It is a debatable issue globally. Most of the leaders are made rather than born because leadership is a skill that can be honed through acquisition of emotional intelligence quotient.

 

Q: How do the leaders make decisions – by head, heart or gut?

A: When you have full information, you can go by your head. When you have partial information, you can go by your head and heart. When you don’t have any information you can go by your gut and intuition. Above all, decision-making is situational, and it depends on the people you lead, the information you have, and the prevailing environment.

 

Q: Are companies really interested in developing leaders?

A: Some companies are interested while some companies are not interested. Most of the companies focus on performance not on providing training programs to their employees. It is a retrograde step. In addition, recession has become an excuse for them. The leaders at the top level must take initiative to train employees regularly to improve bottom lines and groom them as leaders. It helps retain the talent and keep cream ready in the leadership pipeline to ensure organizational excellence and effectiveness.

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Q: What leadership attributes are required in this globalized world?

A: Technology has made the world into a small village. It brought comforts as well as confusion. Hence, leaders must adopt flexibility and adaptability to manage complexity and uncertainty. They must respect all cultures and communities and catch up with the latest technology. Above all, they have to unlearn, learn and relearn to stand out.

 

Q: How do we develop the next generation of leaders?

A: You cannot become a crack-shot unless you lose some ammunition. Empower your employees. Encourage them to take risk and explore. Do your duty and don’t expect rewards. Believe in contribution, not in accumulation. Cultivate the attitude of gratitude.

 

Q: What is emerging as the key leadership model for the next decade?

A: I have coined soft leadership which is drawing attention internationally. It is going to prevail in future. This concept believes in partnership rather than followership. It believes in soft touch; adopts soft tactic; and practices soft skills to lead from the front to execute tasks successfully.

 

Q: What is your role as a leadership guru?

A: I am passionate about leadership. I do research round the clock to find out new leadership perspectives that are beneficial to leaders to make this world a better place to live. I author books and share my knowledge through workshops, seminars and training programs. My aim is to apply my leadership knowledge to ensure global stability, peace and prosperity.

 

Q: What is your vision?

A: I want to share my knowledge with the world. Hence, I created blogs to share my knowledge online and through teaching and training programs. My long term vision is to train 1,000,000 people and develop them as leaders. I want to make a difference in the lives of others and to the society as a whole. I want to promote global peace for its prosperity. I coined soft leadership and I want to apply this leadership style in all areas to make people important and special so that they can wholeheartedly contribute for the benefit of mankind.

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Q: What is your message to the world?

A: Love your mother, but don’t hate another person’s mother. Love your community but don’t hate another person’s community. Look at similarities, not differences. Above all, make a difference in the lives of others.

 

Prof. M.S. Rao
International Leadership Guru

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87 thoughts on “International Leadership”

  1. Excellent interview!

    “Prof. M.S.Rao trains from the bottom of his heart. He is highly passionate about students and wants them to dream and achieve big. He wants them to be great citizens. His sessions have a huge impact on the audience as he walks to his talk. He uses humor aptly to draw the attention of the audience during his leadership training programs. He knows how to grab the attention of all students and sustains the momentum until the end of the session. He has spontaneity and speaks as per the situation and as per the maturity level of audiences. He has total clarity in his vision and mission. He implores us to be incurable optimists. I am his die-hard follower.”

  2. It is a great article!

    His training sessions help audiences forever. His sessions are highly inspiring. He makes audiences think and helps people change their mindset.

  3. There are  a number of definitions on leadership. Your definition of leadership is very simple and straight.

    I liked your heart to love all communities in the world apart from your vision to build one million people as global leaders. People like you must occupy highest office of India – President of India to tranform society and India as a whole. I am proud of being your follower. .

  4. Sir,

     

    I appreciate your great heart to groom one million people as global leaders. I declare proudly that I am one of those leaders growing under your passionate leadership. I am your die-hard follower.

  5. Excellent interview by international leadership guru – Prof. M.S.Rao

    He is going to occupy India’s highest office of Presidency by 2030. He is going to make a great difference not only to India but also to the entire world by showing that a person of humble origins can become President of a great and role model to the world. 

     

    I am his die-hard follower. 

