A lot of our initiatives are slowly yielding dividends and with my gut intuition if everything’s well we might need to expand our team drastically…
For now we are well placed in filling slots with freshers but with experienced we really slog it out… If things catch up we might have to triple our operations team size…
But such a drastic growth will create a huge imbalance until we start working on our people’s leadership skills… We must even work hard with our existing leaders to enhance their skills…
So, what is it that is expected out of a LEADER???
- Must be a risk taker….
- Must be a decision maker and take hard decisions during tough situations…
- Must be communicative with his team, managers, client and support departments…
- Love failure and must quickly take lessons and fix them or take control over situation…
- Good in team building…
- Speed in executing new things, in learning…
- Ability to take control over situations…
- Must be a good Learner…
It is time to look for talents who has the zeal to become a leader… From then have a herculian task in the training process and am expecting the support of my HR to make things a success…
(Mr A)- He had frenship with bad politicians, consults astrologers,2 wives,chain smoker,drinks 8 to 10 a day.
(Mr B)- He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps till noon, used opium in college n drinks whiskey every evening.
(Mr C)- He is a decorated war hero, a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer n never cheated on his wife.
most of us want C to be the leader.
A is Franklin Roosevelt
B is Winston churchill
C is Hitler!
Last two week Iâ€™ve been working with my Project Managers to understand;
Why there are slippages in delivery?
What they are unable to keep up to the commitments?
After throwing those two questionsâ€¦ They immediately wanted to defend them and came with many explanations and at last they explained their working process and their challenges… What I got from them took me by surprise and these are issues with them;
The third point took me by surprise and shockâ€¦ But I forgot to understand the cultural valuesâ€¦ In Hinduism Karma means getting back the bad deeds we do and mostly it is believed that we will get it back or our children will be affectedâ€¦
Iâ€™m sure by conducting workshops I can help them to over first two blocks; but Iâ€™m not sure how I can make them understand / realize that cultural values are different from professional valuesâ€¦
Then I remembered a scene from Tony Jhaaâ€™s movie where his mentor will tell him that â€œKilling and being merciless is the last trait of a leaderâ€â€¦ Likewise I had to explain them that knowingly or unknowingly there is a culture created in IT and we have to be demanding and strict to be competitiveâ€¦
I donâ€™t know how far I can succeed in making them understand the difference between Cultural Values & Professional Valuesâ€¦ If any of you have come across such challenge and if you have any solution please share it hereâ€¦
So, Iâ€™m preparing a presentation for my leaders with example for them to overcome the challenges / blocks they have in the pursuit of becoming a leaderâ€¦ And my presenting will be mostly covering;
- Communication which is very much important for their first challengeâ€¦
- How excellent leaders challenged themselves and their peers to gain excellenceâ€¦
- Collecting clips from leaders to show them why they are successful as leaderâ€¦ Also explaining them about what Democratic, Autocratic & Laissez Faire leadership traits areâ€¦
And let me see how they understand it and transformâ€¦