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Why is leadership not about you?

November 21, 2017 in Leadership

Team and mountain
In a world full of inaction, overpromising and under-delivering, demand for leaders is on the rise. A Leader is expected to lead the followers towards a solution, an objective & a goal. But has the mainstream thinking about ‘manifesting a vision’ and ‘making a mark on the ground’, reduced leadership to a mere utility or a skill? This post will investigate what leadership is, what it has become and why it is not just about you?

Leadership has many faces by definition. A politician, an inventor, an army officer or an entrepreneur proudly wears the ‘medal’ of leadership as defined by prevalent opinion. It seems that any paradigm that demands transformation or uplifting of a situation calls for ‘leadership’. Take any corporate, political, entrepreneurial or social scenario and you will know what I am talking about. Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk are some prominent examples of leaders from various domains of our civilization.

But it is evident that the definition of leadership has dramatically changed and has been reduced to a skill set that can be learned as a ‘course’. The dominant view of leadership is seen as ‘selling vision’ to people or followers. However, it is not all about your knowledge, talent and influential abilities. It is all about a few core principles of social-dynamics and how humans function in real life.

Once you are a ‘people’s person’, say a manager, coach, captain, etc. you cease being an individual. Now, it is not about your individual achievements, talents & qualities, it is about the people who you work with. Remember, you are not here to ‘sell’ yourself. A true leader follows the principle of encouragement, helping all his/her teammates, members or employees stay motivated. As a leader, you are responsible for providing unbiased feedback to your team, helping them grow personally & professionally.

Another principle that true leaders follow is positivity. An employee or a team member must be acknowledged and rewarded for their contribution & victories. This forces positive feedback and hey! Who does not like confidence projecting people in the organization? Also, one must remember not being too harsh on them for any professional mistake. As their manager, enable them to see what went wrong and how they could have done it in a correct & efficient manner. You will love seeing them grow with you.

Keeping in mind the goals, as a leader you might have to take tough calls sometimes. Warning an employee of repeated negative behavior or maybe firing him or her are two of them. Vision oriented mindset is, therefore, another quality of a leader. Remember, you are here to build an effective team and any unsuitable person must be directed to a position that suits them.

In this fast growing world of complexities, a single soul cannot accomplish big goals alone. Therefore, the art of handling and coaching people will carve you into an effective person of authority. Your people’s failures are your failures and their victories are your victories.

How to spot a great leader in your team?

October 30, 2017 in Careers, Leadership

Successful leader

A team works proficiently and effectively if it is headed by a good leader. He is the one who ensures that the work is divided and aligned within the team in such a way that the outcome is substantial. A leader must possess various qualities such as confidence, transparency, passion, patience, generousness & persistence to name a few. A good leader can unite a team and produce excellent results whereas a deficient one can dissipate the effectiveness of its members. Challenging part lies in choosing the best leader for the team. It is a gruesome task and thus needs great supervision and experience to choose the right one.

In order to spot a good leader within the team, it is important for you to be well acquainted with each member effectively. You have to be well aware of the personal & professional approach of all individuals. The deserving candidates should be shortlisted based on their performance, tenure, and expertise in the domain. Experience is an important factor which you must take into consideration while shortlisting the deserving candidates.

Furthermore, qualifications, undertaken projects, yearly performance and contributions to the organization are some of the other areas of concern while judging the individuals. You may conduct a written test to judge the efficacy of the candidates and precede it with a one-on-one discussion. This will help you to get an insight of the thought process of the individuals about this role. Depending on the individual performance and discussions you can choose the right leader. Most deserving one should be given the chance to lead the team and take it to a higher level.

The chosen one should possess a good relationship with other team members as well. A team player should be able to accept the challenges and meet the deadlines on time. He should be able to manage the team effectively without sounding offensive & biased. A person with go-getter attitude and team management skills fits the best for a leadership role.

Some of the other qualities that a good leader must possess include:

  • Problem solver

  • Motivator

  • Task organizer

  • Passionate

  • Visionary

  • Optimistic

  • Energetic

  • Punctual

  • Generous

Do not take the decision in haste and consider the vital factors while selecting the leader of your team. Choosing the right individual will offer good results to the company. It is surely a daunting task but it will yield excellent results in the future.


