Leadership Profile of Deepak Chopra

Servant-leader and transformational leadership models will be the lens through which this study will examine Dry. Copra’s leadership style. This paper will analyze the leadership effectiveness of Dry. Copra 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 Dry.

Deeper Copra, popularly acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest leaders in the field of alternative declined and unified consciousness. It was during the years I worked for a fortune 100 company in the US, that was drawn to Dry. Copra’s teachings. This period in my life was primarily marked by complete dissatisfaction at work, as there was a sole demand to find ways to be more productive, to meet or exceed the bottom-line, to the exclusion of everything else. Being in this pressured environment drew me to critically examine all concepts that I had upheld, and to find out what actually wanted from life.

These questions lead me to one of Deep’s workshops. At the end of this remarkable lecture, there was a clear sense of the tremendous usability, to flow with life, without being consumed by thoughts of what each event in life should “be” or “bring”. So, this knowledge helped me at that crucial time, to resolve the dilemma of staying in the job, and has subsequently opened up infinite pathways to align with it in my everyday life. Brief Biographical Details Deeper Copra was born in Pomona India in 1947. He was the eldest son of Krishna Copra, a prominent cardiologist.

With his father being a doctor, Deeper Copra was raised in the tradition of Western Medicine. Dry. Copra is a board certified physician and has received the Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Einstein Award and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is one of the world’s best known healers and alternative medicine advocates and the self-help books he writes is widely read and 10 million copies of his books have been sold in English alone. Time Magazine (June 1999) calls Dry. Deeper Copra as one of the top 1 00 heroes and icons of the century, and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine. Leadership Models Chosen Servant Leadership model (Robert K Greengage): ј Servant leadership becomes apparent in people, whose primary motivation is a deep desire to help others. C] There are 10 characteristics realized as central to the effectiveness of servant- leaders. These are skills in the areas of listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, building community and commitment to the growth of people. C] The basic governing principles of Servant Leadership are TOT Live’, To Love’, TOT Learn’ & E] To Leave a Legacy’.

The tests of servant leadership are whether those served grow as people, whether they become wiser and more autonomous during the process, and what the effect is on the least privileged in society. Transformational Leadership model (Burns): C] Transformational leaders aim to change the status cool, which is achieved by “appealing to the followers’ values and sense of higher purpose, reframing issues to align with the leader’s vision and followers’ values and operating at a higher level of moral development than their followers”.

Transformational leaders 2 are charismatic, practice inspirational leadership, provide intellectual stimulation and demonstrate individual consideration. C] Per Burns, these behaviors have to take place within a specific value system, as transformational leadership is not simply about change for the sake of change, UT that which includes motivating followers by appealing to their end values. Why these Models? As can be seen from reading the detailed profile and analysis, Dry.

Copra embodies the key aspects of desiring to serve with an aim to change the status quo, which are the core values sought in the servant-leadership and transformational models respectively. Detailed Profile Early Mentors (from Dry. Copra’s autobiography): My most important mentors were my parents. My father was a very prominent physician and cardiologist. Once a week he would see patients free of charge for charity. And patients would come from all over the country, actually, to see him, on trains and buses. My mother would cook food for them and pay their bus fare and train fare.

And my little brother and I would escort the patients in to see my father, who would not only write the prescriptions, but pay for the medicines for them as well. And at the end of the day, my parents would sit with me and explain what had happened during the day. And the moral of the lesson always was that if you want to be happy, then you have to make somebody else happy. I grew up with this notion that you must always have somebody in your fife that you can trust, that you can confide in, that you can seek advice from, and that you can learn skills from.

And the best skills come not in school, they come from the people that you’re close to, that care about you, that you care about. At one point in time, I have three, or four, or five people that I am acting as a mentor for. And I listen to them mostly. I listen to what’s going on in their life, what’s going on with their friendships, in their relationships. To be a mentor you need to understand what’s going on in a young person’s life and you just want to have an internal dialogue that says, “How can I help? Because I really care. ” Early impressions on leadership (from Dry.

Copra’s autobiography): Dry. Copra indicates that he first appreciated the true power of a leader when he was a boy and Charlatan 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 Copra’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 Copra asked his mother. Her reply: “It represented the soul of India.

Copra observed that Nehru, and by extension the flower, “was the deepest representation of a collective aspiration D yearning to be more than what they were. ” In that moment, Copra 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, Dry. Copra 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 Deeper was forced to deal with. The hours were very demanding leaving very little time for his wife and two children. He found himself addicted to coffee and smoking several packs of cigarettes a day to help deal with the high stress.

