‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress; working together is success’ 

– Henry Ford.

These famous words from one who scripted early success in the corporate world only throw light on the importance of team work as one treads the tumultuous path to success. To build a competent team that has the capability to live up to the demands and challenges that confront an organization is a far greater challenge than the competence or brilliance of the person heading it. You may be a genius but if you are not capable of putting together a competent team to give shape to your ideas, realise your dreams and take your firm to its rightful position, then success just seems to be within arm’s reach but is never really yours. What then is the success mantra? A simple shift in focus from the individual to the team—a transition from “I” to “Us” can achieve miracles often bringing the impossible within the realms of possibility.

Battles have been won, conventions broken and great fears conquered when a feeling of oneness and attainment of common goals is the agenda whether it is in the context of a Nation or an organization. Very often egos and workplace tensions hamper progress and result in high rates of attrition affecting the morale of the employees and causing bitterness to the management. A leadership style that gives greater attention to induction of employees and balances situations when team members leave ensures a stress free work atmosphere. When the happiness quotient within the organization is high success is a foregone conclusion. Leadership situations require emotional involvement where positive developments are concerned and intellectual analysis when negative issues prop up.

Responsibility is not merely the ability to take things into hand. It can be split into two words as response- ability as stated by Stephen Covey in his best seller “The Seven habits of highly effective people”.  The ability to respond to difficult situations can be termed responsibility by this definition.Proactive people are those who do not wait for things to happen but make things happen. Effective leadership ensures a plan of action, talented people to execute it and a proactive middle management that can set the ball rolling, irrespective of the external environment. Risk taking abilities are a positive trait separating the winners from the losers. Success in most cases crowns those who have the courage to remain undaunted in the face of several failures .Effective leadership gains lessons from failures and turns them around to chart the course of success. The ability to face problems directly, flexibility to change ideas that are not working and the good sense to listen to a junior colleague who comes up with better strategies are positive traits that make for effective leadership at the workplace.  An effective leader is one who uses both his head and heart and a combination of both depending on the circumstances. Success then is another milestone.

Aruna Ravikumar

Senior Broadcast and Print media journalist

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