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Question: In the path of Krsna consciousness how important is it to be a leader and develop leadership qualities?

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Jayapataka Swami: Being a leader is one of the services. If someone has a leadership capacity that could be a service, but Lord Caitanya said that the weed in the devotional service is to have desire for position and that is called pratista asha. So one should want to serve and that service may be in a leadership position or maybe in another position. I was asked to be the temple president two or three weeks after my initiation. I asked Srila Prabhupada ‘I am a very young devotee and I am very young, physically, only 19 years old, so how can I be a temple president?’ So Srila Prabhupada told me, ‘don’t be body conscious, you have to do your service.’ Maybe that we are asked to take some leadership role or maybe we are asked to do some other service, it is not particularly essential that we have to be in a leadership role. If someone has that natural quality then they may be given that service or they may be given some other service. We always want to do service, whatever position.