Leadership Profile of Deepak Chopra

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Leadership Profile – Dr. Deepak Chopra

Introduction

Servant-leader and transformational leadership models will be the lens through which this study will examine Dr.Chopra's leadership style. This paper will analyze the leadership effectiveness of Dr.Chopra in his key leadership position as a world renowned medical practitioner in the U.S, and also examine how events throughout his life have ignited his passion to serve as a leader. Description of the Leader

The leader I've chosen to write about is Dr. Deepak Chopra, popularly acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of alternative medicine and unified consciousness.

It was during the years I worked for a fortune 100 company in the US, that I was
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Chopra indicates that he first appreciated the true power of a leader when he was a boy and Jawaharlal Nehru came to his Indian city. As millions gathered on the streets, the first prime minister of independent India threw a rose from his lapel to Chopra's mother. She kept the flower in a vase in her study for 3 weeks as visitors came to look reverently at it and then distributed the petals to her close friends. "Why was it so special?" the young Chopra asked his mother. Her reply: "It represented the soul of India." Chopra observed that Nehru, and by extension the flower, "was the deepest representation of a collective aspiration — yearning to be more than what they were."
In that moment, Chopra realized that a true leader can exert a force that transcends simple cause-and-effect mechanics. "A great leader is the symbolic soul of a group," he said. "The leader acts as a catalyst for change and transformation. Leaders and followers co-create each other, forming an inevitable spiritual bond. The leader exists for the followers and the followers for the leader."

Personal and Professional Life:
Having become a highly successful medical practitioner in the US, Dr. Chopra started his own private clinic in 1977 and established a large practice. Along with the successful following he had, being a doctor was very demanding, there was a lot of personal stresses Deepak was forced to deal with. The hours

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