8 Skills That Will Make You An Effective Leader


By Somali K Chakrabarti

‘Mostly leaders are born. Some inherit leadership. Some come by default.’ These statements coming from an acquaintance on social media induced me to write this post.

When we think of leadership, traits such as charisma, authority, courage, oratory skills easily and instinctively come to our mind. These qualities are associated with great leaders or inspirational figures such as Margaret Thatcher, M. K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr.or Churchill and most these seem to be inborn qualities.

It goes without saying that not all of us can have the style, presence or oratory skills of these great historical figures. Just like some people are gifted singers, while many others struggle to strike the right notes, some people are naturally bestowed with a charismatic persona, while others are not.

Does it mean that in absence of inborn leadership traits, one cannot be a leader? Let us dig into it a bit more. Here I list down 8 key traits of leaders, in an attempt to identify which of these leadership skills can be developed. . .

 1. Clarity of Purpose


A purpose can change a life from ordinary to extraordinary.

Only an individual with clarity of purpose can inspire, motivate and align people with his vision. This key leadership quality can be attributed to a great extent to the situations that a person is exposed to and how one reacts to them. Some people, albeit a few, find their calling at a young age. However, for most of us, it may take ages to figure out what the purpose in life is and many of us may never find it at all.

This, however, is not a reason to fret about.  Read more

How to learn from your bad decisions


 By Somali K Chakrabarti



Learning from your decisions

Good decisions come from experience, and experience comes from bad decisions.

If you can improve your decisions by observing the bad decisions made by others, you are gifted beyond doubt!

However, the fact remains that out of all the decisions that we make at each and every stage of our life and in our career, only some are good choices. We are all likely to make bad decisions at some point or the other.

Well, it is more definitely more comforting to know that you can put your bad decisions to good use by learning from them. Enhancing your ability to make better decisions should go a long way in improving your personal life as well as your efficiency and productivity at work.

Let’s have a go at how to learn from the bad choices that you may have made in the past.

The first step towards learning from your past decisions is to realize 

Not all your bad decisions are mistakes.


Differentiating between a bad decision and a mistake


At times, you are faced with situations where you do not have a clue what the best choice might be. You may have to respond very quickly and may not have enough time to gather information. In such situations, you bank on your intuitions to arrive at conclusions and take the necessary actions.

decision dice

But then, intuitions are also hardwired with cognitive biases, which substantially influence your thinking. While the use of intuitions certainly helps you to make your choices quickly and rather implicitly, it can at times, lead to errors in your decisions.

Alternately, there would be situations where you would have made the wrong choice in spite of knowing that it is not really the right thing to do, but you took the risk believing that you will get away with it.

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Leadership lessons from the life of Nelson Mandela



Nelson Mandela
Illustration by Manas Maisnam courtesy Kanglaonline.com

On 18th of July, in the year 1918,  Nelson Mandela was born in the village of Mvezo in South Africa, who grew up to be anti apartheid revolutionary, served as the President  of South Africa and became a great champion of humanity for the world.

Here are some quotes from Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations


On life

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.

On death

Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.

On determination

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.

On time 

I never think of the time I have lost. I just carry out a programme because it’s there. It’s mapped out for me. Read more

Why you must build Professional Networks



Networking is establishing and maintaining informal relationships with people whose acquaintance or friendship could bring advantages such as job or business opportunities. Professional networking is a critical skill that is required for succeeding at workplace or in business. Building a strong professional network doesn’t happen overnight; these relationships have to be cultivated over time. Read more

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