Spiritual Life: Good leaders stand in solidarity

PUBLISHED: 08:00 15 July 2018


True leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders.

As Sikhs, we remind ourselves of the accomplishments of the Sikh Gurus. Our history tells us how the Gurus infused a new lease of life into the spiritually suppressed, socially stagnant and economically exploited.

Today we are privileged to have access to leadership programmes and books on leadership, many of us progressing in our schools or careers. There are many academics out there and certainly no lack of talent and intellect.

However, is intellect always the right thing to govern leadership?

Understanding the emotive wave, sympathising with the needs of others, standing in solidarity and remaining principled may be where the strength lies.

This is something I have had the privilege of learning from working alongside individuals who may not have the education we recognise as acceptable, but certainly have leadership skills that far outweigh those who we may assume to be more qualified.

I have been blessed to experience some successes when working as the sangat (like minded collective). I have seen movements begin and institutions form through working in the sangat.

I have also seen failures and observed that those failures occurred when individuals/groups failed to see themselves as part of the sangat.

Leadership comes from the support, respect and direction that the collective sangat give, not by imposing leadership. For Sikhs, it is through the meeting of the sangat where we truly experience the Gurus’ grace.

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