He writes “These issues raised critical doubts in my mind of whether patients actually benefit from my treatment and f modern medicine really had all the answers”. Initiation into Arrived and Transcendental Meditation: These doubts led him to an in depth study and resurrection of Arrived principles, the ancient science of healing from India. Dry. Copra realized that Arrived was a system of health care that actually treated the whole person. Its guiding principle is that the mind exerts the deepest influence on the body, and focuses on a principle of perfect health and happiness rather than a mere absence of disease.

He was also fortunate to meet with Dry. Brattiest Dive Turning, who would become a major influence in his life. Dry. Turning spoke with Deeper and encouraged him to begin practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM) and spend more time with his family. TM is a “meditation process that leads to deeper relaxation” (Barker). Journey of Personal and Social Transformation: As Dry Copra began to practice these methods and transform his life around, he alongside helped synthesize an “alternative” system of basic tenets that includes mind-body medicine, meditation and Quantum Healing.

Above all, this new system fosters individual’s self-knowledge to finding health, happiness and fulfillment in all aspects of life. Through these initiatives, he also came to be widely credited with melding modern theories of quantum physics with the timeless wisdom of ancient cultures. It also brought a lot of criticism from his former colleagues, doctors and the general industry who abhorred his attempts to include ancient medicinal methods into a mainstream culture as medical fraud. Arrived and eastern tradition of meditation (TM) became his source of inspiration and healing.

He was slowly emerging as a path-breaking visionary amongst his fellow practitioners, in a culture which maintained a skeptical view f Hindu traditions apparent in Dry Copra’s teachings. In 1985, Deeper started a new chapter in his life, becoming the founding president of the American Association for Arrived Medicine. However, this was just the beginning of Copra’s interest in Eastern medicine. Dry. Copra can be best described as having synergies the modern medical science, and the ancient systems of meditation and Arrived healing. The modest attempt has created a respect for both forms of treatment.

His ability to reach out to others and establish a place of healing and teaching of his radical ideas to transform individual consciousness has drawn a large group of followers and supporters from all walks of society. He has been published on every continent and in a dozen languages. In conjunction with a popular American public television channel PBS, he has produced a number of TV and video programs. Among them are Body, Mind and Soul: The Mystery and the Magic, one of the most highly- viewed and successful fundraisers in the history of the network.

Vision: Dry Copra’s vision becomes apparent in this quote from Tune Reader in response to a question asking what exciting prospects for the future obsess him: “I’m obsessed with the infinite possibilities hat are contained within the human potential, that the human being is literally a field of pure potentiality. I am fascinated by the fact that almost everything we see around us, from fax machines to jet planes, is literally a manifestation of human consciousness. And yet, with all this amazing potential, most humans are not happy.

Therefore, I am obsessed with the idea of helping to unfold the full range of human potential and self-knowledge. I want to make it available to as many people as possible and I want a day to come when the study of self- knowledge becomes an integral part of the educational system… Hen perhaps we will see a world of peace, harmony, laughter, and love. ” Sources: Books: Web Links: Copra, D. (1989) Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine. New York, New York: Bantam Books Barker, Jason. (2000) Deeper Copra. Http://www. Watchman. Rag/profile/chaperon. HTML Copra, D. (1988) Return of the Irish Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Muffling company Carroll, Robert Todd. Arrived Medicine and Deeper Copra. Http://www. Skeptic. Com/arrived. HTML Gardner, H. (1993). Creating Minds. New York: Harper Collins. Redbrick, Daffy, (2000) Hail Emperor. Dementia http://www. Time. Mom/time/Asia/features/interviews/nit. Copra. HTML Excerpts from Dry Copra’s Wharton Lecture series 2004 : Thought Leader s-A Deeper View of Leadership Eschewing, Richard (2001) Deeper Looks Deeper http://www. Hoper. Com/article. Asp? Program=general&id=7 Wheeler, Thomas, M. D. Deeper Copra and Maharanis Arrived Medicine. Http://www. Trance. Org/Copra/news/nacho. SHTML Analysis of the Leadership styles: “O body swayed to music. O brightening glance, How can we know the dancer from the dance? ” (William Butler Yeats) In tracing the impressions from the formative years of his life, it is clearly evident hat Dry Copra demonstrates leadership effectiveness from the perspectives of servant-leader and transformational models.

This is further confirmed by the following analysis and observations: Servant Leadership: “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in all hearts. ” Paranormals Hoagland (Indian Saint and Philosopher) Dry. Copra’s recollections about his mentors help us understand how it laid a strong foundation to living his life in the service of others. In particular, it brings forth his leadership traits of listening, empathy, foresight and stewardship that re critical characteristics of the servant leader (Larry C.

