Learn Leadership from the fundamentals of Physics

21 Sep

Picture of PhysicsYesterday was – one of those days, where I was helping my nephew with his 5th grade physics homework. While explaining him the fundamentals of physics, I got to realize that there are many similarities between physics and leadership. What is physics, after all? Physics is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. And Leadership is about analyzing people’s abilities, and encouraging them to contribute in making something extraordinary happen. In this blog, I am going to talk about – how physics can teach us a great deal about leadership.

One of the fundamental laws of physics states that “for every reaction there there is an equal and opposite reaction”. The same is true for leadership, “for every action a leader takes, there is a corresponding reaction from followers”. As leaders we often underestimate the influence we have over our followers. Thus, we need to make sure that – we ask the right questions, tell the right stories, and set the right example. We should be conscious about what we say and how we act.

Have you ever proved/disproved any hypothesis using scientific method? The method is very simple: you just need to find out one observation to disprove the given hypothesis, if you can’t then you proved the hypothesis. This scientific method of proving hypothesis is directly related to leadership. Leaders are always under the microscope. People will only need one observation to hurt the reputation of the leader. Look at BP, Toyota, and Tiger Woods for examples. It only took one bad incident for them to destroy their brands. Thus, as a leader – we should be consistent in what we do, not often, but each and every time.

Basically, leaders should always be cautious about what they say and what they do. As a leader, we should try to set a good example for our followers.

I hope my article was helpful, and I am eager to hear your feedback. Thanks. – Bhavin Gandhi.


Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Leadership


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2 responses to “Learn Leadership from the fundamentals of Physics

  1. Jim Martin

    September 23, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    This is so true. Being a technical person, I agree with what you have said completely. It is also true that how we react to our surroundings and actions of others is also critical to leadership. “Why” is always a good question to ask….no?
    Well done, Bhavin.

  2. Bhavin Gandhi

    September 23, 2010 at 4:36 PM


    Thanks for your comment. And you are spot on, “Why” is always the best question to ask.


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