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A.P.J.Abdul Kalam on Leadership

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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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C.K.Prahalad on Leadership Styles

October 23, 2009 2 comments

Today I got some time to look at C.K.Prahalad’s views on Leadership, since I have been wanting to read about his ideas on FBoP. But listening & viewing him was much more interesting! Leadership is about hope, change & future. Always analogies help people to understand better and he likens a leader to a sheepdog. The following are the three important points he mentions:

  • Bark & not bite: Consensus building and listening to dissent & being open to new ideas which are different & valuable. Listening to customer voices for co-creation.
  • Follow and not be ahead: Leading from behind with humility and not be arrogant.
  • Knowing where to go & not lose the sheep: Should have a point-of-view about the future and be able to articulate it.

Leaders of future should have moral authority & not hierarchical authority: Gandhi Vs General George Patten styles. Gandhi was never dogmatic, autocratic but willing to changing his views. To him, means are as imp. as ends or goals and had clear values. But Patten used hierarchical leadership as a way of demonstrating credibility.

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