by K K Sinha, Ajay Soni, Indranil Mitra
Leaders, who only live in the present and respond to its special pressures and demands, would fail to achieve quality of leadership and the change required in the future. In today’s digital age of the millennial, transparency and social awareness have to be the cornerstones of any organization. Leaders and their HR need to align their current values accordingly. Some fundamentals like truth, humility, courage, energy, edge, equity, social justice will have to be brought back into the organization leadership DNA.All of us are aware about the spurt in leadership development activities in India over the recent years. There have been frantic efforts in Indian as well as foreign companies to develop leadership quickly across all levels in the organization. The reason of this recent surge lies in the current growth trajectory of Indian companies. Many Indian companies are growing at a rate which is mind-boggling. Companies which grew at 3 to 4 percent per annum for the first 30 years of their history, grew 10 fold or more since the advent of the new millennium. There are examples of several companies which have expanded phenomenally during the last decade, from Pan-India operations to manufacturing in 5 countries and doing business in 30 countries, increasing their manpower five times more than the number of people they had ever hired. This has put tremendous pressure on companies to develop leadership at all levels in the shortest possible time.So the natural question that comes up is: what kind of leaders do we need today in India?When we explore our own past, we expect our leaders be it in the form of god, king, or entrepreneur, to be Sarva Guna Sampanna, i.e. one who has all identified competencies and qualities required to be the right leader. Today the imperative for senior leaders is to keep actualizing the talent in themselves and also in the band of leaders all over, whether leading from the front or middle or behind.
About The Author
KK Sinha is a Graduate with Honours in Economics and Post Graduate in Personnel Management / LSW (Gold Medalist, University of Patna). He has worked and also associated as Consultant in organizations like SAIL, NTPC, Reliance and Jindals, Damodar Valley, Aditya Birla Group, Adani, Tata Power etc. He has received extensive learnings in Human Resources in Harvard Business School, Templeton College (Oxford), Michigan Business School, Tata Management Centre, IIMs. He has also written a Book, My Experiments with Unleashing People Power”, which has been rated in Business Standards The Strategist top five. Currently, he is associated in the leading Business School, Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH).
Ajay Soni is currently working as the Chief Learning and Leadership Development Officer, Group HR, Aditya Birla Group, Mumbai. Ajay has combined experience in business and consulting and has also worked with ICI, Unilever, Larsen and Turbo and HPCL. Ajay had been a Practice Leader for Leadership Consulting – Asia Pacific, in Aon Hewitt, primarily working on developing leadership strategy for organizations, doing executive coaching, doing talent and leadership assessments etc. Ajay had been an advisor to various corporations in Asia Pacific and has consulted over 150 organizations across the region.
Ajay is a B.Tech (Mechanical) and did his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Indranil Mitra studied Physics Honours from St. Stephens College and subsequently did his M.Sc., from the Department of Physics and Astrophysics, Delhi University. He worked in the leading Maharatna NTPC in HR and also as a Faculty in its Power Management Institutes.