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Mentor checklist

Those who are people-oriented make better leaders than those who are self-centred. Transparency, teamwork and strong decision-making are necessary values. But the following aspects make a difference.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 15:10 IST

Those who are people-oriented make better leaders than those who are self-centred. Transparency,  teamwork and strong decision-making are necessary values. But the following  aspects make a difference.

Lead by example
It is tough for any employee to challenge a leader who leads by example. It is an incentive for the employee to perform better. It is heartening to see a boss who has confidence in self and in the work being done, and working with him is delightful. The trouble begins when a leader becomes a slave driver. Slaves only execute orders and look for opportunities to escape.

Understanding employees
This does not mean condone every mistake. It means being sensitive to peoples’ strengths and limitations.  It is a quality, which helps a leader delegate effectively. It also helps to identify and develop latent talent.

Perceptive powers
Effective leaders are able to gather relevant information from their environment before most others.  It is a great tool to assess an employee’s potential.

Empowering others
An empowered employee is a responsible worker. It keeps him motivated to perform his best.

Ensure growth
To grow you have to ensure your team grows. Develop a second line of leadership so that when you move higher, a competent person takes over your position.

Total participation
Another vital requirement is the ability to draw participation from the team.  Everyone likes to feel that his contribution is important. This way the company invariably benefits.