Many technical experts stumble when they are moved into positions of leadership, especially when it comes to managing people. Many have moved into these positions as part of their career progression and not really by choice. Given the option, they may have liked to pursue a more technical career rather than a managerial one. They often lack self-confidence when it comes to managing as distinct from doing things themselves.
Some things that are said or written don’t lose value despite the passage of time. They continue to maintain their relevance and act as inspirations to others. One such is Mr. Narayana Murthy’s thoughts on “Leadership” which have been quoted ever so often. Narayana Murthy who founded Infosys and is today its Chairman and Chief Mentor is so well known that he needs no introduction. Recently, I once again read his thoughts on leadership in this article .
Barack Hussein Obama today became the President elect in line to be sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America. Although the margin of his win over the Republican nominee, John McCain, wasn’t too much in terms of the popular vote, he trounced his rival where it counted the most- in the Electoral College.
There are heaps of books on leadership. Check for definitions of leadership and you can spend the next few hours reading up tons of material. Since people look up to their supervisors and often behave as they do- let me put down what I believe isn’t leadership. Many young people beginning their careers unconsciously model themselves on their supervisors. If they have enlightened leaders as supervisors- that’s great and they will gain from that experience. But what if they don’t? Not everyone is that fortunate.
To many of us who grew up in the first thirty years of India’s independence, Sam Hormusji Framji Jamshedji Manekshaw was a major hero. We mourn his passing away at the ripe old age of 94. He was the Chief of Army Staff during the Indo-Pak War of 1971 and led India to its greatest military victory after Independence. This war resulted in the creation of a new nation- Bangla Desh.
We remember with pride how India won the Prudential World Cup by beating the mighty West Indies on June 25, 1983 – 25 years ago. Kapil Dev‘ s team were amongst the least fancied to win the tournament. Our performances in the previous World Cups in 1975 and 1979 had been nothing to write home about. The odds offered for India winning the championship were 66:1.
If you sat through the finals of the DLF Indian Premier League played at Mumbai yesterday, you would have got more than your money’s worth. Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural championship beating Chennai Super Kings in the last ball of the final over. Here is the score sheet.
At the outset of the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals were clearly the rank outsiders. Looking at their squad, many termed them the underdogs because they didn’t have the big names that many of their competitors had. Under the brilliant and inspirational leadership of Shane Warne, they won a huge proportion, 13 out of their 16 matches including the semi-finals and the finals to emerge the true champions.