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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

How can a manager become a leader?

None   March 21, 2012
First Published: 21:20 IST(21/3/2012) | Last Updated: 21:24 IST(21/3/2012)

Most managers would like to evolve into leaders, but relatively few do. For managers to evolve into leaders, they must develop six essential attributes as enumerated by the motivational guru John Di Frances. These are creating and sharing a vision, setting high standards, living those high standards and mentoring those who follow, making hard choices where necessary, being visible and out front and instilling hope in those who follow. These attributes are not inherited, nor are people born with them; they are battle scars earned from experience and proven in the time of adversity. Managers who go through this trial by fire acquire these attributes and evolve into effective leaders who have a deep commitment to their cause and the best interests of others uppermost in their mind.  (Kaushal Sampat, president and CEO- India, Dun & Bradstreet)

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Managers typically focus on getting things done and are evaluated on the results they produce on measurable lines. They are the movers amongst the organisation and play the role of multipliers who help steer the company's course. The unquantifiable element in a manager's role is that of leadership- and this makes them most effective in producing results which are long term sustainable and repeatable. A good leader ensures the progress of the team and business interests before himself. He places his focus on what needs to be done. His thinking is strategic and focused on objectives. And once he sets the course he motivates, mentors and empowers his team to walk ahead bringing out their best while he walks behind in support of their efforts. (RS Subramanian, country manager, DHL Express - India.)


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