Leadership Life
June 14, 2012
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  1. One should be a performer and demonstrate the same to our team. Performance is itself the most effective communication.
  2. Leader has to be humble in a way and consider himself part and parcel of the team and not above the team.
  3. Give genuine respect and trust to the team members.
  4. Allow them to experiment and take risk.
  5. In case of failure, encourage him / her to introspect and do it next time with more vigor and better planning.
  6. Make everyone in the team feel that, even though we are leaders, we are just one among them.
  7. We should also believe in the ones who failed in the Team. At crucial times a team member who was not able to deliver might do miracles.
  8. As a leader, be calm in extreme situations and lead the team from front.
  9. Share the credit of success with your team members and praise them in public.
  10. Above all believe in every member in the team.

Listed below are a few more instances of his leadership style –

When Ganguly was playing his last match, as a gesture of respect, Dhoni asked Ganguly to take charge of the team when the ninth Aussie wicket fell. Whenever he has an opportunity, he showers his players with praises.

If you notice, instead of pressing teammates to win, Dhoni tells them to just enjoy the game. Also, he has mentioned at several forums that he believes to live in the present and not worry about future or past. Dhoni’s leadership style represents teamwork, empowerment and confidence.

Dhoni utilizes every team member at his disposal and brings out the best performance whether he is a senior or junior player. He provides opportunity for every team member to prove themselves and contribute to the best of their abilities.

Remember, he gave the last over to Joginder Sharma who doesn’t have much of a track record., By putting such a person in front of a challenging task, it tells the person that the leader has confidence in his abilities and will be fired up to put in 120 per cent. This happened with Joginder Sharma in two critical matches, where he was hit all around the ground and still given the last over. He delivered on both instances!

Another learning from Dhoni is about, Optimal utilization of resources, which is vital for any business. Instead of giving excuses for lack of best resources, it is better to perform in whatever resources a leader has to his disposal.

When team members see their leader calm in extreme situations, they will not be rattled. It will enable them to focus on their work and do what is expected of them. Dhoni is always calm – whether the bowler started off the last over in the finals with a wide ball or the batsman played a series of dot balls in a slog over.

“I never predict what will happen in cricket. We believe in each other and we believe in the process. We will take each game in the right frame of mind.”

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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