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Vicky's Thoughts: Leadership and the Lime Light Syndrome (Experiences of Vicky - Part 2)
So this is the second article in the blog
series about experiences of Vicky. However, it’s going to be different from
now. Vicky directly will be writing the articles and I will be simply
publishing them in www.aasthik.com
So here is the first article from Vicky himself in his own words:
Since I was small, I was raised (by
maternal grandparents and maternal aunts) in a way which always encouraged to
be different, to be unique, but more importantly to be a good human being,
which I was told can only be achieved by helping others in any way possible.
Most people tend to think that one can’t
judge leadership skills in Colleges or even in early corporate life. However, I
strongly, very strongly disagree. I think we can actually, very clearly see a
child with potential leadership qualities. Such a child will be inquisitive, an
initiative-taker, someone who questions the trends and the tradition, who will
volunteer often when others will be skeptical or keep quiet.
Vicky and Leadership
I always was involved in some or other
activity since early childhood. Whether it was being Monitor in ClassRoom or
being the Captain of the team while playing Cricket, I just couldn’t sit back.
By the time I was in High School, I was the Head Boy and also the captain of
Blue House Team. Also led the musical teams (music-band would be not
appropriate here). I never liked to be just a participant. I wanted to be one
of the people known to the crowd. This has continued till date.
Today, I get invites to various HR Summits,
or opportunities to attend Seminars and Guest Lectures. However, I do not go to
places where I am just one of the audiences. It just doesn’t feel right. I have
often wondered why I felt that way. However, a recent discussion with a
colleague made me realize that I have got LimeLight Syndrome.
Vicky and the Lime Light Syndrome
So what Is this LimeLight Symdrome? It is
simply a mental state where a person has been so much involved in organization
of events at various levels that he or she does not like to be just one among
the crowd. They want the LimeLight for themselves. They want to be the
organizers and hence be the celebrities.
But why is it so with them? Because they
have organized too many event that it feels totally unacceptable for them to be
just someone in the crowd. However, the people with LimeLight Syndrome also
know their capabilities and they also respect the other people who are
bigger/better in terms of Work and effort the other greats and geniuses have
put in. For example, I wouldn’t mind being in the crowd when the celebrity
is Sachin Tendulkar, or Amitabh Bachchan or Anna Hazare or Dr Kalam. However,
they wouldn’t like it when someone with similar knowledge or designation is at
the stage and they have to be in the crowd.
But what do they do if such a situation
arises when they cannot have the Lime Light for themselves? They will somehow
still manage to get the attention to them. They will simply not be able to keep
quite. They will be the ice-breakers in the interaction sessions. They will be
the first to talk.
Is Lime Light syndrome good or bad then?
Well is Fire good or bad? With fire you can
cook a man’s dinner; and you can also cook a man!!