10 Effective Leadership Skills and Qualities for Team Leader

What is common among Moses, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King, Hitler and Mahatma Gandhi? Before you actually start counting similarities, think who they are. Great men, historical personalities, social icons? More than anything, all these men were Great LEADERS; Powerful people who have been influencing  society for ages. From time immemorial, society always looks up to those who influence and inspire. Few basic Leadership skills to hone, 10 Effective Leadership Skills and Qualities for Team Leader to follow and lo and behold…you could be leading a crowd.

Leadership Qualities

  1. INFLUENCE those you lead. People around you should feel inspired by little things you do.
  2. Have an AIM/MISSION where you want to reach and take your team along.
  3. Create a VISION for others to dream beyond the expected, yet practical enough to pursue.
  4. Be  COMPETENT so people know who they are following.
  5. COMMUNICATE well enough for your peers to be able to understand you better.
  6. TRUST your team/peers so they feel comfortable with you.
  7. BELIEVE in yourself. People believe in those who believe in themselves
  8. Have KNOWLEDGE of what exactly you are doing and why. People always prefer clarity.
  9. Have a clear DIRECTION for your course of action.
  10. Be DISCIPLINED; then only you can channelize others.

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By Madhuparna Panigrahi


Being Analytical and Creatively Solving Issues

It is a popular misconception that analytical minds cannot think creatively. Analytical thinking is all about channelizing the brain and making it work with logic. But to reach a conclusion, Creative Thinking is needed.

While solving a problem or an issue, you have to consider a wide range of perspectives and assess varied information to make well reasoned and effective decisions. You need to be analytical to do this. Once all aspects and parameters of the issue/problem are analyzed, Creative skills come into play.

Try this simple exercise. Identify two unrelated problems.


Problem 1: you are always late to work because you are a late riser.

Problem 2:- You are bad with remembering names.

Now select two random words.  For example, coffee and green.

Alternate back and forth between creating a solution to one of the problems using the words as stimulus. For example, use coffee to relate to your problem number 1. And relate green to your problem number 2.

The Strategy is to find inspiration in unexpected places.  Often you can find great inspiration by looking in other, seemingly unrelated areas.

The best way to start analyzing any scenario like this is to consider these 3 points-

The Issue– Questions which need to be answered or topics which need to be explored in order to solve a problem.

Hypotheses -Speculative answers for issues that are phrased as questions and/or areas of exploration for issue phrased as topics

Key Questions– Questions that probe hypotheses and drive the primary research required to solve the problem

The whole idea of Creative Problem Solving is to think unconventionally. If analytically thinking provides a step by step, logical approach to a given scenario by gathering information from multiple sources, Creative Thinking is needed to convert such assessment into a constructive conclusion.

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By Madhuparna Panigrahi

Illusions you carry for an Interview

“Hello, your CV is shortlisted and the interview is schedule tomorrow.”

You probably get nervous when you hear the word “interview” even if you are prepared for it. You go back to the job description again and think that you want the best.

David Couper, a Los Angeles Career and Executive Coach and the author of Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career … Even When You Don’t Fit In”  says:  “In reality, most interviewers are not prepared for the interview, they usually just wing it based on their own experience.” There are times when the employers don’t even know whom are they going to interview, their last minute chat which you might have overheard, saying: “I hadn’t seen the applicant’s resumé,  I didn’t even know what the job was”, will give you some idea of the scenario. There are rarely good questions shooting on you like: “Tell me about yourself” ,which is one of the silliest questions  asked these days.Myths of the Interviewer

So what do interviewers look for? Couper says: “Interviewers are looking for someone who can do the job, fit in with the culture and not cause trouble,” he says. “If you can demonstrate that you can do that, you will get the job.” His advice: Don’t tell the interviewer about yourself. Talk about what you would accomplish in the position you want and specify ways your past successes illustrate that.”

You are asked a tough question: Usually interviewers are just seeing how you respond to it more that what you are saying.

