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  1. 1. www.nalakainfo.com<br />Leadership qualities of the lord Buddha<br />
  2. 2. Leadership of truthfulness<br /><ul><li>The Buddha’s leadership was to uncover the truth and not to hide it.
  3. 3. It does not matter whether the truth is bitter, a true leader genuinely faces it rather than runs away from it.
  4. 4. Then he preach nothing but the truth.</li></li></ul><li> Leadership for change<br /><ul><li> You do not need a leader to take a sip of water from flowing river.
  5. 5. A person who float downstream with the water is also not called a leader.
  6. 6. A person who swim upstream is indeed a leader.
  7. 7. That is what the Buddha did to find the truth of life.</li></li></ul><li> Leadership by attainment<br /><ul><li> The Buddha first attained the Buddhahood after long struggle and then only he asked others to follow his path.
  8. 8. A true leader never preach without himself experiencing it firsthand.</li></li></ul><li> Leadership by example<br /><ul><li>Buddha never preached others to follow or impose rules without himself abide by those first.
  9. 9. For example before his disciples were asked to restrain from eating in the evenings (“vikalabojana”) , Buddha himself had been following that for long period.</li></li></ul><li> Lead from front at time of need<br /><ul><li>Buddha never mere preach and asked only others to act.
  10. 10. In order to restrain violent beings like “Alavaka” or animals like “Nalagiri”, the Buddha himself took the leadership.</li></li></ul><li> Leader as a teacher<br /><ul><li> Great teachers always teach others what he has experienced and understood.
  11. 11. Within every leader, there is a great teacher.
  12. 12. The Buddha is the greatest leader and the teacher of all time. </li></li></ul><li> Leader as a protector<br /><ul><li> A petty bogus leaders are filled with fear, suspicion and jealousy.
  13. 13. A true leader is someone with compassion and he always protect others at hard times.
  14. 14. A great leader enjoys his subordinate’s success.
  15. 15. The Buddha helped all his followers to win over suffering and protected against endless suffering of “sansara”.</li></li></ul><li> Leaders talk first with others<br /><ul><li> Lot of leaders arrogantly think that their followers must talk to them.
  16. 16. But the Buddha, always talk first (“pubbebasitha”) when he meet someone.
  17. 17. Great leaders are never arrogant in front of his followers or subordinates.</li></li></ul><li> Look directly at the face and talk<br /><ul><li> Buddha is a genuine leader.
  18. 18. He had no tricks or hidden tactics of management.
  19. 19. Therefore, the Buddha always confidently look straight onto the face of people he is talking to.</li></li></ul><li> References / Resources<br /><ul><li> The Thripitaka
  20. 20. www.accesstoinsight.com
  21. 21. www.mahamevnawa.lk</li></li></ul><li>Compiled by<br />NalakaGamage<br />www.nalakainfo.com<br />