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A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on Leadership

A few days back I had a post on C.K.Prahalad’s views on Leadership. A few days back I read a article in the local India edition of Entrepreneur about Abdul Kalam’s views on a Leader, which are the following (extracted from here):

  1. Leader must have a vision.
  2. Leader must have a passion to transform the vision into action.
  3. The above two are same as knowing where to go & not lose the sheep. Of course, the execution part is equally important & difficult as the vision part.

  4. Leader must be able to travel into an unexplored path.
  5. Leader must have courage to take decisions.
  6. The above two are related, one needs to be courageous esp. when treading unchartered territory.

  7. Leader must know how to manage success and failure.
  8. Example that was quoted for this quality was: to take self-responsibility in the event of a failure and also to praise others for success and not oneself. I guess this comes from ones humility – same as follow and not be ahead sheep-dog rule.

  9. Leader should have Nobility in management.
  10. Noble meaning generous or magnanimous.

  11. Every action of the leader should be transparent.
  12. Leader must work with integrity and succeed with integrity.
  13. The above two are related, we know what happened to Satyam Computers – mainly because of not doing these two.

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