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7 Questions on Leadership with P Kalyana Chakravarthy

Name: P Kalyana Chakravarthy

Title: Vice President

Organisation: Standard Chartered Bank

As a results-driven and passionate operations executive, I possess extensive experience in handling complex technology and strategic pilot programs, which allows me to bring a distinctive combination of skills to drive operational excellence. Throughout my career, I have demonstrated a successful track record of leading inclusive teams and implementing effective people management strategies.

My strengths lie in recruiting top-notch talent, offering comprehensive training, and providing mentorship to individuals across all levels within support, operations, and program management.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope P Kalyana's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Among the various aspects of leadership, I consider Perception Management to be one of the most challenging. Consequently, I have devoted efforts to ensure that we maintain consistent and effective communication with all teams and their members.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

Initially, I held the misconception that stepping into a people manager role automatically meant becoming a leader. However, as I advanced in my career, I came to understand that true leadership involves prioritizing people and leading by example. This realization became a turning point, and since then, I have never looked back or sought fancy titles to validate my leadership status. Instead, I have focused on embodying the qualities of a genuine leader.

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

Apart from my scheduled meetings, I maintain a dynamic and engaging routine throughout the day with numerous interactions. I remain vigilant for opportunities to assist various teams within my organization. My day usually concludes with quality time spent with family and enjoying my regular dose of Netflix entertainment.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Leaders don't need titles.

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?

I cannot credit my knowledge to any specific book alone. However, I can confidently state that my understanding stems from a collection of human-centric design books, as well as books that offer valuable insights on what not to do as a leader.

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

As a young leader, my one crucial piece of advice would be to prioritize continuous learning and growth. Embrace every opportunity to expand your knowledge, develop new skills, and gain diverse experiences. Being a leader is a journey of constant improvement, and your willingness to learn and adapt will not only enhance your leadership abilities but also inspire and empower those you lead. Remember, the more you invest in your personal and professional growth, the more impactful and successful your leadership journey will be.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

As a leader, I firmly believe that every small gesture makes a difference. To be an engaging leader, we don't necessarily require elaborate meetings or engagement sessions. Sometimes, a simple act like leaving a candy on someone's desk or taking a 10-minute walk around the floor each day to greet and wish the team can have a profound impact. I prefer keeping leadership straightforward and effective by focusing on these meaningful yet straightforward actions.

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