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Prestige Magazine, one of Singapores leading


monthlies, interviews yogi, mystic and visionary,
Sadhguru, on the essential qualities of a good leader in
todays world of rapid change and shifting fortunes.
Sadhguru explores the 3 Is which ensure great
leadership, and looks at the greater global role that
economic leaders will play in the coming years.

Q: What would you say are the essential


qualities of a good leader?
Sadhguru: A leader is someone who has insight into
the situation in which he exists; he sees what others
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are not able to see. If one is able to pay enough


attention, there is nothing in the universe that is not
open to you. But not everybody has the same level of
attention to details. He must be a symbol of integrity
and must be able to inspire the best in those around
him. Being an inspiration need not necessarily mean
that a leader has to be very charismatic or
flamboyant. Many inspire others simply out of their
absolute commitment to what they do, for example,
Mahatma Gandhi, who managed to move millions of
people simply because of an extraordinary sense of
commitment. So its the three Is: Insight, Integrity
and Inspiration. Maybe that means he needs a third
eye!

Leadership & Economic


Sustainability
Q: Specifically, it is business leadership that
forms a large part of your work. Why is this
area so important at this time?
Sadhguru: A few hundred years ago, religious
leadership was the most dominant leadership on the
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planet. As machinery came, it was military leadership.


In the last hundred years, democratically elected
leadership became the dominant force. In 15 to 20
years, it will be economic leadership. But till now,
business leaders have only thought of profit. Their
roles are becoming so big that its no more about
running businesses; they are actually making nations
and creating a world. So my work has been to
constantly remind them that its time they move from
personal ambitions to a larger vision. More inclusive
economics needs to happen.
When I was at the World Economic Forum in Davos,
I kept hearing people refer to Asia as an emerging
market and I said its time to stop referring to Asia as
that because the continent is made up of people. If you
see them as a market place, you will see how to exploit
it. But if you see and experience them as people, you
will see how to develop their entire situation and a
market will develop out of that.
Q: A lot of big businesses are putting more into
their corporate social responsibility (CSR)
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efforts these days. Can this be enough or is this


just step one?
Sadhguru: Im infamous for continuously talking
against CSR, because in my mind the business itself
should be socially responsible and not just that two
percent of earnings that gets channeled to CSR. If you
run businesses in a more inclusive manner, you dont
need this CSR fund that you keep aside. Y our
quarterly balance sheet may be a little lower, but at
the rate you will be able to grow, that can be
increased. Business is about expansion, not only
accumulating profits. And that is what will make the
business very strong and on a stronger base.

Good Leaders & Great Leaders:


The Difference
Q: Say Im a corporate leader who wants to do
good, what advice would you give me?
Sadhguru: The first time I was at the World
Economic Forum, some people were almost resentful
that I, a mystic, was at a business meeting. One of
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them was a CEO of a major computer hardware


company. I asked him what he does. He said: We
produce computers. So I told him, whether you
produce a computer, safety pin, spacecraft or a car,
essentially the basic business you are in is human
wellbeing and that is my business too. What a
corporate leader needs to understand is that regardless
of the nature of his business, essentially it is useful to
the people on the planet. With that consciousness, that
business is all he needs to do and it can be done in a
way that is beneficial to a huge number of people. Its
like that African saying: When a lion feeds, every
creature gets to eat. A businessperson need not start a
school or orphanage. Im not saying they should not.
What Im saying is that, that is not the important
thing. So my question to you is this: Are you doing
something for your satisfaction or are you seeking a
solution to the problems of the world? CSR seems
more for personal satisfaction.

Managing Yourself
Q: How does one know when they have reached
that point in their lives when they have attained
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and achieved enough?


Sadhguru: Theyll clearly know it because when they
reach it, theyll be dead! In human life, there is no
such thing as attaining enough or achieving enough.
Maybe with possessions, you can say: Okay, I have a
nice home and this is enough for me. But life is an
endless possibility. The only question is, are you being
driven by something or are you driving your life?
Desires drive people: desire to possess, desire to
achieve, desire to be recognised. If today you desire a
new smartphone, tomorrow youll want something
else. If I give you the whole planet and make you the
queen, will you be fulfilled? No, youll want the moon
and the stars. That is why turning inwards is very
important. Y oull do things more consciously. Right
now the world is functioning compulsively and thats
our problem.

Editors Note: Download the ebook Inner


Management by Sadhguru, which takes a deeper
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look at the qualities of a good leader, and elaborates


on the need for inner stability in an individual to
ensure holistic management. The book is available on
a name your price basis. Pay what you want and
download it.
For more insights from Sadhguru, follow him on
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Images courtesy: Abraham Lincoln, November 1863


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Gandhi Smiling from Wikimedia Commons
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Ceekaykay

a year ago

Sadhguru is very careful with words and very sensitive to negative usage. I remember reading that He did not like t
way Americans refer to forested areas and tree clusters as "the woods".
"emerging market"and not a place of human beings.
Insight, Inspiration and Integrity
Three things that this world now lacks
Exploit and loot with alacrity
The slogan of all materialistic cracks.......

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Gopi Krishna > Ceekaykay

a year ago

Exactly. Sadhguru didn't like Robert Frost for referring trees as "The woods are dark and deep" in his poem
This happened when he was in School! :D
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"Life is an endless possibility"


"Right now the world is functioning compulsively and thats our problem."


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