Spears). The insight Dry. Copra gathered from the leadership incident, and how it nurtured his approach to leadership affirms the remarkable awareness, conceptualization and foresight he possessed from a young age. The following introductory note in one of his popular works “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind” further confirms this point: In this book, he discusses how awareness – or lack of it – affects the physical symptoms of aging, and guides his readers to understand and apply the benefits of his research. Copra builds an authoritative base using studies done in Harvard, Duke, and Stanford that shows that mental, social, and intellectual activity can keep people vital and alert as they age. But because many of us adopt poor models for aging, we blindly accept the idea that getting old means pain, intellectual decay, and inactivity. Dry. Copra suggests that bringing attention or awareness to areas of discomfort is the first step to changing problems, and offers a step by step routine to make one or more of those changes”.

Although Dry. Copra was a successful modern doctor, the general limitations that this system of medicine imposed in serving the physical and emotional well being n himself and his patients presented moral issues to which he was not prepared to acquiesce. His inquiry and subsequent response to this situation brings out the extraordinary awareness, empathy, commitment and healing qualities he embodied, and went well beyond the professional obligations he had to discharge as a doctor.

The snippet below from his book “Journey into Healing” further strengthens this argument: During one of his early visits to India Dry Copra wrote, “l did not learn a lot about Arrived in Rampage. I learned a lot however, about what medical care has to be. It has to suit the people a doctor cares for. It has to agree with their temperaments and what they expect from life. It must be affordable and humane and it must work. ” The medical fraternity that had long established a strong and hugely profitable foundation of practices was not supportive of his attempts to popularize “alternative methods.

It took great amounts of persuasion to introduce an entirely new idea, and, especially in the field of medicine, in that culture. The following article illustrates one of the numerous controversies Dry. Copra encountered in those early years: 0 Copra was at the center of controversy in 991 , when JAM (Journal of American Medical Association) published an article entitled,” Letter From New Delhi: Maharanis Awry-Veda: Modern Insights into Ancient Medicine,” by Hair Sahara, Brattiest Dive Turning, and Copra.

The medical community responded negatively to the article by citing the lack of empirical evidence concerning the long term benefits of transcendental meditation. “When asked if he would agree to a test of these claims made in JAM using a blinded protocol, Copra declined on the grounds that a blinded experiment would “eliminate the most crucial component of the experiment, which is consciousness. ” The medical community was not amused. Source: Isoclinic, A. A. 1991. “Medical News and Perspectives. “. In his quest for personal transformation and fulfillment, Dry.

Copra does not overlook the greater need for transforming the community at large. His abiding interest to seek out and popularize viable alternatives to mainstream medicine bears remarkable testament to his creative genius, and to the heightened level of commitment and foresight he has for building community. Dry. Copra has helped people approach and find enduring solutions to life’s challenges. The overwhelming popularity of is self-help books and the free workshops (meditation and healing) suggests to the personal benefits that continue to accrue in this growing populace.

Some of the largest health care providers (Sharp Healthcare, San Diego) in the U. S with revenues in excess of a billions dollars have begun to successfully administer major new programs in mind-body medicine, based on Copra’s researches. Sharp’s coronary care unit uses Copra’s relaxation techniques for preventive treatment of cardiac irregularities. The cancer patients are given arrived treatments to eliminate the side effects of chemotherapy and reduce he length of their hospital stay.

Oscar Arias, President of Costa Rica, and Nobel Peace Laureate writes, “Spiritual health and moral responsibility are two of the most precious gifts that any leader can offer. Few thinkers have done as much as Deeper Copra to allow millions to embrace the project of personal and social transformation. ” However, it is difficult to fully qualify the leadership abilities of visionaries like Dry. Copra by administering certain tests. The deeper essence of his life and work envisions a subjective and personal transformation, whereas the tests are Rowley designed to measure only a set of supposedly desirable outcomes.

Transformational Leadership: “Man’s mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. ” Oliver Wendell Holmes Dry. Copra is eminently successful in bringing heightened awareness (“change the status quo” 1) to a biased medical fraternity, to adopt the overriding benefits of alternative approaches to perfect health and happiness. The medical lobby fiercely resisted his attempts, as they feared losing out on moral, ethical and financial grounds. Through a clear articulation of his vision, selfless dedication o the cause and by expounding the critical shortcomings in modern medicine, Dry.

Copra has effectively persuaded a highly regulated industry to look beyond self interests, to unlock the vast potential for human transformation. Dry . Copra singularly reflects all the other transformational leadership qualities 2 through his vision, characteristics as a servant-leader, and the deeper appreciation he has to serve and uplift the human spirit. Conclusion: The governing principles and characteristics of these leadership frameworks can be applied particularly to visionary leaders like Dry. Copra, to gather evidence of whether or how, and to what extent these concepts are observed to work in their own life.