Boss’s Day: Be a leader, not a ‘boss’ - Timesjobs.com
Leaders from Blue Coat Systems, Mphasis, Bosch Power Tools and Tesco on what it takes to be a leader that a team gets inspired to work with and who is not just another ‘bossy’ manager
Amrita Premrajan, TimesJobs.com
While the world is full of popular and not so popular bosses, there is a rare breed of leaders who garner the trust and goodwill of their team without demanding it by force.
As employees across the globe join hands to wish their managers a “Happy Boss’s Day”, we bring to you four things that differentiate ‘just another boss’ from a ‘leader’.
“The tech world is project-driven with stringent deadlines. Under such circumstances, a leader needs to make sure that his team stays motivated and focused all the time. Coaching the team, making them a part of the overall success and helping them grow in their career are the most critical qualities a true leader imbibes. A team that wants to follow their leader’s footsteps is the ‘boss’ every manager should aim to be.”
Ambarish Deshpande, managing director-India, Blue Coat Systems
“A good leader is one who sets the framework and sets you free. These leaders define the boundary and allow you to figure out how you want to get the results. This way, the team feels empowered and energised as they believe they are shaping their work.”
“Such managers allow good leaders to emerge from their shadows and encourage free thinking without going overboard. I have enjoyed working with such leaders and try and do the same with my team. This is tough as most leaders believe they know how to do it and start micromanaging.”
Elango R, president-HP Business Unit and chief human resources officer at Mphasis
“The trait that I have is EQ (emotional quotient) connect – understanding peoples aspirations and putting them in the right position to succeed and demanding excellence. My motto is “Do your job”. If each of us do our jobs without worrying about the surrounding noise, then as a team we deliver the best in class results.”
Vidya Laxman, director-technology, Tesco Bengaluru
“The key trait for a leader in today’s world is to find the ability to drive effective collaboration across interdependent functions to see the large picture and march as one unit towards a common goal. This will give the ability to harness the overall potential that exists in the entire ecosystem.”
Panish PK, regional sales director, Bosch Power Tools