Leadership Lecture Sam Manekshaw (youtube.com)


Modified:   August 12, 2021
Published:   July 13, 2020

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Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSvLFPFXjc8

He believes leaders are not born, you can make a leaders out of man with reasonable common-sense and decency and rest of portion he then mentions attributes of leadership.

Most of part is taken from summarized transcript by fellow youtuber at video with little changes from my side.

According to manekshaw sir qualities of leader
  1. Professional competence : He provided example of Defence Minister who had no idea about howitzer, motor etc how can he lead the army officers !!

  2. Ability to take a decision and take a full responsibility for it : πŸ‘‰πŸ» act of omission is much worse than act of commission of wrong. πŸ‘‰πŸ» why a person don’t take decision?? because he lacks confidence!! why? because he lacks professional knowledge ! πŸ‘‰πŸ» if you must be a bloody fool be must quickly - manekshawism

  3. Absolute justice and impartiality By this way you may not be liked by all but be respected.

  4. Courage

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ» moral courage: ability to distinguish right from wrong and standby it irrespective of what others think.

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ» yes man, is horrible man, he may rise very high, but will never become leader, he will be used by superior and disliked by colleagues.

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ»(he mentioned story, when he was summoned, during east Pakistan crisis, by Indira Gandhi and other cabinet minister who expected him to be agree to intervene in april month, which was not prudent and he boldly put forward his dissent about choice of time rather than being yesman )

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ» physical courage: Everyone is scared, he tells he was scared too. To be a leader, one to have to physical courageous in face of adversity.

He mentioned a story, where his subordinate threatened that he would kill him, that chap was big but he despite being scared. He made him santri for night and asked him to bring tea and hot water to him in morning. He had option to have more security around him, but he showed he has courage and also showing trust in his men. Funnily he goes on to say, don’t be fool-hardy like he was but we need to understand the idea.

  1. Loyalty Its two way thing, one can rightfully demand it from subordinate if he is also loyal to them.

  2. Management of men and sources He mostly conveyed about role of emotional intelligence, that human have problems so being stern should be combined with human touch and sense of humour play a great role in it.

  3. Discipline and Character No amount leadership would put things right, the two other important aspect(that we usually lack)

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ»Discipline

    Discipline is code of conduct for decent living in society one with the other This code of conduct has come from generation to generation, it’s come from holy books and refined on as cultures change

    Example: Non-punctuality is an act of ill-discipline. Very harmful for society and nation.

    • πŸ‘‰πŸ» Character

      You should be honest, truthful etc. The big picture is, knowing what you are, not let fans or hangers-on put you on pedestals.

Do watch the video, if you have time. You can learn lessons on how to communicates and sweet little jokes he cracks, which make it far insightful then above mentioned transcript


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