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Leadership Management Insights: Prabir Jha, President & Global Chief People Officer, Cipla

 Leadership Management Insights: Prabir Jha, President & Global Chief People Officer, Cipla

 

We have featured a short interview with Prabir Jha, President & Global Chief People Officerl at Cipla and he is sharing some leadership insights:

 

Leaders play a key role in shaping the future of any organization especially w.r.t. their human capital, what is your view on the same?

 

Indeed leaders make an organisation what it becomes. The quality of talent and the organisational culture are fundamental outcomes of leadership in action. Leaders finally own and role model the human capital philosophy of the organisation, irrespective what may have been formally articulated. A lot of what a company or its reputation becomes is thus a reflection of its leadership.

 

What according to you are the key traits of a leader in an organization?


There is no cookie cutter framework for leaders in different organisations. Each organisation must build its leadership not as an accident but as a deliberate strategic choice, flowing from its business imperatives and organisational strategy. Having said that, some things that seem very non-negotiable would be high integrity, ability to envision & inspire, tenacity of purpose, a talent mindset, the ability to deal with ambiguity and the capacity to drive change.

 

What measures can organizations take to find and develop leaders within their set-up?


This is a book in itself. First articulate your firm's leadership essentials. Communicate what you look for potential leaders. Then aggressively look for those who show signs of these. You can run formal assessment centres, talent reviews, spot people in their daily jobs and bubble them up- all are possible ways.


Development of leaders rarely happens in classrooms. Some education and inputs will help but the best way is to place potential leaders in a variety of stretch projects and roles. Get them coached and mentored by a variety of senior leaders. Take risks on them. Get them to lead better talent. Always get them out of their comfort zones. In the process, those who succeed across a variety of situations are the ones you should really be betting on to develop the most.


What is your take on leaders and leadership w.r.t. Indian corporate world (challenges, opportunity, measures to improve etc)

 

Most leaders do not invest in their own redundancy. One of the key reasons they do not take the bets they can with talent. Self preservation has preceded leadership development with them. The fear of failure makes this worse. The VUCA reality is a wonderful opportunity to leverage. It is not about years of experience but the possibilities that will drive the next generation leaders. The opportunities of disruptive thinking, re-imagining, leading through ambiguity, influencing stakeholders, attracting and building talent will all take a different meaning today. The trick is to actively allow talent access to these challenges and opportunities. Present bosses must move to becoming coaches and enablers. The magic will follow. Merit will rise to the top.

 

Profile: Prabir Jha is President & Global Chief People Officer at Cipla. 

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