Leadership lessons from young CEO Tarun Katial

The young CEO of Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd (92.7 Big FM) recently shared his experiences as a young leader. Here are some of his insights :

Culture building is the key thing : The leader’s job is to build a strong culture in the organization. A company is known for its culture. When an employee leaves, he may come back to our company, if he can’t adjust to the culture at the new organization.

How to win confidence as a new leader : A leader’s success in the new organization depends on his success with the people. Insecurity in people’s minds must be addressed quickly and surely. When a leader goes to the new organization, he should not bring ‘his’ people from outside or from his own circles. He must try and understand existing set of people and let them perform at their optimal potential without fear.

How a leader should take decisions : The values that our parents teach in childhood like honestly, transparency, humility etc. must be always remembered because these basic moral values can be our consistent compass and they can always help us in handling crisis and challenges of our work life. According to Tarun, when in confusion about taking some important, sensitive decision, one simple method can be to ask yourself “Would my parents do this to me?” or “Would I do this to my child?”. Answer to these questions may clearly provide you a way out of the dilemma.

How to identify winners in the team : Just like any sports game of Cricket, Football etc, there are two types of people : Players and Fans or spectators. Players are those who work. Who put in hard work. Who don’t run away. Who provide stability. Fans are those who look for failures and excuses for not doing or getting things done. Find out the players and fans in the organizations. Players must be nurtured. Players will provide stability always whether we may win or lose a particular game. Fans will crib, live in the past and will eventually quit. Keep the players. They provide stability, which is very vital for the success of an organization.

How to develop people : Give time to people as much as you may need to complete a task. Don’t sit on their neck. Don’t create favorites. Treat all with the only yardstick of performance. A leader’s job is to make sure that everybody in the team wins. With people, be transparent, not translucent, because your duality will become apparent soon and you will lose trust of your people. Develop an ability to be empathetic and to look within by regularly spending some time with yourself.

How to get accepted as a leader of the people elder to you : Humility is the only approach to win confidence and co-operation of people older than us. With them, we should not use Ego or Position Power. Tarun said he always calls the older people respectfully by addressing them “Sir” even if they may be structurally reporting to him.

Really, the young CEO of Big FM gave some Big lessons on leadership. May be only because of his humility and commitment towards people  development, he has moved ahead rapidly in his career. Tarun has not given up his adolescence as far as seeking guidance form parental teaching is concerned. If the child in us remembers his childhood and its learning, many of the problems of adulthood can be resolved.

Author: Sanjay Shah

Sanjay is the author of "Business Management Simplified" which provides Practical, Actionable Solutions for Entrepreneurs. It is an all-in-one guidebook to start, run and grow a small and mid-size business to the next level. He is also an SME Business Coach, Seminar Leader and Motivational/Keynote speaker, Sanjay is based in Mumbai (India). He advises many businesses on Strategy, Leadership, Marketing, Branding, Customer Experience Management and Organization Development. He conducts various self-help seminars and workshops for companies and groups in English, Hindi and Gujarati. For more info, visit : www.SanjayShahSeminar.com

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