[October 17, 2018] Yesterday I was speaking with a medically-discharged soldier who had received horrible wounds in Afghanistan. He told me that he survives his awful wounds because of his belief in the principles espoused by the Dalai Lama. Those who can carry on after such traumatic events are only those who find a deep spiritual faith within themselves.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has campaigned tirelessly for peace, nonviolence, democracy, and reconciliation, especially among world religions. Winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, he radiates charisma.
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan people
While working on this article, I re-read other profiles of great leaders; those from the ancient world and those who are practicing leaders today. I discovered that the profile I had written for Pope John Paul II was not that much different. Here are the Dalai Lama’s main leadership characteristics:
- Highly sympathetic
- Sensitive, compassionate, and imaginative
- Strives for inner peace
- Opposes the use of violence
- Advocates peaceful solutions based on tolerance and mutual respect
- Deeply believes that the purpose of life is to be happy
The Dalai Lama is a spiritual leader in the true sense. And, he uses all methods of communicating with his Tibetan countrymen and with the world. You can find him on Twitter (link here), on his website (link here), and Facebook (link here). He has millions of followers, not because he is a spiritual man (which he is) but because he exudes a personality that attracts people to him.
He fled Tibet during the 1959 Tibetan uprising when China cracked down upon the country. As part of his goal to communicate with as many people as possible to spread the message of nonviolence and inner peace, the Dalai Lama travels the world to speak about Buddhism and science, peace, interfaith dialogue, and various topics on Tibet and religious teachings.1