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What makes a great leader?

Leaders make their actions do all the talking

Year 18th July 1980 was a landmark day for India. Dr. Abdul Kalam was the leader of the ISRO team which successfully launched Rohini satellite into the orbit. The missile man conducted the press conference along with his team. But, his success was not easy, nor was it isolated.

Year 10th August 1979 was another landmark day for India. This day, we failed to launch Rohini satellite into the orbit in the first attempt. This time, the press conference was led by Dr. Satish Dhawan, the ISRO chairman.

You might be wondering what he would have delivered in a callous situation? He just uttered these words: “We failed! But I have a very good trust in my team that next time we will be succeeding for sure”.

A true leader leads from the front in the face of crisis and takes the blame upfront. Similarly, in the face of success, a true leader lets the team lead from the front.

Now the question arises, do you think, you need power and position to be a leader? No, not at all. All of us have the leader in us, either consciously or unconsciously.

Leader without a title.
Explore the leader in you.

In this blog, I will elaborate on the top qualities of any leader. If you have this quality in you, take it to the next level. If you don’t, you could consider adopting some of them.

1. Vision

Leader with vision
Visionary leader

A leader is a daydreamer. Confused? A leader has a vision and he daydreams about it relentlessly. Further, the aura that he creates amongst his subordinates attracts them to his vision. Like a magnet that strongly pulls the iron towards itself, the vision of the leader attracts his followers towards himself. Hence, if you want to be a great leader, be visionary par excellence. For example, Barack Obama’s vision for America struck the right chord with the audience. The result, we all know the stunning consecutive tenures as the President.

2. Innovative

Innovative leader
Innovation as the hallmark of a leader

Rome was not built in a day. It is a result of hard work, patience, perseverance, and innovation. Innovation makes you stand apart from the crowd. Innovation gives vent to your creativity and takes you on a higher plane as the leader. For example, the life of Ratan Tata is an apt example of innovative leadership. Post-retirement, Ratan Tata has been actively involved in funding innovative startups. This is the mark of a great leader, he never lets innovative ideas go unnoticed or unsupported.

3. Positive

Positive leader
Positivity as the hallmark of a leader

He fought, he raised his voice against discrimination. But, in vain. Further, he was jailed for twenty-seven years. Nevertheless, his determination and courage stood unshaken. He remained positive throughout and dreamt of seeing his country free of apartheid. The positive and visionary leader was Nelson Mandela who has become an inspiration for generations to come.

Positivity is the hallmark of a true leader. A positive person never loses hope even in the jaws of death. He finds a solution to any crisis by hook or by crook.

4. Humility as a leader

Humble leader
Humility as the hallmark of a leader

It is one golden quality that keeps you grounded no matter how high you fly. Hence, humility is of pivotal importance for leaders. A long-lasting and strong relation gets formed with your subordinates upon exhibiting the quality of humbleness. Moreover, humility is the easiest way to build trust and forge relationships. For example, Gandhiji espoused a humble demeanor that made him stand out gentle amongst giants of his era.

5. Emotional Intelligence as a leader

Leader with emotional intelligence
Leader with emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand your emotions as well as that of others and the ability to handle the same. A leader has to deal with a diverse group of people with different characteristics and emotional levels. At this juncture, emotional intelligence helps him think from the shoes of his subordinates. This results in better resolution of conflicts. Hence, it is rightly said that ‘Attitude decides your altitude in life’.

6. Empathetic

Empathy and leadership
Leader and his quality of empathy

“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

Empathy is one quality that sets apart good leaders from a great one. The perspective of a leader changes with empathy. He is able to better judge his teams’ requirements and make a healthy judgment. An empathetic leader stands by the poor and the destitute. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by billionaire Bill Gates supports education, health cum sanitation in poor and destitute countries.

7. Integrity

Leader with integrity
Leader with integrity

If you are a leader with integrity, you are hard to be replaced. Leaders with integrity espouse truth, no matter how hard it may seem. They never mince their words and lead with dignity. When a leader is integral, the subordinates have unconditional faith in him. In other words, they are rest assured that the decisions are taken in a good spirit.

8. Leader without a title

Leader without a title
Leader without a title

The world knows a handful of leaders. On the other hand, there are innumerable people who are doing selfless service behind the curtain. Jadav Payeng of Assam single-handedly planted an entire forest. Bal Pandian of Tamil Nadu took commendable steps to conserve avian species around Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary.

They are the true leaders, who lead without a title. They could always remain invisible to the world, but their efforts are no less than the well-renowned leaders.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in

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Nine golden tips to enhance your communication skills

With the right words, you can be one step ahead of others

Were you ever short of the right words during communication? But, ended up with ‘Man Ki Baat’? Did you become the black sheep in the crowd of eloquent yet effective speakers?

Jokes apart, effective communication is one of the biggest challenges in one’s personal as well as professional life. Communication forms the basis of relationships. It can either get you your dream career or make you move up the career ladder. Also, you can woo your dream partner using the right mix of words.

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Nine golden skills to fine tune your communication skills.

In the course of this blog, I will share nine golden tips to boost your communication skills.

1. Be a good listener for good communication

In the majority of the cases of communication lapses, poor listening plays a crucial role. Most of the people do not listen with the intention to offer constructive feedback. They are more eager to talk and put their views across.

