Leadership lessons from the master who trained the Kung Fu Panda

The wise old master trained and prepared five students for years in the hope that one of them would be the dragon warrior, but what he got was a big fat panda. He was in denial at first but quickly realized that he needs to make the most of the situation. Here are six lines from the fuzzy little Kung Fu master that show us how we can be better leaders.

“The road to the mountaintop does not travel downhill.”

As a leader Shifu knows that achievements demand their fair share of hard work. There are no shortcuts to get to the top and only those who are willing to put in the effort will eventually succeed.

“This is why we try to remain centered. It is the balance that gives us strength and brings us peace of mind.”

A leader is always under a lot of pressure and everyone is looking to him to show the way. In the complex world that we live in, there are far too many risks and factors to consider when making a decision. So it’s very important for a leader to be balanced if he is to make the right decisions.

“Anything is possible when you have inner peace.”

The most important trait of leader is having faith in himself. Once you have that, you have the confidence to achieve what you have set out for. It’s truly an inside-out process.

“The sign of a true hero is humility.”

It is very easy to get disillusioned by your achievements. As the old saying goes: one cannot fill a cup that is already full. There is no end to what you can learn — and humility helps you learn and grow as a leader.

“If you don’t train, you will never reach the next level.”

Nobody is a born leader. To be a leader, you must constantly prove why you are worthy of leading. That involves continuously improving your skills to reach the next level. Train or go home.

“There are no accidents.”

This one’s actually Master Oogway’s quote but it makes us realize how easily we tend to blame circumstances rather than taking responsibility. If something is not going as per your plan, you need to find out another way to do it. That’s what makes a leader different from others.

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