Developing effective leadership qualities through sports

Coaching junior cricket Younger leaders can effectively develop leadership qualities through sports.  Spending time learning, practicing and then executing your skills in a team game against a committed opposition helps build effective leadership qualities in oneself. I have been blessed to have played cricket for more than 20 years and that too competitively.  I have no hesitation …

Influencing others’ behavior – the Pygmalion Effect

Two different styles The Pygmalion Effect comes from a branch of psychology, called Positive Psychology and essentially deals with expectation laid upon people.  The concept can be used in influencing others’ behavior by changing your own. In simple terms, the higher the expectation from students, the better their performance. Teachers, by changing their behavior towards …

Influencing others’ behavior by changing yours

Influence others A very important “collaborative” skillset to have is to ensure successful outcomes when you engage with people.   Effective leaders are skilled at influencing others’ behavior by changing their own.  This skill can be learned and practiced.  I have done it and so can you. When I worked for State Bank of India more …

Leadership Qualities – Communication – Emailing with Impact

Email Emails are a very fast, cheap and universally accepted mode of communication.  As you work with and lead teams you will find yourself using emails more and more.  Writing professional, effective and impactful emails is a valuable skill to have. Recently, I was one amongst four managers who got an email with a voicemail …

Effective Leadership Qualities – Measuring Yourself

Glass half full There are no standardized tests to measure others’ perception of your behavior, personality and people engagement skills.  Unfortunately, it is their perception that dictates how people will engage with you.  Measuring yourself or understanding your qualities in the eyes of those around you is very complex. If you can somehow know what …

Effective Leadership Qualities – Overpreparation

Respect Experience It is my great pleasure to bring you this insightful discussion with Karan Verma.  Very recently, Karan joined Amazon’s strategy group breasting the tape ahead of a lot of very smart and tough competition.  Not only was Karan selected by one of the 20 most difficult companies for interviews, but he also graduated …

How to become really effective – manage the important tasks!

Important note Effective leaders must be able to manage their tasks and time efficiently.  Not only should they plan their tasks well ahead of time, they should also be able to select the right tasks and prioritize them effectively.  More importantly, they should be able to decide which tasks are to be avoided. Consider the …