14th May, 2004, I met India’s missile man, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. Till that date I don’t know anything about this person. But since that Friday he became my favorite leader. On that Friday afternoon Dr. Kalam shared his thoughts with us at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October, 1931 at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu. He was the President of India from 25th July, 2002 to 24th July, 2007. Dr. Kalam is renowned aerospace engineer, professor of Aerospace engineering and first chancellor of Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Tiruvananthapuram. He is the only person who gave India “Vision 2020”. He is a great and stalwart leader.
Leadership practices by former President of India.
What are the models that leaders built to succeed in its term? In Dr. Kalam’s way it is creativity. Creativity brings knowledge in society, creativity encourages Innovative thinking. It changes person’s ability to think and generate ideas, like Google, productivity of creative thinking.
Second, model he talks about Law of Development, which stand on three pillars; enable resource to develop nation, technology, productivity. In technology he gave weighted to communication and importance of communication. Basic technology and Science is vital for any growth targeted sectors. Technology has two sides; it can lead to economic prosperity and create capability for national security.
Third, he added society grid. Society grid divided in four parts; Knowledge grid, Health grid, Rural grid and Legal grid. This grid system will bring prosperity to nation. It also adds value to nation in formal or informal way.
Dr. Kalam’s name is permanently added in the list of India’s great visionaries. In his words, Leader must have a vision for Organization. He is leading ‘Vision 2020’ for India, as a developed country by the year 2020. In that vision he included Agricultural and food procession, Infrastructure, Water mission, Sustainable Rural Development through PURA, PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural areas) mission, Education development. He wants to make India Energy independent country by 2030, with the help of solar energy, Nuclear energy and Bio fuel energy.
As a leader, one should challenge the processes. Dr, Kalam says, ‘A leader must know how to celebrate the successes and manage the failures.’ Here he gave message, to handle success and more importantly how to manage failures. Because as a leader he/she has to come across failures in any field, and how he/she manages and bypass that failure without any negative effect on his team’s performance and productivity. In the challenging process, leader must have courage to take decisions. And if decision went wrong he has been able to take responsibilities.
Mr. Kalam is a kind of leader, who believes in creating opportunities and creates leadership. As per his view a leader must be able to explore uncharted areas. A leader must think towards welfare of society, and must have creative ideas to explore new opportunity and paths for people. A leader should have nobility in management, when one is leader he do not thinks only about his/her own, but he has to thinks for management and organization’s purpose with people in mind.
A leader should be enough capable to motivate other peoples and encourage hearts. Here Dr. Kalam tells about how he was inspired by this role model leaders, how he studied and lived with great scientists. As he was keen to learn about Space science and technology leadership qualities that underscore the significance of Space and Technology in the developed nation.
He motivates younger generation through the example of his idol Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. And from live examples, how Dr. Sarabhai and his team launched satellite and create satellite vehicle launce programmer in Indian soil. And how space applications has become a part of our daily life and how it is changing the map of India in Global view.
“Learning gives creativity,
Creativity leads thinking,
Thinking provides knowledge,
Knowledge makes you great.”
_ Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam