Tourism success depends on effective leadership. Leadership do not come automatically. One needs to develop leadership qualities. Effective leaders hold distinct characteristics and these can be seen by very look of the leaders. They continuously try to achieve something and have prefixed objectives in their mind. They learn from their experiences everyday, they read, go for training to update themselves, listen to all, to have cross section of views, they are curious, always double check the opinions as they come to them to know the actual facts and do not carried away by emotions, ask questions and develop new skills and always like to know more about their profession.
Most of the leaders who are really competent are very much service oriented and do not restrict themselves to benefit for their own career. They think of others and think to solve their problems. They shoulder responsibility and make sincere efforts and do not offer lip sympathy. Successful tourism leaders do listen to all and never over react on any negative comments and judge every people or its merit or need and look into behavioral stress in others mind to give mental support and ensure pleasant or amicable settlement. They lead balance lives and take care of health, spiritual, intellectual, social needs, enjoy, carry good sense of humor, laugh at themselves, do not insult others; very caring and supportive to juniors or downtrodden; they have the power to appreciate good and condemn the bad. Some time they are adventurous and work hard. They are original and creative. They listen, keep a pleasant smile in their face, they meditate, they offer prayers, they exercise, they do charity, they take responsibility for any mistakes and extend apologies, they have strong inner sense and go by the inner voice, they are doers and not happy till they get positive results. Our tourism needs the leaders of such Qualities. Let us judge, do we have the right leaders?
If any organization in tourism business has leader with such characteristics, business growth and success is guaranteed. Let us build our tourism plant with leaders holding knowledge, courage, integrity service and right vision. This is the need of the hour if tourism has to grow in India.