The Paradigm of Indian Leadership

The land of colors, exotic silk sarees, wild tigers, incense sticks, curry spices, magnificent temples and bustling traffic. There is no other place on earth like it – India. This country has produced some of the world’s greatest talents in leading fields – sports, politics, business, etc. For all the wealth of intellect and leadership available in this nation of over a billion people, one would think that leadership training programs were just a formality in it’s corporate landscape. But surprisingly this is not the case.

The Paradigm of Indian Leadership

A recent poll showed that the gap between the skilled/expertise group and upcoming qualified graduates from every field was increasing dramatically. The next generation, despite passing from their respective fields in flying colors and as state toppers, were ill-equipped to step into the daunting world of leadership in India. Numerous culprits are to blame for this – the educational system, which mostly does not encourage independent thinking, the socio-economic status that tends to pre-determine one’s success potential and the lack of attention to emotional intelligence that one is raised with from early on in their homes. These circumstances tend to cripple otherwise talented individuals with potential from possibly thriving in the arena of executive leadership.

 

Corporations today have tapped into this glaring deficiency and have taken the initiative to start up leadership programs that focus on reversing the very circumstantial factors that limit these individuals. The Indian talent pool is brimming with confidence and screaming to be tapped into. These programs focus on training candidates to think on their feet and out of the box, to take risks by being bold and encouraging them to break out of the introverted and passive trappings of culture. Our Emotional Intelligence training and soft skills training is done with the     intent purpose of producing the next wave of leaders that this incredible country so desperately needs.

 

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Effective Leadership & Power of Choice – Voting

As India votes in the Lok Sabha Elections 2014, here are some important lessons about the way we as leaders can choose to view critical life situations.

An incident that happened today reminded me of a key principle that should be a part of every Leadership Training Program. I was on my way to exercise my right to vote for the Lok Sabha elections this morning, I met the Garbage Collector of our colony. He was earlier than usual. My neighbor asked him “Why so early today?” He replied. “Well, I have to go and cast my vote. So, I am finishing my responsibilities as early as I can so that I can go and vote.”

It made me proud to hear this. Around me today democracy is alive. It is displayed by empowered people exercising their right to vote. From neighbours to friends to colleagues and even domestic help. Almost everyone I have met today seemed thrilled to vote.

This reminded me of the amazing ‘Power of Choice’. While circumstances are often not in our control, we can choose our responses to them.

With a vote, we have the power to choose our future leaders.  Similarly, we have the power to choose our responses in a given situation. We may get criticized. We have the power to choose to let it bog us down or learn from it. We will face challenges. We have the choice of letting it deter us, or turning them into opportunities for growth. We will have situations that cause anger. We have the power to choose between ‘being angry’ and ‘channeling that anger’ into productive energy.

One of the most amazing gifts that we have is that we can choose our mindset in any given situation. An interesting example of this happened very recently in a training session I conducted. The session was being held on a Saturday, which was normally a ‘day off’ for the participants. Their collective energy was very low, at the start of the session. Most of them wore a look on their face that said ‘I would rather be somewhere else’. I knew I had to do something different.

I said “We have a choice. We can choose to brood about all the things we would rather be doing today. Or, we can acknowledge that we are here for learning and choose to make this a day where we enjoy ourselves and the process of learning that we have been given the opportunity to embark on.” Immediately, I saw a smile on all their faces. They had recognized that there is an opportunity for choice in the situation. I then asked, “Who is ready to take this learning journey with me today?” Everyone sat upright and put their hands up. There was an immediate shift in energy in the room and the rest of the session went well.

This is something that we focus on in Leadership development programs. This could also be an interesting talking point for Leadership training in India.

The power to choose is a blessing. India fought for its freedom to allow for its citizens to have the freedom of choice. Martin Luther King fought for equal voting rights for Americans from varied ethnic backgrounds. This power is not to be taken lightly. It comes with responsibility. Research the candidates, read the political party’s manifesto and then cast your vote. When making a choice to vote, make it an informed choice. Let us make a choice to have Effective Leadership.

“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” – Larry J. Sabato