In today’s blog post our Indian active community member, Ashutosh Mishra, provides us with his views about responsible leadership. Currently, he is working in the Education Technology Industry. He studied Anant Fellowship, class of 2018-19, and pursued his Electrical Engineering degree from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Class of 2012-16. He was previously invited by Harvard University in 2018 to deliver a speech on his journey of acceptance towards his sexuality and the importance of Diversity & Inclusion (including Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders, Queer, Intersex) at the workplace. He is currently a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum in New Delhi.
From the time I have been exposed to the Japanese concept of life, Ikigai, I have recognized a few things about myself that very much relate to my authenticity and being my best at what I do. One thing that has stood out for me in my journey so far is the power of communications. As a responsible leader, I imagine a world where diversity, ownership of both successes and failures is at the core of life. Stepping out of the blame game and taking complete ownership, being ethically driven. Diversity in terms of gender, sexuality, opinion, color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social-economic status, etc is given importance in business. There are a lot of companies in the world that are currently tapping the pink economy. Imagine the situation for an organization that is not inclusive, it is not just a failure of the decision-making team but also a failure to get the best talent. Handling criticism is something that I am still learning as a person, for it is a skill to be developed. Creating a system that helps people in bringing their authentic selves at the workplace because of the removal of any biases that humans possess, would result in increased productivity and focus shifted from constantly lying about personal lives with colleagues to bringing authentic self at work.
The core skills that I believe would be necessary for anyone to be a responsible leader would be encompassing the skills such as empathy, leadership, problem-solving, communications, and teamwork. Empowering individuals by creating support groups that work towards creating inclusive policies along with providing voices to groups such as women, LGBTQ, etc to bring a social change. These networks will benefit both at the personal and professional level for an individual in his/her/their lifetimes.
How I envision a workplace that is led by a responsible leader is characterized by certain aspects as given below which not only include delivering the best at work but also be driven by the idea of creating some impact outside of work.
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