Sunday, March 11, 2007

Leadership lessons from The Wall

9, 17, 65, 0, 18, 11, DNB, 19, 12, 46


Well, this has been the performance of Sehwag in the last 10 matches he played. An average of 21.88. Not impressive by any standards, let alone International cricket.

However put this question to Dravid, and this is what he shoots back

"It's not like I'm supporting Joe Blogs or some Ramdin or something. This is a kid who's got 300 runs, someone who has done some things in international cricket. I get asked this question, 'Okay, you are supporting Sehwag.' I wonder if it's Joe Blogs or something I'm supporting?"

Strong words from the Wall.

A very subtle but strong hint for Sehwag to pull up his socks.

We all know Dravid’s great technical ability but here he shows his leadership skills is something every aspiring leader should learn a thing or two.

I always believe as a leader, you should have immense faith in your team. Dravid, by sticking out his head and supporting him here, would have imbibed a great sense of confident in Sehwag.

With the selectors and Indians all over vouching for Sehwag’s exit, I bet it would have been tough for Dravid to shout back his support for him, but as a leader Dravid has played his cards well.

This not only gives Sehwag the much needed support, but the other team members will be queuing up to win Dravid’s confidence. This also doubles the team's unity and improves the camaraderie in the team.

Now usually one can see captains speaking for their non performing members with caution and advice, you know something like “well he is a good player, and we hope he does well” and stuff like that.

But from Sehwag’s perspective, his captain by sticking his head out and backing him up will be ten times better than a backroom one to one talk.

Hmm.I wouldn’t be surprised if Sehwag comes out with blazing performance in the World cup.

So, next time one of your team members is not performing up to the mark and if you have the confidence him/her, then shout out your confidence to the stakeholders! It really is a win-win coz if the poor guy manages to perform, your respect among everyone will soar and if he doesnt, you will still not lose the support of your teammates.


Vik said...

I know the feeling to back someone and all that. But there is a time when you as a leader should have a far sight to say when to let go of a non performer. That will just bring the whole scheme of things down. Just like the opening game in WC. That also is a major big job as a captain I think. Shewag was one who just did not perform after the 300 he made 3-4 years back. I leave the thinking to you.

Karthik Krishnan said...

Point taken!
But one of the worst things to do when someone is not performing is to put more pressure on him..Everyone goes through a lean patch and sehwag is no exception....