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  • 1. Management Lessons from Indian Cricket Team visit for similar video/ppt/articles
  • 2. A Leader should have the team he/she wants
    • Dhoni was clear about whom he wanted and insisted on it even while taking enormous personal risk
    • He preferred the raw talent over big guns like Saurabh, Rahul and Laxman
    • Remember after winning the trophy after the tri series he said “my team”
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  • 3. Optimal utilization of resources
    • A Leader should know the optimal utilization of resources.
    • In current talent scarce market - attrition and poaching scenario, it is a key leadership skill.
    • Dhoni never complained about absence of Zaheer Khan, R.P Singh, Ishant or Yuvraj when they got injured, but got on with what was available and performed successfully with them.
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  • 4. Leader should back his/her team
    • Dhoni backed people especially who were low on confidence and raw.
    • Generally, leaders do not trust people who are low on confidence and raw.
    • Leaders give them easy tasks that not only dents their confidence but they also never get the opportunity to learn
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  • 5. Leader should have confidence in his/her team
    • On the contrary, by trusting such people and throwing a challenge at them, the member will be ready to lay his/her life for the leader
    • Dhoni showed enough confidence in his young team -Whether asking Ishant to open bowling or -Selecting Pravin Kumar over Sehwag -Opening bowling with Pravin Kumar -Sending Rohit to bat ahead of more established batsmen -Selecting Piyush Chawla for the finals with no previous match practice -Asking Gambhir to open the batting
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  • 6. Leaders -Inspire and trust
    • Irfan Pathan’s anecdote about Mahendra Singh Dhoni shortly after India had won the tri-series tournament gives some insight into the mind and methods of the Indian captain.
    • “ During my last over,’’ Pathan told the ESPN commentators, “Dhoni walked up to me, patted me on the back and said with a smile, “You’re not such a bad bowler to give away three boundaries now!’’
    • In the event, Pathan got two wickets to quash Australia’s hopes and win the triseries, but that is only half the story of how Dhoni inspires his players to perform for him.
    • The other, and perhaps more crucial half, is how he trusts them to do this.
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  • 7. Leaders -should be calm and cool
    • Amongst so much pressure Dhoni was very calm and cool.
    • Inspite of mudslinging, verbal assault and threat of being not able to qualify for the final he was cool, calm and always smiling.
    • Even when they had beaten Australia in the second final and won the trophy, he was very calm and cool and left his team to do all the jumping and enjoyment.
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  • 8. Constant explore and innovate
    • A good leader has to explore and innovate. Changes in business environment are very rapid.
    • A leader needs to encourage trying and experimenting and keeping the things which work
    • Dhoni whether sending Irfan to open or one down, opening the bowling with Pravin Kumar and Ishan or selecting 5 bowlers, or two spinners out-thought and out-strategized the mighty Australians
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  • 9. Innovation to thrive, failure must be encouraged
    • Remember most of his team members said on camera that Dhoni told them – not to take much tension and just enjoy the game. It does not matter even if we lose.
    • You cannot innovate if the failures are punished
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  • 10. Live in the present
    • Dhoni mentioned that he lives in the present and not worry about the future or past
    • Too much analysis/ strategizing for the future is not recommendable in a dynamic changing business environment. Too much analysis leads to paralysis
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  • 11. Leaders should give the credit
    • A good leader should let his team take the credit.
    • See how Dhoni after being handed over the trophy handed it over to his team members. At the prize giving ceremony he supported Harbhajan and took the swipe at Aussie media.
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  • 12. A leader should walk the talk
    • A leader should lead from the front and be a role model.
    • Remember Dhoni in one of the crucial match with Srilanka avoided all the big shots and made all his runs by running. While in the second final -scored 36 runs in 36 balls when quick runs were required.
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  • 13. Individuals-know your inner calling
    • As an individual one should believe in his inner potential
    • Pravin Kumar the son of a Constable used to disappear daily in the morning at 4 am for cricket practice. He used to get beaten when he returned every evening but never flinched He plays his domestic cricket for Uttar Pradesh where in the absence of a good coach, he has relied on the likes of Mohammad Kaif, his state captain.
    • Playing not even ten international matches got two man of the match awards
    • There is a Message for parents and teachers-recognize the child potential
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  • 14. Individuals-Have Self Belief
    • Have the self belief and self esteem to not get disturbed with the name calling and all other dirty tricks employed by others.
    • Harbhajan Singh at the end won by taking the critical wickets of his tormentors Mathew Hayden and Symonds in both the finals.
    • It was a poetic justice.
    • It is the test of your character to focus on your performance and shut out other things
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  • 15. As Competitor
    • No matter what you are never – never be arrogant about your success and achievements. This way you are firing your rivals to beat you.
    • Time is a great leveller.
    • Do not be arrogant, you might look like a fool when the time changes
    • Ricky Ponting also said before the start of the tour that they would wallop India by 4-0 and that Australia would have a cakewalk in one-dayers
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  • 16. Play fair/by the rules
    • You cannot play unfair and win. For all those who shout from the rooftop that in real world you cannot play and win by the rule.
    • This is the apt example- if you are good – no matter what the rivals are doing, you will win at the end as India did in the end.
    • Do not get disturbed by temporary setbacks. Life is a marathon and not a hundred meter race.
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  • 17. Do not lose sight of the goal
    • Harbhajan hasn't been bowling particularly well of late and he didn't bowl particularly well in the first final - BUT the two batsman at the centre of the childish schoolyard spat with the Indian off spinner decided he had to taught a lesson and as a result got out.
    • This after they had dominated the game and got the Indians on the back foot. Symonds and Hayden could quite easily have milked the bowling and taken five singles an over and just accumulated another 80 more runs and then set up a guns blazing finale.
    • In business how many times we start fighting the personal battle- losing the focus
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  • 18. A Leader should be fearless and confident
    • Fearlessness and confidence to believe and perform that you can compete with the best in the world and win.
    • This has made India globally the best whether in IT or in cricket
    • See How rookie Ishant Sharma showed Symonds the pavilion when he abused him after given out
    • Remember Young leadership is not about age but about thinking big and risk taking ability.
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