Leadership in your palm

Most effective and exemplary leadership is in your palm. For learning leadership lessons one need not go to any business school or read many books on modern approaches to leaderships.

Leadership is literally in your hand. It is in your palm. Look at your palm. What do you see? Fingers! How many fingers? Five? No! There are only four fingers. The other one is thumb! In every language this one is not called a finger but by a different name.

But is it not a finger? It is not entirely correct to say that it is not a finger. It is not entirely correct to say that it is just a finger.

Thumb is a finger and also more than a finger. Leader is a member and more than a member. Like thumb is the finger plus, leader is member plus.

Now we have a team of leader and four fingers.

What leadership lessons can we learn from this team? Look at the palm and fingers.

  • The team fingers have difficulty in contacting each other. They have a problem to be in touch with each other. But, thumb easily touches each of the fingers. Actually, when you join thumb and four fingers they come together easily.
  • A effective leader is in touch with each of the members and brings them together.
  • Though thumb is smaller in size than three of the fingers, it is solid and strong.
  • An effective leader is strong and solid (in will) though he may be smaller in size. Size is not a determining factor for leadership but being solid and strong matters.
  • All the four fingers have three joints each though Thumb has not got only two joints. But Thumb is more flexible than each of them.
  • An effective leader may have less skill than the members but is flexible to utilize the skills of members.
  • The four fingers are facing the world and are externally directed. Thumb looks towards both the world and also towards the four members.
  • Effective leader minds both members and work. He actually cares for members so that they can care for work.
  • Fingers cannot work without Thumb. Thumb cannot work without fingers. Fingers need Thumb and thumb needs fingers.
  • Members cannot work without leader. Leader cannot work without members. Members need leader and leader needs members.
  • Thumb helps fingers to do different jobs in different forms like holding, pulling, lifting, writing etc. and adds value in many ways.
  • Leader helps members to perform many tasks and adds value in many ways.
  • There is trouble maker in fingers. That is Index finger. It points out again and again. “This is Wrong”. “That is Wrong”. It threatens. It questions. It disagrees. But when this aggressive finger joins Thumb, it makes a perfect sign.
  • Amongst members there may be members who question, agree, disagree and accuse. But effective leader joins that very member to create excellence and perfectness.
  • Very important thing. Both thumb and fingers cannot do without bending. While standing rigid no work can be done. When they bend they can do many things.
  • Both leader and member have to be humble to do effective work. Being rigid with own egos will not contribute. Bending together and mending together is ending of all problems and the master key to success. To bend, to be humble is to understand each other. To understand one has to stand under.
  • When thumb and all the fingers close together in unity, they become a strong Iron fist, which can hammer and crash anything.
  • When leader and members close together in unity they become a strong force and can hammer and crash any problem.
  • When four fingers close together and thumb stands high representing team it is “Thumbs- up”. A victory for team.
  • When members close together and leader is shining with smile and standing for the team it is “Spirits up”. A victory for team.
  • When all fingers including the thumb join with each other and palm is held up, it is “Abhayam” fearlessness.
  • When all members including the leader join with each other and the team stands up, it is “Abhayam” fearlessness Thus, responsible leadership and effective team are in your hand.


Last Updated on Thursday, 05 December 2013 17:10  

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