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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Air Asia QZ8501

It is truly disturbing that 3 major air crashes occurred in 2014. All of them involved airlines based in Malaysia. It has been a very bad year for travel in the region. Air travel has become affordable and more people have the opportunity to travel and experience different places. Events like this are huge setbacks. The only thing we can do is pray for the survivors and hope they find the strength to get through their loss.

The good thing to emerge from the latest Air Asia crisis is the leadership of Tony Fernandes. He has demonstrated what it takes to be a great leader, been accountable and supported the victims to the best of his abilities. That is what a good leader is all about.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

MS Dhoni Retires

MS Dhoni - one of India's most successful cricket captains - decided to retire from Test cricket yesterday. Not many people expected him to achieve great things when he first played for India some 9 years ago. But, Dhoni not only proved his critics wrong as an individual but showed quickly that he excelled as a leader too. He led his team from the front, showing what grit, courage and sheer determination could achieve.

Several highly talented individuals played under his captaincy and he made the best use of the resources available to him. India reached the number 1 ranking under him and won the elusive world cup for the first time in 28 years.

A young man from a small town had big dreams and boy did he go on to achieve all of them. He walked away from one of the most demanding formats of sport with very little noise but only after having achieved something really huge. Dhoni demonstrated all the qualities of a great leader and showed what a good leader could achieve.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Leadership

Leadership is hard. It comes naturally to some, others have to work for it. Either way very few really grasp the essence of it well enough to do a good job of it. What it really comes down to is a few things that a leader needs to understand and get it right.

The Right Team

You got it right. Without a team, there is no leader. There have been some great leaders through history but each and every one of the has had a great team working with them. A team that brings in different talents and contributes to make the team a great one. If there are people on the team who do not believe in the common goal they would probably be better off in a different place or a different cause that motivates and inspires them to perform better. Pick the right team and a big part of the leader's job is done. If you dont have the right team, have the courage to make the necessary changes to get the composition right. But do take the time to speak to the team members to find out what they need and how their contributions to the team can be improved.


Communication

Great leaders are invariably great communicators. Some leaders are vocal, others choose to be more subtle in their communication styles. Some leaders show by example, others choose to guide their team to better performances. Teams need to know what their objectives are and what they must do individually as well as collectively to achieve the objectives. Teams today are geographically spread out and some members may be far away physically and in different time zones. It is critical to the leader to develop a style and frequency of communication that does not compromise any part of their teams. Increase the contributions from the outside areas of the team will make the difference between success and failure of teams and leaders.


Value

People love bringing value to their lives and into the lives of others. The social media age allows us to celebrate our achievements and share them with our friends. Everyone has the opportunity to showcase their work and get satisfaction, recognition and exposure out of it. Leaders need to examine the work of the team and why they are doing it. If the reasons for doing the work are the right ones to start with, the easier it is to inspire people to excel in their roles. What it comes down to is every activity from software development to building roads is for the benefit of people. The work needs to be able to allow people to connect with each other and perform their daily activities with ease and comfort. Get the right values into the purpose of the team and the team will go beyond its capabilities to get the results. This makes leading the team that much easier.

Teams can achieve a lot of they are guided well, given clear objectives and given an opportunity to work with like minded people. Leaders need to pay attention to all of these areas in order to guide their teams to success.


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