Article (February-2021)


Leading by Calling

Sanjay Bhattacharya

Designation : -   PhD, Strategic Lead

Organization : -  World Vision India, New Delhi


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Leadership should be a direct response to our calling. The calling of a true leader is to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of people. Leadership can be looked differently based on our jobs or our role in other facets of the society. It can be seen by leading others in management positions of the organization or within our families, or social groups, we serves. We may have never been called a leader or we don't like leading others, but we still have the opportunity to influence and impact those we work with or will work with in the future. Whatever our role may be it is important to understand that we are having an impact on those around us. Leadership is the most powerful human force. The rewarding part of our calling as an educator, social worker, entrepreneur, lawyer, medical professional, or a coach; is that we too can see the impact we have on others while leading others as a fulfillment of our calling.

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

No job should be seen as too important or irrelevant because it all relates back to how we are doing our jobs and impacting others. And here's why we need to answer the call. A leader with a calling is likely to promote followers' behaviour based on a strong sense of connectedness, and follower job performance is also likely to be influenced by leader's calling.

Elements of Calling in Leadership

People who feel a connection between their personal values and passion generally see their job as a calling. They firm up their commitment to succeed in leveraging their talents for achieving the superior purpose. This is because they want to see the bigger picture of what they are doing.

The leaders with a calling exhibit a sense of ethics with aspirations to use their abilities for achieving the drive that satisfies every aspect of their lives.

"Calling in leadership is alignment of personal values with passion, committed to the success by leveraging the God given talent, contributing to superior purpose."- Sanjay Bhattacharya, PhD. Sanjay Bhattacharya

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