Leadership by Example
Mahatma Gandhi didn’t simply preach—he lived out what he believed. In his book, Arun writes that Gandhi lived by five pillars of non-violence—respect, understanding, acceptance, appreciation, and compassion. Although Gandhi was as flawed a human as any of us, he did his best to live by those pillars.
This is exactly why Gandhi was so successful. He approached everyone, no matter their anger, no matter their prejudice against him or his people, with kindness and respect.
This tactic caused the world to sympathize with India and turn against the British Empire as its forces beat, imprisoned, and humiliated Indian rebels. It also changed the minds of many who came in contact with Gandhi.
If Gandhi had been a hypocrite, lashing out at his enemies, he would have been far less effective as a leader—no one would have been inspired by such a man, and no enemy changed. But people look up to those who can stick to their ideals, especially when those ideals involve treating others like the valuable human beings that they are.
Leading by example is the best form of leadership. After seeing the effects of Gandhi’s life—the freedom of India, itself—we can all agree this this is a valuable lesson.