Mahatma Gandhi, Leadership

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Herlinda Lopez MGT 5093 As a leader of the people, Gandhi not only guided the masses in India but inspired numerous across the globe. He stood for peace, unity, love, and acceptance, and his attitude towards his enemies was both an enigma and a lesson. But in his role as leader, Gandhi did not advocate a devotion to himself. Rather, he saw himself as inadequate and imperfect. But this self-insight was key in his ability to lead the people of India. Everyone saw him as one of them, and this drew cohesion and loyalty. By presenting himself as “human”, Gandhi was no different than those around him. Basically, if he could find it in himself to withstand the prejudice and violence, than so could anyone else. Gandhi was neither super-human nor special or divine. Those that looked to him for direction really embraced and found strength in the idea that they were “human” just like him. Gandhi states that “Individual liberty and interdependence are both essential to life in society,” and he links these two ideas. Despite often being depicted as mutually exclusive, these two ideas are very much an integral part of the teachings that Gandhi tried to get his followers to understand and relate to. People, by their very existence, are meant to be free and maintain a level of individual liberty. “‘All men recognize the right to revolution,’ he wrote, ‘that is the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government when its tyranny and efficiency are great and unendurable.’” Gandhi felt very strongly that slavery and oppression of people was wrong and an infringement on the rights of humans and human nature. People are not obligated to follow a government who is wrong or corrupt. Despite these individual liberties, people are also bound to each other by human nature and by the invisible barriers of culture and society. In their fight for freedom from

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