Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

Rajeshwar Upadhyaya, Editor-in-Chief, The Leadership Review

April 8, 2015

Our attempt has been to decipher the leadership ethos of India and provide through stories, the essence of what it may comprise.

If you look at the stories in this issue, we have JK Tripathy — our example of a tipping point leader who transforms the policing experience by getting the community to police itself. Both examples taken in the article are powerful instances of what all is possible when one sets one’s mind to it. And to think that the operating skill is compassion. JK’s legendary reputation in Trichy and elsewhere stems from the fact that policing in Trichy is still as effective as it was when he left it. In trying to deal with the prison system, draconian as it is in India, JK’s unrelenting effort and creative thinking has led the prison to becoming a university where you pick up skills and self-worth that help you survive the real world (not very different from the brutality of the prison — metaphorically speaking).

Brendan McCarthaigh’s touching narrative about the ordeal of school children, and the unrelenting suicide rates, is heart rending. He seeks to bring about systemic change that is more humane than the present system. What can get a child, with all its beauty and the wonder of curiosity, to end its life because of failure to get more marks? This is shaming and damning. Brendan’s compassion is for all, and he hesitates to point fingers, except at thoughtlessness. He provides an alternate way of doing things, and that is worth your reading time.

I must point to another article written by a long term friend, Joe Hopper, who deals with organisations’ pathological need to cut cost at any cost! This small and terse article is insightful and talks elaborately about the unintended consequences of cost cutting, which turn out to be more damaging than imagined.

Sharu Rangnekar, a star speaker from yesteryears with his tongue-in-cheek humour brings out in his perceptive narrative, factors that comprise exceptional performance. And deftly makes the point through personal examples and experiences. Leads us to contemplate that the core reasons of success are pretty unchanging.

Happy reading!