Profiles in Leadership . . .Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.” — Aristotle

Free school india

I recently came across a blog that I had to read several times because of its impact on me, and the images have stayed in my mind ever since.  The courage and commitment shown in this blog haunts me as I drive past schools here in London, with their large buildings, modern classrooms, clean play areas and up to date equipment.  In fact, I live next door to arguably the top private girls school in all of London, St. Paul’s School for Girls, which is a far contrast from this school in India.

Here is the blog: A free school in India under a bridge.  Thanks to Joe Seeber for this posting.

Leadership is all about finding a need and filling it in a way that uplifts others and provides lasting value.  ~ Thomas D. Willhite

These two men, Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra don’t just talk about the problem, they do something positive about it.  They run a free school for poor and ghetto children under a bridge in New Delhi, India and have done so for the past 3 years.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.  ~Nelson Mandela

Look at the intense concentration on these faces.  They want to be here, they want to learn, they have dreams of a better live and education is the way forward.  Not exactly the same look we find in most modern class rooms today.


It is plain old leadership that has provided this opportunity.  Two men, doing what they can, and doing what is right with the skills they have, are making a difference for these young people.

My mother, an English and Music teacher,  used to say, “Everyone deserves an opportunity to learn, because you never know which one of them will become the next Einstein.”  And I add, the next Mozart, the next Steve Jobs, the next Nelson Mandela, the next Marie Curie.  It is through the opportunity of education that such talents can be fully expressed.

Thank you Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra for your leadership.


Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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6 Responses to Profiles in Leadership . . .Rajesh Kumar Sharma and Laxmi Chandra

  1. Ashish says:

    in fact i live pretty close to the place but never got to knw abt it. I am going to meet both the gentlemen today in case i can extend any help. Wish me luck!


  2. Raunak says:

    wow….this is amazing!I’ll be heading there soon.


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