A maximum number of employees look up to their leaders and learn critical nuances of their professional lives from them. But, how are leaders enhancing themselves in the digital age? Are leaders creating more leaders or followers? As part of our #LeadTheWay series, in a Rapid Fire interview with People Matters, Managing Director of Woodland, Harkirat Singh shares his thoughts on leaders and leadership. Read the edited excerpts here.
Who is the one leader you look up to?
Bill Gates. He has always inspired me to focus on the product before anything else. The product makes the brand, and nothing else matters.
What is the one leadership lesson you learned on the go as a People Leader?
Invest in teamwork with dedication & hard work and believe in your team.
How digitally ready are you as a leader on a scale of one to ten?
Digitalization is the new face of the industry & I mark myself 9.
One thing that you consider as your strength and one thing that you would like to improve on?
I like to always think with a calm mind, be it for day to day activities or even in case of crisis. That I feel is my strength and works to my advantage. As they say ‘Calm is a super power’. I would like to improve my handwriting (laughs).
What should leaders do: create more leaders or create more followers and why?
Leaders should create more leaders. That would result in more self-standing and motivating resources.
One thing that makes you passionate about your work.
To continue taking Woodland to newer and higher heights.
What matters to you most, effort or outcome?
I believe in effort, as efforts are never a waste of time. It either results in outcome or teaches you to improve with each attempt.
What sort of leader would your team say that you are?
You will have to ask them to be honest but I’d like to believe that I am a motivating and supporting leader.