With the world cup going India’s way (three cheers to Team India), it is worthwhile to look back and draw some lessons in leadership from the Indian captain – MS Dhoni. What stood out through the tournament was his candour and courage. He did not hesitate to admit mistakes and that too in a country where cricket fans are to say the least fanatical. This transparency was impressive and took a lot of courage – am sure many will agree that this approach shows commitment and that the man had nothing to hide. Second, he was not afraid to take risks and displayed tremendous courage in standing by his decisions. On the day of the finals, he led from the front and made sure his team won the cup! All the cricketing greats have hailed him to be a true leader – am sure this will continue for some time.
However, let’s stop for a minute and understand that the same principles hold true for a business also. We have the recent example of the Nokia CEO publicly acknowledging their missteps. Now, that takes courage too. Businesses should learn to worry less about perceptions and do what is right for the company and keep moving towards their goals.
Anand Mahindra summed it up nicely in his tweet – This party MUST last more than a night-not the booze&fireworks,but the self-belief&desire to be the best. Thanks for the lesson,men in blue..