The power of words is greatest of all. The supreme power of a protagonist depends upon her communication skills. In the great Mahabharata, all Krishna lessons to Arjun were nothing but the virtue of words and the lessons were conveyed effectively. The INDIAN soil has always given many such leaders like Swami Vivekananda who had the art of utilizing the power of words. It is a name that inspires admiration and awe around the globe. This name has always influenced the greatest scientists like Nikol Tesla, visionaries like J.R.D Tata, PM Narendra Modi and the youth to several top leaders in the world. When he delivered a speech in Chicago in the parliament of religions in 1891, the world took notice of his message of kinship. Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, etc. are all such great examples that our history is enriched with.
What is common in these personalities? What traits do they share? Is their leadership style common or indifferent? No matter they practice a different leadership style, different communication style, different persona, different habits, etc. but what they have in common is the art of playing with words. They inspire people with what they speak and how they speak. It is simply the art of connecting with people. It is the Grandiloquent style. One characteristic of the great transformational leaders is the ability to inspire. They just don’t know how to bore and snore. Perhaps it’s because they know how to appeal to your why. But wait a moment, do you know what is transformational leadership?
Transformational leadership is a theory of leadership where a leader pushes its team for embracing the change by motivating them, allowing them to set their goals and fulfill them on their own. There have been many transformational leaders' world has seen like Alexander the Great, Aristotle, Henry Ford, Adolf Hitler, Steve Jobs, etc. The late Bernard Bass, a professor in the School of Management at Binghamton University,
culminated in the theory of 4 I for the transformational leaders. These are:
1. Idealized Influence: They kindle trust and loyalty among followers through charisma and positive behavior.
2. Intellectual Stimulation: Transformational leaders create an environment of intellectual stimulation and creativity is the key to success and staff are given guidance on how to optimize their problem-solving capabilities, including lateral-thinking exercise.
3. Individualized Consideration: These types always treat their employees separately based on their potential. For them, the team is always an asset to them.
4. Inspirational Motivation: It’s been said that first, you change yourself and then others. With this thought in the head, a transformational leader inspires his followers to achieve their goal. They play the role of a mentor, friend a many more. They support the team and push them to embrace the change. Dolly Parton once said, “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader”.
Isn’t this article insightful? At MERI, the institute believes in turning students into future leaders with great capabilities. We are given ample of fortuity to hone our existing skills and cultivate new ones. We have an expansive library having the best books and case studies that strengthen our intellect and it keep us connected with the rapid changing world. Learning by doing is extensively promoted by our college. Concerning the above-discussed points, leadership is all about the power of words. Our institution always encourages the students to be part of the main streamline by speaking out.
We have our media cell, MERI MIC the youngest cell of the institution that focuses on developing the interpersonal skills of the team. We conduct numerous national and international seminars, workshops, competitions, etc. and bring the students on a platform to develop interpersonal skills. We learn team dynamics, team management, leadership, and the list is nonending. The best part of our institution is; it is of the students, by the students, and for the students.
I would like to conclude with an admirable quote by James Hues, “the art of communication is the language of leadership.”
Management Education and Research Institute (MERI).