This article focuses on the leadership qualities of Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister of India. He was born on the 17th of September, 1950 and was also the Chief Minister of Gujarat from the year 2001 to 2014. He became the 14th Prime Minister on the 26th of May, 2014. Narendra Modi is also known as a Hindu nationalist and belongs to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Narendra Modi was born the third child in a family of six and his family belonged to the Modh-Ghandi-Teli community which has been categorized by the Indian government as socially and educationally disadvantaged. His father's name was Damodardas Mulchand Modi and Hiraben Modi is his mother's name. From a young age, he was known to be hard working and helped his father in his tea business at a rail station. He later went on to run a tea stall with his brother. Narendra completed his secondary education and was described as an average student who was keen in debates. He was often said to like to play certain important characters in some theatrical productions. It is believed that this has influenced his political career in no small measure. The Prime Minister is popular and has a steady rating in polls among his fellow countrymen. A lot of this has been attributed to his leadership qualities, some of which I will be examining below.
Narendra Modi is described as a man of high integrity and good character which everyone should embrace. He is said to live above board
even as Prime Minister and is not interested in attracting unnecessary attention to the position he occupies. He does not misuse his position to achieve personal ambitions and tries to keep it simple at all times. The Prime Minister is widely known to be a very disciplined individual and has not allowed the paraphernalia of public office to affect him negatively or change his disciplined lifestyle. He is strict and does not allow unserious people to work with him in his cabinet. Narendra Modi is said to have always been disciplined and this he has taken even to public office. This has helped him instill the same quality at the top level of government which has contributed to the success of his administration. This attribute has enabled him achieve a lot in a very short period of time and endeared him to his people. This leader is also in touch with the present realities of his followers and the people in general as he is very adept at using social media. He loves technology and uses it to keep abreast of happenings in the country and beyond. It is said that he is update with minor and major issues both in India and the international scene. Facebook is one of the platforms which he regularly uses to update his followers on daily events and decisions in government. This singular attribute has made him very popular especially among the youth which constitute a major percentage of the Indian population.
This unassuming leader is also known for his good public speaking skills. He is known to deliver very quality speeches that sometimes leaves his listeners spellbound, He speaks with a certain level of authority and in-depth knowledge that keeps those who listen to him wanting more. His oratory skills are not in doubt as his speeches have great impact on people always. It is not uncommon to see people cheer him on at events where he is speaking to the public. This is a good leadership skill because everyone who has followers should be able to carry them along at all times.
Narendra Modi is also described as a very patient person and has been able to resolve conflicts which have lasted for a very long period of time. This quality is vital for anyone who occupies
a leadership position in our world today because there would be people that will disagree with you and without patience, a leader would be unable to achieve much. He is not easily overpowered by emotions and does not act on impulse rather he is usually composed and calm even in the midst of seeming major crisis. He is also popularly described as possessing a very sharp and analytical mind who often is able to solve very nutty issues in a very simple way. He is known to break big issues down into smaller bits that make it easier to tackle. In this way, he has been able to address difficult problems facing himas Prime Minister of India.
It is also important for a leader to be visionary that is, he must know where he is going and be able to take his followers in the same direction. This is another leadership quality that Narendra possesses. He has been able to come up with unique initiatives that are transforming the country. One of this visionary project is the 'Make in India' initiative and is focused on encouraging national as well as multinational companies to manufacture their products in India. This laudable project was initiated in 2015 and has made the country emerge as one of the top destinations of foreign direct investment (FDI) surpassing the United States of America and the People's Republic of China. India is said to have received a total of about $63 billion inflow in 2015. Apart from this, several foreign companies are now establishing their presence in the country. Another visionary project of Narendra Modi is the 'Clean India' initiative otherwise known as 'Swachh Bharat' Mission. This campaign is aimed at keeping the streets, roads and infrastructure in the country clean and safe for all. Under this initiative, the Prime Minister has urged institutions and citizens to dedicate at least 100 hours each year towards cleanliness. He has been emphasizing the important of a clean environment and good sanitation habits and is encouraging the entire citizenry to take it as an important task to be achieved. He has encouraged leaders from all religious faiths to become a part of this initiative in order to carry along their followers.
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