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The Smart Techie was renamed Siliconindia India Edition starting Feb 2012 to continue the nearly two decade track record of excellence of our US edition.

March - 2012 - issue > Leadership

The Common Sensical Leader

Rohit Bhuta
CEO-Religare Macquarie Private Wealth
Monday, March 5, 2012
Rohit Bhuta
There are enough and more articles, publications, university courses, seminars plus more covering the inherent nuances of what makes a good leader. Google search the word "leadership' and one will be inundated with a myriad of theories on what makes a good leader. Foresight and visionary aptitude, empathy, coaching and mentoring and integrity are all mentioned in one form or another.

Interestingly, technical ability does not even rate a token mention, perhaps because that is something that is taken as a given. But what of common sense? Common sense or street-smartness is the single most important pivotal criteria in the creation of a great leader.

Street-smart leadership

Obtaining technical knowledge, mastering a collection of facts and being taught what to do to solve complex problems, while a critical element, only provides one with factual information. There are enough and more sophisticated technology tools that provide a wealth of technical information.

"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit."
Obtaining an enquiring mind coupled with the know-how of how to process the data and putting it to effective use is common sense.

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