Name: M Manoj Kumar
Title: General Manager HR & Corporate Affairs
Organisation: Aachi Masala Foods Pvt Ltd.,
Humane, Air Veteran, an aviation operations specialist, Human Capital Manager, Lawyer, Trainer & Content Writer
Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!
I hope Manoj's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
To remain humane being in Human Resources Department
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I have evolved from the ranks and files. Started my career as An air veteran, studied while up ticking career path.
I'm a life long learner, yet learning on a daily basis and aspiring to be a Director of an organisation that values humans more than its products & Services.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
My day starts with :
1. Looking at my Wife's face.
2. Have two glasses of luke warm water.
3. Read through few columns of the news paper.
4. Scroll through messages, personal mails, and social media updates.
Have few mild streching excercise in house.
6. Read for 15 mnts any book that keeps me moving.
7. Write an status update for the day that may be upping many spirits.
8. Prepare to pin the frogs and plan my strategies for the day.
8. Reach office in time.
9. Discuss theme of the day that goes with the purpose of the day and objective results for the day.
10. Wind up for the day with a sense of achievement.
11. Reach back home to spend time with family.
12. Study notes for my courses in pursuit.
13. Take a deep sleep with an hope to wake up again.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
1. To be clear with communication.
2. To explain the complex problems in simple terms and make it easy for the team to deliver.
3. Make them accountable for their inactions and cheer them for their achievements.
4. Working in organisation is with a purpose and everything thing comes after that while at work.
5. Give incremental challenges to the team down to have a sense of them achieving the previous task successfully.
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
1. Atomic Habits by James Clear.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
They shall face challenges, discrimination and humiliation but learning from it and persevering through is the true sign of evolving.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
No leader is better than his team. No machine is better than the man on the driver's seat. Metamorphically the changing morale of the hare & the tortoise story is "Seeing the tortoise win the race with his cleverness, the hare was impressed and asked the tortoise to be his friend. They decided that with their combined strengths they can do greater wonders. And, indeed their turn to show their team prowess came by soon with another race. This time, they went in as a team. In the first phase, the hare carried the tortoise on his back until the river and then the tortoise took over".