  6. I appreciate the vision and mission of Prof. M.S.Rao to build one million people as global leaders. Here is my endorsement about this international leadership legend:

    Prof. M.S.Rao inspires us how to be successful in life. His leadership training programs are highly interactive and inspiring.  I am his follower.

  7. Sir,

    I have been inspired by your leadership style and the vision to build one million people as leaders. I am proud to say that I am one among them. I am your true follower and I am willing to build more leaders as I grow in my life. The entire credit goes to you as you groomed me as a leader and inspired me to dream big in my life.

     

    Your vision is to build one million people as leaders and my vision is to see you as the President of India one day.

    Good luck Sir!

  8. Inspiring interview! Here is the endorsement about this international leadership legend:

    “Prof. M.S.Rao is passionate about Indian students. He transforms students and makes them highly successful. Even if we have bad attitude he would change our behavior for better. His selection of topics is highly unique and he adopts unconventional method of training. His leadership training programs are far better than others. I can proudly say that Prof. Rao is the first Prof. who influenced me in my life. With his inspiring message we Indian youth can lead India with more confidence and optimism. I have been inspired by this leadership legend. I am his follower.” N. Madhusudan

  9. Congratulations for contributing such an inspiring article. You have a heart to make a difference in the lives of others. Looking forward to more such articles.

  10. I appreciate your vision to build one million people as leaders. I enjoyed attending your leadership training program. Pasted below is the experience and endorsement about your program:

     

    “Prof. M.S.Rao’s training sessions are totally different from other trainers. His sessions are highly structured but in an innovative manner. He knows how to grab the attention of the participants. Participants take lots of interest in his sessions. He knows the art of asking questions to the participants and gets the best out of them. Participants are highly satisfied with his leadership training program. I have been inspired by this legend.” – Amadaboina Vinitha

    I am your follower.

  11. Congrats Sir, Excellent manuscript. I am sure you will touch the heights of succes. I want intellectuals like you to be the President of India.

    I am sure you will accomplish my wish.

     

     

  12. I appreciate his passion and vision. Here is the endosement about this international peace ambassador: 

    “Prof. M.S.Rao delivers leadership training programs from the core of his heart. He takes feedback from students while delivering sessions. He ensures that audiences understand the essence very well. He is very friendly with students. His leadership training programs are highly inspiring.” – G Veena

  13. Sir,

    I have been inspired by the message of Prof. M.S.Rao. It is intesting to know the difference between the managers and leaders.

    I wish him good luck to build one million students as global leaders.

  14. The interview covers very well about Prof. M.S.Rao’s passion and vision. He aptly differentiated between leaders and managers. I love his message to love all people in the world. He is pioneer for international peace and prosperity. I want him to contribute more articles on global peace to help the mankind to achieve global stability and security. Here is the endorsement about this international leadership legend:

    “I am excited to attend Prof. M.S.Rao’s leadership training program. I appreciate his passion to build students as leaders. He helps so many students. He comes close to students and interacts with them. He knows how to connect with students. He is very simple and humble at core. He takes feedback from students to improve himself which is a rare quality I have seen among Prof.s. He trains students with great passion with a great heart to shape them as great citizens. I have seen many leadership trainers who come casually to the classroom and deliver sessions go away from classroom without any professionalism. But Prof. M.S.Rao is highly professional and is down-to-earth in his approach. I have been inspired by his charisma and leadership. And I am his die-hard follower.” – Ch. Sravani

  15. The interview of International Leadership Guru is highly inspiring. We want more such interviews from him in your prestigious online journal. Pasted below is the endorsement about this living leadership legend:

    “I am very fortunate to meet Prof. M.S.Rao who is passionate to shape students as global leaders. I was concerned about my career as there is no one to address them effectively.  He invited me, put me at ease and clarified my concerns through inspiring conversations. It is indeed a memorable day in my life. I am follower of Prof. M.S.Rao.” – L Shirisha Reddy

    I will support your passion and vision to build one million people as global leaders.

  16. You are not only an international leadership guru but also an international peace ambassador. I admire your passion to build one million people as global leaders. 

     

    I am your die-hard follower. I support your vision and passion to build leaders. 

