What is a Leader?

Today’s self-help and management books are filled with topics about leaders and leadership. Srila Prabhupada once gave a succinct definition of leader. Here is an excerpt from a morning walk that took place in July of 1974 in Los Angeles: Prabhupada: Leaders means they should behave in such a way so that by following them, others will be benefitted. That is leader. Jayatirtha: That’s a perfect definition, Srila Prabhupada. Prabhupada: Eh? Jayatirtha: That’s a perfect definition. That should be in the dictionary, like that. Prabhupada: Yes. What is that for definition? Jayatirtha: The… A leader means one that if someone follows him, he’s benefitted. Prabhupada: That is leader.