Soft Skill/Competency: Leadership

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Refer older fourteen posts to read the detailed explanations on competencies “Result Orientation”, “Problem Solving”, “Self Confidence”, “Self Development”, “Action Orientation”, “Creativity”, “Interpersonal Skills”, “Communication Skills”, “Composure or Coolness”, “Decision Making”,
“Integrity”, “Team Work and Team Building”, “Developing People” and “Conflict Management”.

Explanation of the Competency “Leadership”

  • Believes in and practices highest degrees of ethic, integrity and honesty.
  • Can envision the advancement and growth opportunities.
  • Possesses abilities for high degree of conceptualization, strategizing and analysis.
  • Demonstrates high achievement orientation. Therefore, emphasizes commitment, accountability, action orientation and results.
  • Is dynamism personified. Exudes energy and enthusiasm.
  • Takes initiatives and is self starter.
  • Adept at interpersonal relationships and puts emotional intelligence in action.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Possesses high learning orientation and learns from all the quarters all the time. Quick in grasping new pieces of knowledge and practice.
  • Is excellent in directing and controlling functions.
  • Uses his excellent influencing skills for bringing out the desired consensus, decisions and actions.
  • Very good at decision making processes and once decisions are reached, displays firmness and decisiveness in implementation.
  • Displays required flexibility and adaptability in different situations and times.
  • Demonstrates tremendous self-confidence as well as moral and physical courage.
  • Can lead people from the front when necessary. Is capable of setting an example.
  • Is great team builder and team player. Provides necessary support and cooperativeness.
  • Motivates self and other people excellently well and people then give out their best in terms of their potentials and stretch.
  • Balances his high concern for task accomplishment with high concern for the people.
  • Possesses high business acumen.
  • Is politically astute.
  • Very good at general judgment and intuitions on issues and people.
  • Develops many next line leaders.

Pitfalls to be Avoided

  • May end up being a very strong leader leaving people looking up to him for any thing and every thing.
  • May become indispensable thus posing a question of succession- after him who?
  • High result and action orientation may create an imbalance between concern for task accomplishment and concern for people.

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About Shyam Bhatawdekar

35 years’ industrial/business experience as a top executive & 35 years’ parallel academic/consultancy experience in general management, behavioral sciences & technology. Areas: general management, production, human resources, industrial engineering, systems, MIS, computers, corporate planning, audit, sales/marketing. Penchant for information technology & behavioral sciences; integrated with conventional technology makes him unique thought leader. Conversant with academic theories & realities of business, fuses the two into practical approaches. Was associated with Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics & ThyssenKrupp; held top positions as highflier executive. Presently Chairman & Managing Director, Prodcons Group associating with 250 organizations; providing management & I T consultations & conducting seminars/workshops. Been a faculty for IIM’s, TMTC, Railway & HAL Staff Colleges, Symbiosis. Speaker with 35000 hours’ experience benefitting more than 100,000 people. Published 35 articles in Economic Times, Indian Management & Computers Today. Authored 27 books. Invited as key speaker in seminars by AIMA, HRD Network, NIPM, QCFI, CSI, NPC. Widely traveled. Education: Engineering & Management.
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