  17. Fabulous message with a perfect blend of leadership and fraternity..very inspiring n i feel very fortunate to be a part of your vision sir. Your vision of training one million students as leaders is really fantastic…..May your dream come true soon……all the best…..

  18. You are an inspiring international leadership guru to be emulated by other citizens as your passion and vision is amazing to build one million people as global leaders.

     

    I am part of your vision. I am your die-hard fan. Looking forward to more such articles.

  19. Dear Sir,

     

    Congratulations for this great global achievement. I like your enegy and enthusiasm in shaping people as global leaders. I am your die-hard fan. I support your passion and vision. I am confident that you will make India proud globally by leaving a mark behind for others to follow you.

  20. You have rightly defined the leadership. In fact, when you search in google, you will find many definitions on leadership. But your way of defining is a blend of all activities of leadership.

    Additionally, I am inspired by your vision to build one million students as global leaders. It is a difficult task indeed! I am sure you will definitely cross the target of one million with your passion.

  21. Congrats Sir,

     

    You have made India proud by sending a strong message – ‘Love Your Mother. Don’t Hate Another Person’s Mother’. You have conveyed the way Swami Vivekananda conveyed India’s relgious toleration and brotherhood in the Chicago Conference.

  22. Congratulations Sir,

     

    Featuring in UN Post is another feather in your cap.  Previosly your vision to build one million people as leaders was confined to India only. Now your vision has reached to many people in the world.

    I am your proud follower. I will contribute my best to make your vision a reality.

  23. dear sir;

          i am very proud to be your student sir 

    mainly i lover your vision that you would like to spread your KNOWLEDGE all around the world… and no one in these days have such type of great vision that to train 1000,000 persons and develop them as LEADERS…

    you are really apt for international leadership guru sir.. and you are even my guru. :D

  24. The interview is very inspring.

    I have attended Prof. M.S.Rao’s inspiring leadership training program.  I like his passion to build one million students as global leaders. He emphasizes more on attitude building. During the course of training I came to know my strengths and weaknesses that enable me to become a better leader. –  Chindanur Balaji  

  25. “Prof. M. S. Rao’s leadership training programs are highly interactive. He analyses the audiences very well.  He encourages everyone to participate and learn in his training programs. His questions were innovative and thought provoking. He encourages participants to think through to come out with answers. I enjoyed his inspiring training program.” – Apurva   

  26. I appreciate Prof. M.S.Rao’s passion and vision to build one million people as global leaders. I am follower of Prof. M.S.Rao. I follow his ideals and ideas. He resolves various career and psychological problems students face in their lives. He is a great psychologist. He knows the pulse of the students better than any other Prof.. He is passionate about students. His books are highly inspiring. I read his book ‘Student Leaders: Growing From Students To Leaders. He has all qualities to become the President of India. I want such a great Prof. to become President of India.

  27. “International Leadership Guru, Prof. M.S.Rao has rich experience of 32 years in diversified sectors including industry, teaching, training, research and consultancy and that adds value to us. His communication is very clear, simple and straight. He checks whether audiences understood his sessions in the middle of his leadership training programs which is the hallmark of his training sessions.  He has a great attitude to help and shape students as leaders. I appreciate his vision to build one million students as global leaders. I want such passionate Prof. to become President of India” – Naren Kumar

  28. Dear Sir,

    I regularly read your articles on leadership online. I am fortunate to across across this article when I did Google search on your name. There are a few noble people in this world who think of building leaders on charity basis. I appreciate your kind heart to build global leaders. I declare openly that I am your ardent follower. I request you to contribute more such articles. I will share the links to my known global connections.

    Keep sharing wonderful messages.

  29. “International Leadership Guru, Prof. M.S.Rao’s training sessions are highly interactive. Participants are comfortable to clarify their concerns as he puts them at ease. Even non-interested participants get inspired with his leadership training sessions. I learnt lot of things and got inspired by his training programs. I admire his passion to build students as great leaders.” Reu
     

  30. Sir, I was awestruck with your career guidance and counselling. I enjoyed reading your article with a message to the world to love all people. I also appreicate your vision to build one million students as leaders.  I am your follower

  31. Prof. M.S.Rao is a gem. He is the proud son of India with universal brotherhood and tolernace. I am proud to associate with him. He is going to leave a mark behind for others to follow during his lifetime. He manages his time well and leads from the front with strong character, commitment and convictions. I want him to become the President of India one day. 

