Cultivating Leadership at All Levels

In this week's Spot, Sadhguru writes about the new Isha Leadership Academy, and its efforts to produce leaders of compassion and vision. "Because we have not produced the right kind of leaders, bullies are considered leaders. Compassionate human beings – people with a larger vision of humanity - are not considered leaders; they are considered philosophers in this world. This has to change, but it is not going to change overnight."
 
Cultivating Leadership at All Levels
 
 
 

The more powerful are always bullying the less powerful. Whether it is in the form of nations, communities or individual human beings, bullying is happening everywhere, all the time. We have structured the world in such a way that if you do not learn to bully, at least in society’s eyes, you won’t get anywhere. Bullying can either be crude, just on the strength of muscle, or it can be done in subtle ways, but it is happening all over the place. I want you to understand, the world, the international situation, is not any different from the street corner. The strong lean on the weak in so many ways. It is still a caveman’s world of ‘survival of the fittest’ conducted in a more cunning manner. It is not straightforward.

Leaders are always bullies who know how to elbow their way through everything and then fist you down in some way. We have set up a system like that in the world, where only bullies can be leaders. Because we have not produced the right kind of leaders, bullies are considered leaders. Compassionate human beings – people with a larger vision of humanity - are not considered leaders; they are considered philosophers in this world. They are dismissed as visionaries. This has to change, but it is not going to change overnight.

We are in the process of starting an ‘Isha Leadership Academy.’ Various programs that will nurture and develop leaders, and we are launching this in grand fashion at the end of the year. Right now in this country, if a good leader comes up, people will worship him. But different tiers of leadership do not exist. So, one of the important things is to produce many tiers of leaders which will support the main leadership. Leadership should not be in the Parliament or legislature alone. On the street, at home, in your office, wherever -- we need people who take charge of situations. We want to offer programs to people at all levels because anybody who can impact five to ten people is a leader. This needs a lot of work on humanity. General statements and slogans on the street will not help; it needs pointed work on individual human beings, but there has not been enough infrastructure to do that kind of work.

Tomorrow is a big event - Guru Sangamam - a 'confluence of gurus'. Over one year ago, on the 6th of January, some of the most prominent spiritual leaders in the country came together to start this. The idea is to present India as a spiritual gateway to the world, to make all dimensions of spirituality available on one platform. Another very important factor is that this initiative should protect the spiritual process, so that it does not become exploitative. And there are various ways of doing that. So tomorrow, some 100 gurus will be attending, and many more who could not come have sent their blessings and support. Never before has such a large number of spiritual leaders come together like this. It is truly a momentous event; also an effort to make spiritual leadership a more effective possibility in the world.

Love & Grace

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7 years 4 months ago

compassion cannot be cultivated or developed.it is our inner nature all the time there.we are THAT in fact.when you exist  here not as body mind complex but as just LIFE,you r  naturally compassoinate

4 years 10 months ago

Sadhguru's aspect as Gurur-Vissnnur, Oh adorable, Vasudeva I bow down

7 years 4 months ago

This is phenomenal!!! Sadhguru - I bless the day I found you ! .. pranam

7 years 4 months ago

True leadership shown by Sadhguru

7 years 4 months ago

Great to be part of the ORG. Sadhguru Pranam

7 years 4 months ago

This is good idea.I welcome it

7 years 4 months ago

This place where the Guru Sangamam happens - it's going to be really different after the meet.

7 years 4 months ago

Namashkaram Sadhguru..  I am happy

7 years 4 months ago

A wonderful article. Reassuring for someone seeking to develop yogically in this world. Also, I really want to know more about Guru Sangamam. Any idea where to find more information?

7 years 4 months ago

You are the Leader of my very life breath ...

7 years 4 months ago

Great Days are ahead ! Pranams Sadhguru

7 years 4 months ago

Sadhguru starts and we'll keep it going! I pledge ;)

7 years 4 months ago

Namashkaram Sadhguru .. I am happy

7 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru !

Truly appreciable venture.....  but I wonder how many compassionate human beings exist in this universe .  Can we cultivate compassion in individuals? .  Does the Inner Engineering program ,BSP, or any of the higher programs conducted  by the Isha foundation offer a possibility of developing compassion? . Just waiting to see the results of this new mission of yours ........could be a really fulfilling experience ...much much more than any of your consecrations.  Pranams  dear Sadhguru! .
                                                                                        Dr. Rita Zarina

7 years 4 months ago

namaskaram sadhguru,
                                      idhathan sadhguru adikadi pesikidu irupom. namma natla tholainoku dhalaivarkal illinnu.adhum ungal mulamaka theeru kidaikarudhu romba santhosam.

varaverkum
Gopalakrishnan.N

7 years 4 months ago

"A world of love, light and laughter. Its time has come. Lets make it happen."

-Sadhguru

7 years 4 months ago

Asthanga Namaskar SADHGURU

Guru Sangamam is the sole platform for a prosperous spiritual world which is going to save the humanity from disaster in the name of economic and intellectual prosperity.  THE ONE AND THE ONLY ONE WHO COULD DO THIS IS YOUR GOODSELF SADHGURU.  

