In his current role at Aviva, Amit Malik leads the people function, business operations, and customer service divisions along with administration. In a candid conversation with People Matters, the senior HR leader shared his thoughts on being a people leader; selection criteria for hiring, and the last book he read on leadership.
Who is the one leader you look up to?
What is the one leadership lesson you learned on the go as a People Leader?
You are as good as the team.
How digitally ready are you as a leader on a scale of one to ten?
I am at Seven is what I feel.
What should leaders do: create more leaders or create more followers, and why?
Create more leaders as the world has a shortage of inspiring leaders.
One thing that makes you passionate about your work
Opportunity to help the organization and employees achieve their goals.
What matters to you most, effort or outcome?
Outcome (‘learning’ and ‘adapting fast’ that comes from a failed effort is also an outcome)
Three key learnings that you have picked up from your team
People are often not aware of what they are capable of achieving. Work is not an end but a means to an end. Recognition is here and now.
What’s the one most important factor you consider when hiring someone?
Leadership potential, a learning mindset, and achievement orientation
What sort of leader would your team say that you are?
A people focussed leader who always empowers and challenges the team.