  32. You are an outstanding scholar with a broad vision. You are a visionary leader who can make a huge difference in the lives of others. I am proud to be part of your vision. I am your follower.

  33. Good one sir, u r doing good job,  leadership skills are important in today’s world.. i read your book i.e. soft skills for mangers & i am impressed.. by your vision & action

  34. Nice one sir, You are doing good job, leadership is an essentail skills to survive in the world. You are enlighting others, it a biggest contribution to the world. keep it up sir…

  35. sir this is fabulous and u make all of us proud i have been keenly following all your posts and found all of them very important specially for aspiring and dynamic young students regards mukesh yadav 

  36. Congratulations Sir. I am your follower. I appreciate your vision and passion. Keep going ahead to build one million people as global leaders. 

  37. Prof. M.S. Rao is an international leadership guru with a vision to build one million students as leaders. I attended his inspiring leadership training program.  I enjoy listening to his seminars and speeches. India needs such role models to lead from the front to provide right direction to students.  He is India’s future.  I want him to become President of India one day. Good luck sir! Keep going ahead with your mission. I am your follower and I will support you to accomplish your vision. – Areef

  38. I am follower of Prof. M.S.Rao. I like his ideals and ideas. He is an international leadership guru and India’s proud. I want him to become the President of India one day so that he can provide right direction through his intellectual and scholarly approach. India needs this kind of leaders with rich experience.

     

  39. International Leadership Guru, Prof. M.S.Rao

    Congratulations Sir you have and will continue to be a great influence on us.  Thank you for the great work you do and the huge impact you make in young people’s lives as a leaders, managers. You are not only my teacher; you are my mentor and guide, all rolled into one person.that is you sir. I will always be grateful to you for your support and kindness. Thanks you!

  40. International Leadership Guru, Prof. M.S.Rao’s leadership training programs are awesome. Students come out of their apprehensions and build confidence in his training programs. He encourages students to explore their ideas. He builds great leaders.  He has a great vision to serve the global society. I am proud to be his follower.

  41. You inspire all students to become great leaders. This is your greatness! Your passion is amazing. You have inspired me to become a leader. I am your follower. I appreciate your intention to provide free training programs to meritorious students who are poor from rural areas. I am your die-hard follower. I am proud to be part of your vision and mission.

  42. Mr Rao,

           “This interview of your’s is really going to beneficial to Leaders of Today and Tommorrow. You have coined down not only a proper defination of Leadership but also differentiated between Leaders and Managers in an excellent way”.

    Regards

    Chandresh Jain

    Director-Technolgy

    Ontonix 

  43. Sir congratulations on this international achievement. You have put India on the global map with your vision and passion to build one million students as global leaders. I enjoyed listening to your inspiring messages during leadership training program. You have passion to share your knowledge with others. You changed my mindset to dream big and achieve big in my life. I am thankful to you forever.

  44. congrats sir, am very happy to see u in that great position, congratulations on ur success, and i m very proud to be ur student sir. sravani 

    1. Dear Sravani,

       

      I appreciate your great attitude and humility. I am sure you will leave a mark behind for others to follow by becoming a great leader.

  45. congratulations sir, previously I was not intrested in lectures but after listening Ur lecture there is a drastic change in my attitude, hoping ur lectures reach all sections of society

  46. Prof M S Rao is a renowned leadership guru in the world. A role model to the students, teachers, Prof.s, engineers, doctors, scientists, industrialists, bussinessmen, leaders, corporators and a common man. He coined several new techniques in leadership. He is a man of vision and mission for the welfare of the society.

  47. Pidaparty P S Hariprasad

    To Q.1: Excellent definition.   “ability to see beyond what is visible and ability to listen beyond what is spoken” if included before setting vision may sound better.  i.e. invisible, intangible and unquantifiable risks and opportunities

    to Q.3 To be able to accomplish organization goal/objective, you need both leaders and managers.  Out of every ten, one or two must be leaders.  In a large set up, there is room many leaders.  A good leader assumes dual roles – leader and manager.  Every one cannot be a leader.  Some are natural leaders.  A few can be trained and developed.  Many do not lend themselves for development, although they may want to be. This is a ground reality.

