Business Today 14th January 2018 - Page 134

The Best Management Lesson I Learnt ILLUSTRATIONS BY RAJ VERMA most important aspect of any corporation is its people. And people want to be led, not managed. Building strong teams is easier said than done. For starters, the leader needs to be very confident and must not have insecurities. For an insecure leader, the opposite holds true – surround yourself with pygmies and you will look tall. And the other very important aspect of building a winning team is the ability to delegate well. There is no point in building a fantastic team and then micromanag- ing everything. Another learning has been about effective delegation. All leaders must remember, though, that they are only delegating authority, not responsibility. The responsibility stays with the leader, but he/she trusts the team or team member enough to delegate his/her authority to them. It brings me to another leadership lesson that I learnt from my father. It is about trust. How can you delegate if you do not trust the people in your team? How do you take that first leap of faith and entrust your team member with an assignment, which is of huge importance to your organisation? My father used to tell me that there are two ways 134 I BUSINESS TODAY I January 14 I 2018