Long answers are not so cool: Well said by Couper on this is:  “If you’re giving information that’s hitting what they need to know, then they’re happy,”

Five Year Plan: Again a very general question asked is:  “Where do you want to be in five years?” Here the interviewer wants you to tell him your ambition , or  what you are really looking forward to from the company and your willingness to slog with them happily.

Your qualification decides your position: Perhaps, this is one of the biggest myths of an interview. Couper eloquently states that he’s hired less qualified but friendlier applicants over talented job seekers who can be easier to get along. Be it Supply Chain Management, Retail Management or Creative Field, the core of any interview is the same. You have to think lateral with the organization and be prepared for the same.

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Priyanka Hodavdekar

Have You Given up on Being the Change Maker?

If this Caption attracts you to read further, then you are one of those who has given up after facing failures. Do you think you are old enough to give 15_03_12-buss27up? Think Again? You have been told by many that “you are not just the right cut for the business” or you “lack this talent”. Well, Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because he “lacked imagination and had no original ideas”. Chicken Soup was rejected a total of 140 times. It now has 65 different titles and has sold over 80 million copies all over the world. Harrison Ford was told by The Vice President of Columbia that he was never going to make it in the business. These are just few examples of people who just refused to listen to criticism or “the experts”. Here are few things which can push you towards  being a change maker:

Be resilient:

People who imbibe the characteristic of being resilient are the ones who are self aware and understand that setbacks are part of life. Be open and flexible to adapt to the change when problems hit you. “Internal locus of control” as the psychologist call it has to remain intact and you have to observe the action of your outcome and patiently wait for results.

Have a questioning mind:

What are you really trying to do? For example, if you go to the hardware store looking for a drill, chances are that what you really need is not a drill but a hole. Then the reason for that hole should be looked at. The point is that if you ask ‘why?’ enough times, you typically get to the root of exactly what you need.

Work With Communities:

Christine and Arielle of DUMA are using the power of community to fuel virtual connections that help with economic opportunity in Kenya, changing the way people find employment in the informal market. Employers send descriptions of the skill sets they are looking for to DUMA, who then send out a text message to the relevant potential employees in the DUMA network. DUMA bases their recommendations on 1. The skill set needed and 2. No more than five degrees of separation between the employer and the employee, as they’ve found that trust is the key.

Do what moves you:

People chose their career by looking at the salary package and then regret not being interested in it. Claire N and Claire C graduated from Nepal watching women being discriminated against. After they graduated, they started a movement billed ‘Women Lead’ which works for women’s employment and development of Nepali women.

All that is left right now for you is to go out and change the world for the better and prove it to one and all that you are not a failure after all!


Priyanka Hodavdekar

Motivate to succeed

When the toppers of IIT-JEE were quizzed by journalists as to what  their secret of topping India’s toughest entrance exam was , they attributed the success to the  “phenomenal motivation” they received from their faculties. This was, of course, in addition to their own persistent hard-work.

This example demonstrates the power of motivation. Motivation works wonders and inspires people to achieve extra-ordinary results. The universe is replete with examples of people who have achieved exceptionally high-levels of success, just because there was someone out there who  motivated them.

Success Motivation

India won the Kargil war not just because our military had state-of-the-art defence capabilities but also because the chief of our armed forces was giving the foot soldiers and the entire battalion motivational messages from time to time. There is also a theory that Pakistanis lost the war because their leaders did not adequately motivate them during their course of action along the Line of Control.

As a manager of an organization you too can adopt different methods to motivate your employees. You can, for instance, appreciate them for their efforts and that can be a big motivating factor. You can make your employees aware of  their strengths and this can act as  motivation too. Monetary rewards and sending employees for special training also acts as a great motivator.

So think of imaginative ways to motivate your teams and create your own path to excellence and success. Alternatively, you can sign up for Distance Learning program to get a clearer understanding of this 21st century management paradigm.

by  Tarun Narayan

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Giving Wings to Dreams : Naineesh Chawan

Naineesh Chawan, Manager with one of the reputed private firms in Mumbai, is a man of many insights.