    Q.4Information is never “full”.  In many situations, you cannot afford to wait for data to be converted into actionable information.  Data can never be “full” and/or accurate.  Leadership in chaos and or crisis often brings out hitherto unknown and born leaders to the front row and gives them opportunities to demonstrate their skills.

    Q.5 It is essential to re-visit definitions of “Performance” and “Talent”.  Many claim specialized skills in “Talent Acquisition”.  I have seen very few claiming specialized skills in “identifying talent”.  As long as we believe in management by precedent, we continue to miss “potential”.  As long as we insist on No. of years experience, weight, height, race, religion, caste, sex and age for leaders and managers, we accept our inability to identify potential performers.  Every extra specification narrows down the choice.

    Q.6 I would re-word the last sentence:  Above all, they have to unlearn and learn to use God given common sense FIRST and then only use technology and text book knowledge.  We tend to forget the role of ‘common sense’.

    Q.7 Excellent.

    Q.10 Also we should be prepared and willing to learn from others.  There is no one who knows it all.  Learning never stops.

  48. Hi Sir, Congratulations Prof. M.S.Rao for your impressive and international message to the world to love all people. It shows your global mindset to accommodate all global citizines in your fold.  i hope you will acive your goal. ALL THE BEST.

  49. Hello sir,my hearty congratulations to you…..i adore your passion towards moulding young minds with your books,sessions, and workshops…turning them into leaders and achievers. 

    keep going with this amazing zeal sir !! :)

    1. Hi Dharani,

       

      Thanks for your kind heart and wishes. My hearty wishes are always with you. You will be a highly successful woman in the world one day.

  50. Congratulations on this global achievement! I want you to lead from the front to groom leaders globally.  I support your initiative and am proud of your team to assist your passion and vision to groom leaders.

  51. This is an inspirng article to groom global leaders. I appreciate the vision of Prof. M.S.Rao, International Leadership Guru. I am his die-hard follower. I am proud to be part of his vision to build global leaders. 

    1. Dear Rajitha,

       

      Thanks for your kind words. My wishes are always with you. I am sure you will reach your tipping point soon.

  52. Congratulations Prof M.S.Rao sir… i wish you to reach your long term goal soon.. Iam so lucky to  meet the international leadership guru.. ..Your are the one who makes our indians as the leaders.. 

    1. Dear Mutyavali,

       

      Thanks for your kind words. I appreciate your attitude and commiment to my cause to build leaders globally.

  53. Great global initiative to build leaders globally. I appreciate his mindset, toolset and skill set. Above all, I appreciate Prof. M.S.Rao’s great heart to create ignited global minds. I am his follower. Let us all crete a mass movement globally and support his passion and vision.

  54. Prof. M.S.Rao’s international intiative to build one million people as leaders is highly inspiring. We must support his initiative to build leaders to make a difference to global society. I am proud to associate with his vision. Let us wholeheartedly support for his great global initiative.

  55. Congratulations Prof. M.S.Rao for your impressive and international message to the world to love all people. It shows your global mindset to accommodate all global citizines in your fold.

    I applaud your global initiative to build one million people as global leaders. I would like to be part of your passion and vision.

  56. I appreciate Prof. M.S.Rao’s passion and vision to build one million people as global leaders. He is highly committed toward his cause. I am sure Prof. Rao will make a difference to the world by building global leaders. I wish him all the best

  57. International Leadership Guru rightly defined leadership, and differentiated between leaders and managers. I am his die-hard follower. I appreciate his great heart to accommodate entire mankind. His approach towards global peace and prosperity is worth to be emulated by everyone in the world.  I wish him good luck

  58. THESE TOPICS ARE VERY USEFUL FOR STUDENTS  FOR  INTERVIEWS AND DEBATES AND MAINLY FOR MBA’S FOR GOBALLY .THIS IS A ADVISABLE ARTICLE …..

  59. I congratulate Prof. M.S.Rao, International Leadership Guru for his outstanding international achievements and contribution to make this world a secure, stable and peaceful one.

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