Saturday 9 February 2019

Leadership Lessons from Jhansi Rani Lakshmibai―Share if You Care!

"The Ranee was remarkable for her bravery, cleverness, and perseverance; her generosity to her subordinates was unbounded. These qualities, combined with her rank, rendered her the most dangerous of the rebel leaders." —General Sir High Rose

There are several women leaders who contributed to India’s independence and prosperity. The list is endless. In this post, I will discuss Rani Lakshmibai, her leadership style, and the lessons we must learn from her leadership.

Rani Lakshmibai was born on 19 November 1828 in Varanasi, India and died on 18 June 1858 near Gwalior. She was an educated, civilized, bold, brilliant, and beautiful woman. She became the ruler of Jhansi when she was barely 18 years old. She was an incredible and inspiring leader. She was an iconic leader who fought for India’s independence. She fought valiantly and gave a tough time to the British. She emerged as the mascot for Indian nationalism.

Leadership Lessons

Rani Lakshmibai was self-educated and a voracious reader. There are several lessons you can learn from her leadership. Here are some of them.  
  • Be courageous to face the challenges.
  • Be honest and straightforward.
  • Overcome volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.
  • Encourage women empowerment.
  • Stand by your principles and philosophies.


“Whatever Rani Laxmibhai's faults in British eyes may have been, her countrymen will ever remember that she was driven by ill-treatment into rebellion and that she lived and died for her country. We cannot forget her contribution to India." —Colonel Malleson

Films and serials have been named on her eulogizing her fight for independence. Kangana Ranaut played the lead role in the film, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi which was released on 25 January 2019. Learn lessons from her leadership to excel as a successful leader. You are gifted with one life and you must deliver your goods sincerely without craving for any attention and approval to provide meaning to your life.

Rani Lakshmibai was a legend who lived her life without any fear. She remains an inspiration for all Indians and will be remembered forever in Indian history for her courageous leadership. Jai Hind.

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Professor M.S. Rao
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India

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