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Successful Leadership Fundamentals in Global Economy

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 12 August 2011, 04:39 Hrs   |    3 Comments
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Bangalore: The world has definitely changed in the last two decades. Businesses are truly global and are increasingly driven by technology. Technology itself is emerging at a pace faster than most people can keep up with. However, the role of a leader has not changed in terms of business outcomes. The leader is still accountable for business growth and for increasing the value of assets in the business.

So, how does one become a successful leader with so much change happening at a fast pace around the business? I share with you my experience and the fundamentals that allowed me to be successful as a scientific, technology and business leader in emerging technology companies. I share this with the aim; that it can benefit those who are aspiring to build their leadership talent and career.

The first and foremost fundamental is to believe in your self. For example, if you want to be respected by others, one has to learn to respect self first. Any inferiority or superiority complex (ISC) will create self-doubt and affect your ability to think objectively. This is also the starting point of falling down in your own eyes and in the view of your peers and reports. One can build this confidence by believing in strong values that you inherited or acquired. For me personally, I strongly believe in honest communication. In the long term this attribute will be rewarding but in the short term it can cause stress and conflict with peers and other reports. The conflict mainly arises with people who are ignorant about what they talking about due to their own ISC. You as leader need to be able to filter such people and their reaction, so you can work with them using some of the fundamental techniques discussed below.

All the other fundamentals of success can be grouped under five major topics, abbreviated as KARMA. So, what is the KARMA? KARMA in any realm of life refers to unattached actions; a perfectionist approach without the entanglement of negativistic human tendencies. KARMA in the realm of leadership is described as:

* Knowledge
* Agility
* Resilience
* Mentoring
* Accolades

Knowledge is fundamental to a leader's success. Knowing your-self is the first thing. Then, knowing that the human mind has infinite potential will allow you gain knowledge about any topic, business etc. As a leader one needs to train oneself to gain knowledge of the business, the technology and the organization. As one moves from industry to industry, or different functional groups within the organization, gaining knowledge of the area, the functions and the growth potential is needed to succeed in the new role. As a leader for a new organization, one cannot possibly know enough, or be in enough places, to understand everything happening inside and outside your organization. But one can actively collect information from fragmented data and then synthesize that into knowledge by leveraging the infinite potential of your mind. Similarly, the infinite potential permits you develop kaleidoscope thinking. Kaleidoscope thinking allows you to construct patterns from a broken data, and then manipulate them to form different set of patterns. A problem can have many solutions, and Kaleidoscope thinking can help one to see the solutions through different lenses and help resolve the problem, efficiently and effectively.

Agility in leadership in current uncertain times is important for the success. As a leader you need to be agile with yourself, your stakeholders, your environments and business strategy. Self-agility, your utmost desire to keep things moving in the right direction enables you to develop the leadership skills that you want and adapt the skills to the ever-changing environment. In my personal journey, this self-agility allowed me to be successful as a scientist, technologist and a business executive. The ability to learn new dimensions and leverage the knowledge from previous fields allowed me to successfully navigate new fields.

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