This is established fact since centuries that
leadership plays a key role in the success of any organization but with
time the requirements of a successful leader are also changing.
If we recollect how we as children behaved or were
treated by our parents 3-4 decades ago — there was Command and obey
relationship, there was no room for discussion in our society. But now
our children are like Friends they discuss, give opinion and do not
blindly follow what we as parents say. Most of today's parents accept
this and even our elders say this relationship of parents and children's
is better than of past.
This change in family environment teaches us to
change the definition of leader in business environment too. Their
should be consultation, delegation and monitoring by the leader.
As the Colleague reporting to a leader should be
allowed to express their opinion and should be encouraged to take
Today's successful leader should have following:
he is doing should know as today's colleagues are in a habit of asking
questions. Knowledge of work, rules, demography of the market , changes
in business with time in different situations. Only a Knowledgeable
Leader can be a good teacher of team, as each and every member
contributes in the success of any business/project.
he preaches as today's colleagues will ask questions or not close their
eyes like the past children. What ever we say will not have the desired
impact unless we practice this honestly. Why only some great cricketers
are considered to be leaders as they showed with their performance how
to put your best in the game.
should be a basic ingredient of a
leader. This ensures trust, facilitates open communcation of ideas,
issues and options among the team to achieve success. A leader who lies
can never have the confidence/support of team members and is counter
productive for business and the individuals. I think a lier can never be
for the self and others makes the
working environment more productive/innovative.
SHOULD BE GOOD LISTENER: this
seems not to be important but very important for a leader.
credit of success with Team and in case of failure should own it instead
of passing on to juniors.
A Leader should have the capability to know his
people's strengths and weakness to maximize their productivity and
improve their weak areas just like one will do for his own children.
This approach may sound Soft for some but in the long
run for the business to grow in numbers, repute, quality, profitability
a winner team with a Leader is essential.
Numbers have their own importance, people have their
own but it is the People with Human Qualities/numbers which make the
Current business decade is the era of
mergers/acquisition which seems to be ignoring the importance of
individual/person and thinking/calculating in terms of Numbers only. I
think in few years time the big business will go for de merging the
business. As in the current only numbers game business will be affected
and profits will decline after few years. Philip Kotler (marketing guru)
says that out of four P's of marketing its only the people who make the
difference. A combination of above mentioned qualities will make a
Leader and to be great leader one needs to be perfact to these
The writer is Head of Bio
Tech Products, Roche Pakistan Limited