Anand R

7 years 4 months ago

It's wonderful idea to show our nation's strong to the world

7 years 4 months ago

Humbly bow down to my Guru, am I really so blessed? It's a feeling unable to be contained - HIS grace is on me each moment though am miles away physically from the Divine ambience. Pranams!

7 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram sathguru,
Guruji, whatever you do ,that is defenitely goodness for this world. it will defenitely get success with your blessings. we all need your blessings.

7 years 4 months ago

நமஸ்காரம் சத்குரு,
"குருசங்கமம்!"...நெகிழ்ச்சியின் அதிர்வலைகளை உணர்கிறேன்!
“ஈஷா லீடர்ஷிப் அகாடமி,”..!என்ன சொல்வதென்றே தெரிய வில்லை  ஆனால் ஒன்று மட்டும் சொல்லிவிட விழைகிறேன்! "எங்கள் தேசத்தின் தந்தை" என்று பாரதம் தங்களையும் கொண்டாடும் நாள் வெகு தொலைவில் இல்லை!

அன்புடன்,
சுதா 

7 years 4 months ago

 Sounds like a plan.

Who are the Guru's who are coming?

7 years 4 months ago

true, no dout at all, that time will come soon

7 years 4 months ago

Yes,yes...The spirituality should rule the world with kind heartedness.All creatures are the products of the Supreme Power. No differences among them.

7 years 3 months ago

Great Truth but seems no way to redeem from bullying!

7 years 4 months ago

It is needed one

7 years 4 months ago

WoW...It is the The Ultimate of Sadhguru and Isha to start a leadership acedemy....now world could recognize what a changemaker can do for them other than dreaming about which had not been before...May i be the first enrollment?

7 years 4 months ago

sadhguru ..... ungal paathangalil namaskrikiren

7 years 4 months ago

nandri sadhguru

7 years 3 months ago

Really this kind of advice help the humans to keep being as humans,thanks to sadhguru for his try to spread the peace and love among peoples,Im Impressed... I feel i realized the fact of life and love.

7 years 4 months ago

Arumai....arumai

7 years 4 months ago

Absolutely true Sadhguru. looking forward to the Isha Leadership Academy....great things are in the making....with your blessings we will get there safely.

7 years 4 months ago

sadhguru namaskaram.......

7 years 4 months ago

Namskaram sadhguru,

We dont have age or intellect to bless or understand......but we trust in our guru........ with the grace of guru, creator we pray, may this initiative trigger a new era...on this globe.....of peace and glory.........

pranam sadhguru

7 years 3 months ago

Pranams.Sadhguru

7 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram.Thank you Sadhguru for making the world a better place and offering your grace to empower people with what is really needed.

7 years 4 months ago

Great to hear my dear Sadhguru.......... Pranams..................... Tomorrow 100........... And I am sure that........ All the prominent spiritual leaders from all over the world will participate in the next Mega Guru Sangamam Event............. 

7 years 4 months ago

I bow to SADHGURU.
Welcome to an another powerty alleviation programme for the humanity.

7 years 4 months ago

This is a good idea. I welcome it.

7 years 3 months ago

I love you Sadhguru. thank you for being a blessing to the world

7 years 4 months ago

Amazingly need thing to happen.  The greater power to move things is in the leaders, just like the greater power to help ecology is in the big companies even though each person protecting the environment does help too!

7 years 4 months ago

Sadhguru, anything you start or do will be a success. Hope the world makes the best possible use of your abundant wealth of Knowedge.

Pranams

7 years 4 months ago

Very very nice comments dear.......... Sadhguru bless you.......

7 years 4 months ago

Sadguru it is really worth in this stage and people in need of spiritual leaders .we indeed welcome it.

7 years 3 months ago

 namaskaram sadhguru, i have not seen a krishna,,ramakrishna prahmansar, or buddha.or vivekananda or gandhiji,ramana maharishi or osho in my life but i m proud and very joyful to have met you and living in your times, in my perception you are The adi yogi Shiva...
pranams sadhguru

7 years 4 months ago

So nice..........

7 years 4 months ago

Sadhguru rocks!

7 years 4 months ago

Namaskaram Sadhguru,

                                    As mentioned earlier creating a Sangh is crucial with compassionate leaders at the helm with proper spiritual understanding - only you can mould such leaders with true essence in them. I am wanting to be one among them.                 

7 years 4 months ago

அற்புதமான செயல் .

6 years 3 months ago

I am very happy to know, that all the Guru's of this planet are taking care of this world. Love all of you, very much.

7 years 4 months ago

Only Sadhguru can think ahead of time. All the very best to the Isha Leadership Academy.

7 years 4 months ago

idhu unmaiyile nalla oru arambam

7 years 4 months ago

sadguru it will be nice if you start a new political party and lead us and make our nation strong