(Kadamba Kanana Swami, January 2012, Radhadesh, Belgium, Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.9)
I visited a temple during my travels last year. For quite a number of years, that temple was emptying out. Everyone was leaving! Then suddenly, they found a new president who was young, enthusiastic and kind of nice in human relationships. That was his strongest point and this had changed the mood so much that now everyone is moving towards the temple. People were telling me, “Can I talk to you? I am thinking of moving into that temple!”
So it is like that. Good leadership is certainly important. Especially leadership centred around the behaviour of a sadhu – a person who is gentle; who is an example; who is spiritually strong and who is kind in his dealings. People look up to that kind of leader.
It is still a fundamental principle. In India, they still say, “Ram raja… Ram raja!” The rule of Lord Ramachandra from one million years ago is relevant still today – very relevant in India today. They all want that.
In our Movement, this is required but it also requires that we all come forward. I read a book about management and it mentioned, “Three hundred sixty degree leadership!”
It means that everyone on every level must be in a role of leadership. It is not that the person who is at the top position has to be a perfect example and a leader. No, everyone has to take his share of leadership! Everybody has to be a leader in his own field – three hundred sixty degrees means all around! Everyone has to be an example, everyone has to lead and take the initiative! No one can just wait for someone to make it happen!