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What leadership is all about

By Our Special Correspondent



Tarun J. Tejpal, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Tehelka; D.N. Mukherjea, Deputy Editor of Business World; N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu; and Sanjana Kapoor, Director of Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai, at the Young Indians Summit organised by the CII in Bangalore on Saturday. — Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

BANGALORE, FEB. 26. A talented young actor and film-maker, a Kargil war hero, a woman executive, the Chairman of a soft-drink maker and the head of an international finance firm spoke on "Leadership: Taking Charge" at the Young Indians Summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here today.

Values

For the actor Rahul Bose, leadership is all about standing up for values that are eternal, ruthless introspection and being able to lead by example. "It may also mean a massive ego, like Gandhiji and Mandela, believing they could change the destiny of their respective countries," he said. He was dismissive of other qualities like inter-personal skills "which you find in fat self-help books picked up at airports."

War hero Colonel Lalit Rai spoke about leadership under extreme conditions, as on a battlefield. A real leader has to care for the men he leads into battle. Going beyond wars, he felt real peace between India and Pakistan would come through more people to people contact as is happening now.

Col. Rai assured a young woman with a question that yes, the armed forces are welcoming women and they can even rise to senior positions.

As to why men risked everything in battle, he replied, "It is a matter of battalion izzat."

For Sangita Singh, Vice-President, Wipro Technologies, it is a question of a woman as leader balancing her other role as a homemaker. Times are changing and, in the highly successful ICICI Bank, over 50 per cent of senior managers are women. Leadership also means you are not willing to be indifferent and accept the status quo but want to lead change for the better, she said.

Opportunities

Piruz Khambatta, Chairman and Managing Director, Rasna India, pointed out that his brands have a larger market share in the country than all the multinational cola giants combined. Having lived and worked in India and overseas, he is convinced that there are more opportunities right now in India than in the West "if you have the right ideas."

The Joint Managing Director of DSP Merrill Lynch, Amit Chandra, felt leadership is all about the confidence to stand alone, making tough decisions when necessary, developing talent in others and being able to lead by example. Work ethics too matter.

From what appeared to be divergent views, some common threads were discernible: about what makes some young people leaders and others, those led.

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