Source | Linkedin.com | BY:Surya Prakash Mohapatra, Global Head-Talent Transformation at Wipro BPS, Member of Leaders Excellence at Harvard
In my last 20 years of professional experience, I have come across many successful corporate leaders, social leaders and CEOs. I have been fortunate to work closely with some of them and seen them from close quarters. Being an HR professional, I have a lot of interest in human behaviour. I have very closely observed behaviours, traits and mannerisms of these leaders. In this article, I have called out 9 qualities/traits essential to become a successful leader. For the ease of remembering, I have coded these as: 3 Cs and 3 Ps to becoming a CEO.
Let’s begin with the 3 Cs.
Remember, we owe everything to the creator. Highly successful leaders are also highly spiritual. They possess incredible humility and attribute their success to God’s mercy. Successful people have a living Ideal or spiritual guide in their lives. We all know that Arjun had Lord Krishna, Chandragupta had Chankya, Sibaji had Ramdas, Vivekanand had Ramakrishna, Deshbandhu CR Das had Thakur Anukulchandra as their spiritual guide or guru.
Leaders believe in the mercy of the Creator. Hence, they also have great compassion and care for the creator’s creation. They are humane, generous, have love for people (not just their followers but everyone in general). On the other hand we have also seen leaders who place tasks over people. Such leaders relentlessly pursue their goals without caring for people. But their successes are only short-term.
Since great leaders believe in the Creator and His creation, they are also creative at the same time. They always contemplate and think of new ideas. They creatively solve problems, transform lives and provide never-before experiences. They are great thinkers. They think out of the box and always challenge the status quo. Their faith in the Creator and their love for His Creation naturally ignite Creativity in them.
Now let’s see what the 3 Ps are.
Great Leaders first define their purpose. Their purpose is never to become rich and earn loads of money? Did Bill Gates start Microsoft with an ambition to become the richest man in the world? Of course not. When he started his company, he had no idea that one day he would become the richest man in the world. He started Microsoft in order to develop software that everybody can use. The purpose behind his venture was much larger than just earning money, becoming rich or accumulating wealth. The fact that he went on to become the richest man is just another matter.
Successful leaders are successful because they never give up. They may go down fighting, but they never call it quits. They have great resilience and courage. Even if they fail miserably on their purpose or mission, they always bounce back and bring things back on track. They face challenges, resistance, detractors, and critics. But they never give up. Pointing towards detractors, Mahatma Gandhi says: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” He goes on to say, “We may stumble and fall but shall rise again; it should be enough if we did not run away from the battle.”