Dr K K Aggarwal
Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
President, Heart Care Foundation of India
There are only two types of people in the community: leaders or followers. Most of us are followers with only a few amongst us with leadership qualities. A leader is the symbolic soul of a group who acts as a catalyst for change and transformation. The group may be a family, business, political party, community, nation, civilization or any other organization. The actions of the leaders are shaped by the memory and experience, propelled by desires.
2. The next type of response is “reactive, impulsive or egoistic response” and leaders with this response are egoistic, find fault in every failure and do not want to accept failure in life.
3. The next response is a response of “inner protection or restful alertness.” Leaders with this behavioral response are balanced, believe in meditation and do not react in gains or losses.
4. The fourth response is the response of “intuition or knowingness”. Leaders with a predominant intuitive response are not only relaxed and balanced but also take every adversity as an opportunity. They accept situations and persons as they are.
5. The fifth response is “creative response” and the leaders with this response exhibit creative behaviour. They create something new out of every adversity.
6. The last two responses are “response of visionary or higher guidance” and response of unity or sacred response. Most leaders with any of these responses have behaviour suggestive of sainthood. There are very few people today with these types of leadership qualities.
Only those leaders who understand the hierarchy of needs and response succeed in life and those leaders who aim only for external goals such as money, victory and power falter when it counts the most.
Depending upon the response, the leaders therefore, are classified as protector, entrepreneur or politician, team builder, nurturer, innovator, visionary and saint.
Leaders whose needs and responses are based on achievement and ego, the failure will make them victims of empty fame and burnt out celebrities. They will also end up as corrupt politicians.
Finally when leaders with visionary and sacred needs and responses fail, they end up with religious fundamentalism, communalism, idealism and unionalism.