In this cutthroat and competitive business environment it has become imperative for both
new and established organizations to be on top of their game. Staying constantly in top
form and delivering results requires the organization to have people in the management
with strong leadership skills. These people are even more important for companies that are
yet to make their mark in the market.
As part of our initiative we had conducted a roundtable on Leadership Attitude – to
understand and discuss what makes a good leader – one that people would willingly follow?
In response, our team came up with the following attitudes of a leader – that all those
aspiring to lead must imbibe and also pass on to their teams to ensure that their venture is
Know your worth – All successful people have a healthy self esteem and know what they
are worth. They neither take nor behave in an unacceptable manner with anyone. Amongst
all, this quality that gives rise to self belief and confidence in one’s ability is the most
A to-do list – To make sure that their day is productive, leaders plan to do the most
important work in the first two hours of the day i.e. they apply the Pareto principle – which
suggests that one must give importance to the 20% of the tasks that generate 80% of the
Clear work schedule and follow up – Leaders have a well prepared work schedule for all
the tasks that they want to achieve, they set clear deadlines for these tasks and regularly
follow up on it – approximately in four to six weeks.
Compulsory savings – Savings come in handy during those rainy days or ‘periods of
recession’ and are important both for individuals and organizations. Successful people
ensure that they compulsorily save at least 10% of their income every month.
Develop intuition – Successful leaders not only use the data and information available to
them but also their intuition – gut feeling, to make decisions. According to the book blink –
by Malcolm Gladwell, which is about rapid cognition – the rate of success for decisions taken
based on gut feeling or intuition is 60% and 40% for those decisions that are arrived at by
following a logical thought process.
Clear definition of success – Success is a very relative term. What one person considers
as successful may only be a small achievement or goal for another. Leaders have a clear
understanding of what success means to them.
Cultivate kindness – It is important that in a hurry to win this never ending race of
achievements we do not overlook the importance of or forget basic human qualities. All
successful people have a strong sense of empathy and they consciously practice kindness of
word and of deed. Along with this these people are trust worthy, act with integrity, are
approachable and most importantly they are likeable.
Take risks – Success is part dependent on our ability to take risks and work out of our
comfort zones. Opportunities often come disguised as risks, threats or challenges, which if
evaded have the capacity to become regrets. So, to avoid falling into the trap of ‘what if’
thinking and holding regrets– cultivate a habit of at least taking some calculated risks.
Practice meditation – All successful people practice the art of meditation. This technique
helps them keep calm and think clearly when faced with adverse or challenging situations.
Learn to apply the correct response to stress inducing situations – There are four
major reactions that occur in instances of perceived harm or attack – fight, flight, freeze, or
fawn. A successful person knows how to judge a situation and react according to it. For e.g.
if it can be fought – then stay and fight. If the situation is more powerful than you – then
retreating or flight response does not make you any weaker.
Know your personality type and that of your core team – For an organization to be
successful, it is important that the core team is made up of people with different core
strengths that complement each other. Leaders have the basic knowledge of personality
types and also the weakness and strength of each type. This knowledge helps them build a
strong and competitive team with a multitude of skills. They have also perfected or nearly
perfected the person-job fit in their organizations.
Ability to take tough decisions – This is one quality on which a lot of success is
dependent on. Leaders should be able to set aside their emotions and take decisions for the
larger good of their people and company.
Above par people skills – Leaders now that a lot of their success depends on how they
communicate with the people who work for them. They use respect and tact in all their
communication so as to ensure that no one goes away feeling hurt or humiliated. The best
leaders work on building relationships with the people who work for them by ensuring that
they now their names, a bit about their families and for the immediate team – their goals
and aspirations. These small pieces of information go a long way in building a strong and
The God complex – Leaders know that they are not shielded from failure. They do not let
their successes to get to their heads and develop a false sense of self or haughtiness.
They do not take rejection personally – Leaders know the rules of the game; they do
not take rejection from investors, market or the public personally. Instead they work harder
and smarter to acquire the required support.
Networking – Leaders are expert networkers – they spend adequate time on meeting and
cultivating relationships with people whom they would want to work with or those whom
they would like to do business with in the future.
They believe in Karma – What you sow is what you reap and what goes around comes
around – are the two mantras that leaders live by.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg called Leadership, but it’ll help to get a head start on
building the awesome team most organizations would wage a war for. Start with these and
build your own definitions and mantras to aid your journey in building a successful and
enduring venture. We’re always there to support.