www.virenderkapoor.comCOLLATERAL LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES IN 150 SECONDS! BY VIRENDER KAPOOR
PRINCIPLE-1 LEADERS ARE BORN AS WELL AS MADE “leaders aren’t born, they are made” -Vince LombardiAbility of leadership consists of skills and traits.“Skills” can be learnt and mastered eg. Organizationalskills, delegation, discipline are all learnable skills.Traits can only be gradually imbibed. People are bornwith some traits eg. Tact and diplomacy, charisma, desireto learn, creativity.You have to give yourself time. Don’t attempt to becomea great leader overnight.Events and challenges throw up great leaders. Secondworld war produced great military and political leaders likeWinston Churchill, Eisenhower, Montgomery.Training programs mentoring and books help inbecoming good leaders.
PRINCIPLE-2 “Most pathetic person is someone who has sight but has no vision” - Hellen Keller Vision is fundamental to leadership.Vision is not a dream but a reality which needs to comeinto existence.Vision of the leader gives a sense of direction to theorganization.Compelling reason of the leader needs to be put inwords, which then becomes the organizational goal andvision.Vision should be short. Google’s vision is “ To provideaccess to the worlds information in one click”-Only tenwords.Vision must be backed by hard work to accomplish it.
PRINCIPLE-3 LIVE ,THINK AND ACT LIKE A LEADER “Anyone who has never made a mistake, has never tried something new” - Albert EinsteinLook at yourself in a mirror everyday and imagineyourself as a leader.You must bring change and the first change must be inyou-To think you are a leader.If you have an idea then speak about it.Capture the imagination of others by thinking different.You will waste resources if you do not act on yourthoughts. Indian army took forty years to make their fullsleeves shirts(sleeves folded) into half sleeves.They could have saved two million meter cloth everyyear, that is the power of action.
PRINCIPLE-4 COMMUNICATION-AN ART YOU MUST LEARN “great speakers are not born, they are trained” -Dale CarnegieContent is the king. So work and collect material on whatyou are going to speak.Constantly update about your own field, specialization, &domain.Do your home work. prepare all details before a meeting.Structure your thoughts, break each part in to sub partstill things are crystal clear to you.Be brief and speak with conviction. You should soundgenuine.Add a dash of humor.It can work wonders.Practice, practice and practice – rehearsing pays.
PRINCIPLE-5 PREGNANT MINDS-CREATIVITY “Imagination is more important than knowledge” - Albert EinsteinConceive, nurture, deliver- that’s what a pregnant minddoes.Innovation need not to be totally a new idea.Innovation is simply something different from others.Creativity is a part of life and not an engineered process.So think you are creative.Metaphoric thinking brings creativity. This is an analogyto explain an idea by use of a word. Eg.“I slept like a log”Broaden your experience by reading on different subjectsand be prepared to make mistakes.New ideas always have fog around it.
PRINCIPLE-6 SENSE OF JUDGMENT IS VERY IMPORTANTGood judgment comes from experience, experience comes from bad judgment. -Bob PackwoodA leader needs to judge and gauge, people, situationsand problems.For a good leader like a pilot, judgment is moreimportant than controlling instruments.Judging a person is a most important task of a leader andthe most difficult one.Humans are complex creatures with many masks, therefore difficult to judge.Assess a complex situation on your gut instinct.Overanalysis sometimes leads to paralysis.Political and business decisions usually depend uponappreciation and judgment.
PRINCIPLE-7 WIT AND HUMOR “Without humor you cannot run a sweet shop, let alone a nation” -John BuchanHumor gives you a pleasant disposition and costs younothing.Humor should be used with caution. Never at someoneelse’s cost.Bosses having sense of humor are liked by others.Must use humor keeping in mind the situation.Humor and wit(intelligence) go hand in hand and are apowerful tool for success. Akbar-Birbal stories are full of witand humor – yet convey great thoughts .Humor must be cleverly used in presentations anddiscussions.
PRINCIPLE-8 NO POLITICS PLEASE “In war you can be killed only once, in politics many times” - Sir Winston ChurchillPolitics in the organization is a leadership function.It refers to the manipulation of people, power, position tosecure promotions & favors.In the process you piss off many people, hurt some andalso make some enemies.Politics sinks not only people but also organizations.If you have politics, people in your organization will spendmore time covering their ass rather than working.Politics always starts from top and the leader is totallyresponsible for it.You have to do nothing as a leader not to play politics!Just done play politics.
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