However, that’s just one of his many qualities. Ask about him to his family members and they term  him as an individual who is “silent, studious, obedient, patient and above all a person with boundless optimism and positivity.” Little wonder then that this BE in electronics is one of the rising stars of the corporate universe. Naineesh believes that persistence is one of his greatest assets. As for his weaknesses, “trusting everyone easily is my weakness,” he adds rather sheepishly.

Books and movies are Naineesh’s two of the biggest inspirations.  He is particularly impressed with the book “Wings of Fire” by APJ Abdul Kalam as it motivates people to collapse their boundaries and fully realize their inner potential. Coming to the world of management, Naineesh feels that one can never manage people although people are considered as a precious resource in the management lexicon. “People have a free will and they will do what they choose to do no matter how hard you try to manage them,” he  says with a smile.

Naineesh Chawan

“The only option available with managers is to align their personal goals with the goals of the people and this calls for ‘leadership qualities’”  says  Naineesh. Acquiring new knowledge and wisdom is his abiding passion. That’s one reason why he signed up for a Distance Learning course with Welingkar’s since he felt that the course will give him a “complete understanding of all aspects of business”.

He feels that the Distance Learning Program has fetched immense benefits in his career. The principles in marketing that he learnt in the course has helped him to understand customers and their needs and accordingly structures an interaction. “ That’s why customers today look at me as a partner rather than a third party service provider”, he says.

He is all praise for Welingkar’s books and course material as he feels that they are comprehensive and thoroughly researched. He also has a word of compliment to Welingkar’s faculties. “The Personal Contact Program at Welingkar puts you face to face with professors who have dedicated their entire lives researching on a subject”, he informs.

He also fondly recollects the industrial visit that he undertook to Tata Motors, and how it was a lively experience for him to witness the making of  Tata Nono.  Further, according to him Experiential Learning is the most modern learning technique that is being used at the campus.

And what’s his message for fellow DLPers?“Decide on a goal and once you have decided on it do you best and try your hardest and leave the rest to a higher power,” he sums up with an air of confidence.

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The Art of Presenting

Presentation is not a talent but a skill which needs to be acquired, developed and honed until it becomes a part of your personality. Presentation skills come in handy when you want to deliver a message or share an idea, an opinion or even an issue. But how the matter is presented decides the depth of the issue and yields results accordingly. Your way of presenting  matter also decides the impression you make on people. An articulate presentation is an indication of a strong, confident personality. It also boosts your confidence and helps you take control of things. It increases the saleability of a concept or an idea.  This, of course, depends on your presentation skill which is a gift to many but a worry to millions. Majority of us get terrified with the idea of standing up in front of a crowd and talking. There is nothing wrong or right about it. It always helps to learn and develop a skill that can help you grow rather than be scared and not do it.

The Art of Presenting

Choose what and how your present
Depending on your matter of presentation and your target audience,  you can choose what mode you would use – informative, lecture or audience interactive. For example, if you are presenting an innovative electric car to people between 18 to 25 years of age, it needs to have audience interaction, which you might not do for selling a new medical drug.

Plan, prepare, present.
 A good presentation comes from good preparation. “Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind”. Rudyard Kipling once said, “and  this drug needs to be handled very effectively and carefully when it comes to presentation.”  Plan much ahead what you are going to talk about, the tone of your content, your body language and the visual aids you want to use. Research well enough and prepare your presentation. It is essential that you know what you are talking about more than your audience does.

Be sure.
A popular management belief says, “Depth of conviction counts more than height of logic and enthusiasm is worth more than knowledge”. You should be confident about your presentation subject and yourself. You cannot sell anything if you are not convinced.

Another crucial aspect of a good presentation is to make your audience feel comfortable; Not in the subject but in your presence. A mundane subject can be made interesting by presenting it in an interesting manner. The audience needs a hook. Have an easy body language and keep your audience entertained by interaction, visuals, examples etc.

Presentation skills can be sharpened and enhanced by proper training and practice. All management institutes, even those offering Distance learning programs and part time MBA, put emphasis on public speaking.

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