To be a good communicator, one needs to practice the art of patient listening. One needs to understand the merit in the other person’s views. By being a patient listener, one can gauge both the pros and cons of an issue clearly. One can make a better judgment regarding issues at hand.

As a boss, when you give a patient hearing to your employee’s needs, they will feel motivated to work more. Similarly, when you give a patient hearing to a friend’s problem, you can offer a more empathetic solution.

So, the next time you go off track and shut your ears in a conversation, remember that we all need to be listened to at some point in our life.

2. Constructive feedback

How many times have you shied away from giving or taking feedback? The reasons are manifold ranging from fear of criticism, inferiority complex or the lack of knowledge.

Constructive feedback is a crucial aspect of enhancing one’s communication. Feedback gives a clear insight into one’s performance. Are you high on vocabulary? Are you beating around the bush? Or, are you using repetitive words that add clutter to your communication? Answers to these questions are ‘Be receptive to constructive feedback’.

At the workplace, constructive feedback optimizes work and brings in transparency cum accountability. Further, constructive feedback motivates both the sender and receiver by bringing in a room for knowledge sharing.

3. Group communication

Have you noticed that group discussions are an integral part of most of the organization recruitment process? What is the logic behind this?

Group discussion is a significant, yet challenging way to finetune one’s communication skill. Putting across your words lucidly and clearly to a group of people requires tactics and skills. Each word spoken is scrutinized by more than one individual. Further, it tests your ability to listen carefully and accommodate others’ views. Also, you have the scope to get feedback from more than one person.

Next time, when you meet your friends over a cup of coffee, start a discussion on a burning public issue. Over a period of time, you will see tremendous improvement in your communication skills.

4. Good networking for good communication

Networking with the right people gives a new dimension to your communication skills. You learn new things through peer professional cum personal interaction. It gives an immense opportunity to build your confidence by taking up impromptu challenges. For example, interacting with a curious customer makes you think out of the box yet diplomatic in your outlook.

Hence, embrace networking as an important part of your life. You never know when a golden opportunity comes knocking your way.

5. Paraphrasing your message

The clarity of thought in a message is as important as the message itself. We get so obsessed with the message delivery that the exact wordings and sentences are seldom adhered to. Instead of conveying your thought in 1-2 sentences, you end up speaking eloquently by beating around the bush.

Hence, you must learn the art of paraphrasing to be a good communicator. Make a conscious effort to be short and sweet in conveying your thoughts. Record your phone calls, play it over and over again to spot the redundant points. Try to paraphrase what you have spoken over the call. Try this process until you get the paraphrasing right.

Also, ask your close friends or family members to alert you on the repetitions in your communication. Constant feedback brings in more consciousness to enhance one’s performance.

6. Audience awareness

Sometimes, your message goes right but the reception goes wrong. Hence, it’s necessary to finetune your message based on the concerned audience. Some might love humor, others might like a story while many others will like a short, crisp and to the point message. Based on the type of your audience, you need to finetune your message accordingly. You need to be empathetic and sympathetic while putting across your views. Make sure that your words are chosen with sensitivity to avoid hurting the feelings of the audience.

 

7. Vocabulary building

Were you ever dumbstruck searching for the right word in a conversation? You might have had a hazy idea about the word due to lack of usage of that word. Or, it could be due to lack of updation of your dictionary.

How can you avoid the word usage dilemma? The best way is to keep learning new words every day. A newspaper like ‘The Hindu’ is a good repository of vocabulary. Similarly, listening to BBC News is an effective way to build your vocabulary. Also, make a written note of the words and keep revising them during your spare time. In this way, you unconsciously tend to use new vocabulary in your communication.

8. Body language

Actions speak louder than words. This is very important in case of effective communication. Your gestures and body postures amplify your speech message. It gives life to your speech which can otherwise turn mundane and monotonous.

Getting the appropriate body language is a gradual and long term process. One can consider joining a public speaking club like Toastmasters International. By giving more and more public speeches, one can effectively finetune one’s body language.

9. Positive attitude

Attitude decides your altitude in life. Yes, you got it right. Your approach towards a situation determines your success in life. So is the case with communication. Having a positive outlook towards people and situation brings in a positive environment. A warm good morning with a smile, a small token of appreciation, etc goes a long way in building long-lasting relationships.

A person with a positive attitude exudes optimism and confidence in what he speaks. Consequently, his words are seen as credible by the receptors. Also, a positive attitude brings in more empathy to the table. The present organizational setups need more people who can put across their words in an assertive yet sympathetic way.

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YOU ARE READING THE ARTICLE COURTESY: SabPaisa (SRS Live Technologies) – headquartered in New Delhi with eight regional offices including Mumbai, Bangalore & Kolkata – is a rapidly growing fintech company having developed one of India’s most advanced AI-driven recurring payments platform bolstered by another of SabPaisa’s unique products: world’s first hybrid payment platform which has all the payment modes in a single checkout page, online and offline, from UPI to Cards to e-NEFT to e-Cash. Businesses that take SabPaisa’s payment gateway get real-time reconciliation and consolidated reports for all payments, recurring or one-time, online or offline, in a single dashboard, whether the payer is an 18-year-old in Kashmir paying through UPI or a 70 year paying through Cash in Kanyakumari. SabPaisa’s payments and collection application suite have already processed more than INR 12 Billion to date. Learn more about SabPaisa here:https://sabpaisa.in