As Indians mourn the passing away of “People’s President”, Space Scientist, Teacher and Visionary Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, I am reminded of having read an interview he gave to India Knowledge@Wharton in 2008 where he shared some very important leadership lessons.
I decided to pay a small tribute in my own little way to someone who has not only taken India to newer heights but has kindled a fire of inspiration in thousands of young minds through his connect with students. He passed away while on the dais speaking to students of IIM Shillong. What a rare privilege to be able to depart doing what one loves doing the most; working till the last breath!
He has been so many things rolled into one – space scientist, missile man, India’s ex-President, Advisor, Visionary etc but when he was asked how he would like to be remembered, he mentioned that he wanted to be remembered only as a teacher.
And that is how India will remember him. Here is a sketch note of 6 leadership lessons Dr. Kalam shared in his interview.