Win Lasting Influence, Listen for the Underlying Need: Mahatma Gandhi Builds the Bedrock of anUnbreakable Charismatic Bond
The Father of India, Apostle of Non-violence, Mahatma Gandhi stands today as a global icon. Despite his initial absence, the deeply spiritual Gandhi, who possessed little more than a loincloth and glasses, rose to become one of the most influential figures in India, leading the nation to victory over the greatest empire on Earth without so much as throwing a stone. Discover how Gandhi built the bedrock of a charismatic bond with followers and forged the foundation of his influence around the world.
Episode Overview: After leaving for law school in London at age 18, when Mohandas K. Gandhi finally returned to India in 1915 he was 45. Despite his prolonged initial absence, the deeply spiritual Gandhi quickly rose to become one of the most influential figures in India. In fact, for a man who possessed little more than a loincloth and glasses to defeat the greatest empire on Earth, without so much as throwing a stone, we might well look to Mahatma Gandhi as the most brilliant strategist and leader that ever lived. In 1999, TIME magazine credited Gandhi as runner-up to Albert Einstein for “Person of the Century.” But Einstein himself said, “Mahatma Gandhi’s life achievement stands unique in political history. He has invented a completely new and humane means for the liberation war of an oppressed country…We may all be happy and grateful that destiny gifted us with such an enlightened contemporary, a role model for the generations to come….[who] will scarce believe that such a one as this walked the earth in flesh and blood.” Today, known as “The Father of India” and “The Apostle of Non-violence,” Mahatma Gandhi is a global icon. In this episode of Classic Influence, we’ll travel back to India in 1915 and discover how Gandhi built an unbreakable charismatic bond with his followers and, in the process, forged the foundation of his influence in India, Great Britain and beyond.