How to Train Yourself to be More Creative?

September 25, 2017 in Careers, Knowledge Cell, Leadership

How to improve creativity

Many people believe that creativity is an inherent skill that comes with genetics. While it is true that some people are naturally more creative than others, it is also important to note that the creativity can be improved substantially. Like anything else in life, it can be learned, practiced and transformed over time.

Following are some tips that can help you become more creative and enable you to think out of the box naturally:

Treat Creativity as a Skill

Rethink creativity as a skill and not just as a natural ability. Like any other skill, you can improve creativity by continuous practice. To develop a skill, you need to perform some actions repeatedly and evaluate your performance. Once you spot the gap, it is easy to bridge the same.

Similarly, to improve creativity, you need to take the following actions regularly:

Become an Explainer

Try to explain things to yourself. Become an explainer and try to internalize complex situations and explain the same in a layman’s language. If you do it continuously for some time, you will realize that the same situation can be seen through various perspectives. It will open up your thought process and enable you to analyze things keeping in mind a full range of options.

Practice Openness

Don’t protect yourself just because you fear that you may be wrong or others will steal your idea. Express yourself and speak up your mind. Open yourself to new ideas, thoughts, concepts, and experiences. Don’t resist change. Do experiments even if they fail. Monitor your reactions to stressful situations. Think retrospectively, how you could have reacted more creatively.

After doing it continuously for some time, you will see a dramatic improvement in the way you approach new problems.

Ask Questions

It may seem to be a straightforward exercise. However, not many people are comfortable asking obvious questions. So they tend to make a lot of assumptions which hampers creativity.  Asking questions to yourself and others will boost your memory as well as knowledge. As humans, we understand or know a lot of stuff. But, if we don’t practice to use that information, it creates a dull mind. Don’t go to Google the moment you need information. First, ask yourself, think various dimensions of the topic and guess an answer before looking for the same on Google.

Practice Creativity

Indulge yourself in some creative activities such as graphic designing, public speaking, content writing, or anything which make you uncomfortable. It lets you think beyond the daily routine.


Creativity is a mental skill. Thus, to improve creativity, you need to train your mind. Try the tips mentioned above and maintain consistency and you will feel that you are becoming more creative with time.

Use the Concept of Servant Leadership to Boost Business and Win Hearts

September 19, 2017 in Leadership

Servant Leadership

Leadership is one the most discussed topics in the business world. However, it is still one of the most unexplored territories. You study 100 great leaders, and you may come up with thousands of different traits and leadership styles that differentiate each of them. Each leadership style has some pros and cons. A leader can display different leadership styles in different contexts and situations. Servant leadership is one style that fits into almost every context. A servant leader is one who serves first. Servant leaders are a servant first, and they have a natural instinct to help.

Servant leadership style can not only boost your business but also wins the heart of your employees and clients alike.

This is how you can use the concept of servant leadership to boost your business

Invest in Your Team

Do you want better performance and higher productivity from your team members? Invest in their skills. Serve them and help them overcome challenges which hamper their performance. Spend quality time with them. Talk about things not related to work and show that you care for them. It will not only boost their performance, but you may be surprised to know how much your time and attention matters to them.

Don’t Put Restrictions

As an entrepreneur, you may have to clean your office or even toilet. Do it. Don’t let your ego come in the way of serving others. Don’t put restrictions. Go with the flow and do whatever it takes to maintain an excellent and congenial work culture.

Motivate Others to Serve

Let others know about your attitude to help others. Your people should know that you genuinely care for them. You must have heard this famous quote “They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” It is important for your organization that you show others the path they should follow. Inspire others to serve. Not only your employees but also your clients should get inspired by your attitude to help others. Remember that many people want to help others succeed. But they need people like you to show them how to do it without being used.


Servant leadership not only helps in startups or small businesses but it can also transform how managers in large corporations handle their team. It is more about inspiring others to take action and leading by example. Of course, you should adopt this style only when you have a natural instinct to serve. Else, it will not be sustainable in the long run.

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