Looking through the Leadership Glass

We often wonder, what makes a leader different from others. The answer to this is most certainly the quality of making people feel valuable, challenging the status quo, not settling for the mediocre and building team spirit. Implementing these traits, the person who climbs the corporate ladder is the one who earns coveted positions like that of a CEO. To quote a famous author, Stephen Covey, “Be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.” This statement, better defines the true essence of being a leader. In reflecting upon what a team can do, and harnessing that potential in the time of need, dwells the proficiency of a leader.

To be farsighted and knowing what hurdle awaits them in the path to excellence, should be a leader’s forte. Moreover, when it comes to leading through an example, a leader knows best how to exhibit his ideologies, perceptions, his role and his influence. Examples of leadership can be witnessed in the ways how Napoleon, Washington, Gandhi, Mandela, and many others, led their followers. Initially, a leader was perceived of a commanding image. However, as time went by, the norms of leadership have been split into different styles but retain the traditional processes and outcomes involved within it.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th United States President says, “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is, on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” The truth about these lines is undeniable in this era of ingenious technologies and business models across the globe.

Be it, an authoritarian or free-reigning style of leadership, one can safely assert that without leadership, an organization would be directionless, the workforce would be powerless, and ambitions would be pointless. The nature of a leader is a subtle blend of ethics, integrity, ambition, determination and persistence. These traits build up a leader’s influence and reputation within the organization as well as the watching world.

Funneling down the vitality of leadership into an organization, the role of a leader is played by a CEO. Right from the lifting of curtains to the climax of the play, a CEO avidly performs the parts of a protagonist, leading the organization to glorious heights. Initiating ventures, delegating tasks and their appropriate execution, interactive participation, delivering quality outcomes, relentlessly recognizing and appreciating collective and/or individual efforts, are some of the key responsibilities of a CEO. The path to becoming a CEO isn’t just that of holding a degree from an elite school or that of possessing extensive knowledge of the industry. Although, these qualities do come in handy when it comes to exposure over various disciplines, but having a knack for innovation, a passionate attitude towards the job and excellent leadership skills are worth much more.

With the intent of introducing CEOs who have and continue to avidly display these traits, Insights Success, brings to you, “The 30 Most Innovative CEOs to Watch in 2018.” These prolific and proficient professionals are outshining their roles and responsibilities as leaders of organizations, and have ceaselessly advocated the ingenuity in technological innovation as well as in providing best-in-class services globally.

-Hitesh Dhamani

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