The Millennial Leadership Series : How do you grow your leadership?


This is a question that I am frequently asked by the students of the two business schools where I am a visiting faculty. Knowing about my decades of corporate experience, they assume that I carry nuggets of experience based wisdom that can grow leadership. I do not have the heart to tell them that my so called “experience wisdom” seldom if at all played a role in my leadership initiatives. In fact if truth be told, my leadership situation most of the times was akin to, “I have no idea where I am going”.

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So how does one grow into great leadership?

Well for a start, one cannot think one’s way into great leadership.  It really comes down to putting our feet on the ground, being a “Do- er” under all situations, never mind the nay-sayers and doomsday prophets.  The essence really is “DOING”. We grow when we do things, as we tweak our path and approach intuitively.

Leadership is really about our impact on others. Many of us though confuse this with the great intentions that we hold.  But intentions, which is all about us, has little or no alignment with impact, which is all about others.  So how does one create this alignment? We do this by seeing our self through the eyes of those we serve. I like to see this as a kind of empathy working in reverse.

Literature is full of how empathy is an intrinsic part of great leadership.  Which is all about what we need to do with getting into the other person’s shoes and looking at a situation from his / her perspective. But how often do we think of allowing the other person to get into our shoes and providing a fresh perspective from our vantage point?

Feedback from others who watch our ability ( or otherwise!) to impact others is  really the fuel that can ignite our leadership transformation.

Ask the following questions of your team.

  • What did I do that led to a positive impact?
  • What did I do that negatively impacted the team’s initiative?
  • What Could I do better to encourage the team to perform?

 

………. In Learning

Shakti Ghosal

 

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Author: Shakti Ghosal

* A PCC Credentialed Leadership Coach. * A qualified engineer and a PGDM (Faculty Gold medalist) from IIM Bangalore. * More than three decades of industry experience spanning Engineering, Maintenance, Projects, Consumer durables, Supply Chains, Aviation and Tourism in the Gulf region and India. * Top level management positions to drive business development, strategy, alliances all around the globe. * A visiting faculty at the IIMs. *A passion to envision trends & disseminate Leadership incubation globally. * www.linkedin.com/in/Shaktighosal. shakti.ghosal@gmail.com . +91 - 9051787576

5 thoughts on “The Millennial Leadership Series : How do you grow your leadership?”

  1. Truly you speak of Millennial Leadership, Shakti. The old corporate ways simply do not work anymore. One needs the Beginner’s Mind you clearly possess. That bit of humility gets one further than a dozen pompous Ivy League schooled ‘leaders’ ever could. Aloha.

    1. Dear Bela,

      Great to see your comment.

      Not sure of the humility part you refer to though 🙂 My life experience has taught me one thing. At any point in time, whether at our work place or personal life, we really never know where we are going. What we remain saddled with is an intention. But as I have said in my post, that in itself does not create any leadership impact. So going forward, we have just two options. First, we can keep holding our intention and get it coloured with our fears, concerns and self doubts. Or secondly, we envision a future we desire and start aligning our self and others towards that. Which option we choose is left to us……..

      God bless.

      Shakti

      1. Well, if not humility – though I might stand by that one simply as an observer of your words, lo these past few years – Beginner’s Mind, then. An open mind to what we do not know. In that way, we are prime for discovery, and yes, a vision toward the future, even if not known. Alignment instead of separation. Collaboration over one-upmanship. Always desirable traits in leaders, at least to my mind.

        Blessings to you and yours, Shakti, always.
        Bela

    1. Thank you.

      Until and unless a concept can be changed into a set of action steps we need to take, it continues to remain a concept. And that is the reason I ended my post with the three questions.

      Appreciate your visit.

      Shakti

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