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7 Questions on Leadership with Rajan Johri

Name: Rajan Johri


Organisation: LeadWynn

Rajan Johri is a Fellow of CIPD, UK. He holds Post Graduate Qualifications in Anthropology, Management and Organization Behavior. He researched at the Department of Management at IIT Delhi and holds practice certificate of NEBOSH UK. Rajan’s work spans 30+ years with small, medium and large organizations in India, South East Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East in human resources, organization development and general management in IT, Oil & Gas, Pharmaceutical, Education, Real Estate and Automotives. His last overseas assignment was as CEO of MB Informatics India for the MB Petroleum Group, Oman. In this role, UPES honored him as their Academic Ambassador to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. His last employment in India was with HCL Technologies as Principal Consultant, Organization Effectiveness Group and Founding Director of Shiv Nadar University. Currently he serves as Managing Director of LeadWynn, a a Service Science based Change & Transformation firm.

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

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


Jonno White

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

Organization Design

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

Learning from seniors, peers and juniors

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

Doing those tasks first that I like the least, taking short breaks from work, meeting two colleagues every day and three customers every week.

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

Co creating solutions is the prime task.

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?

Conscious Business by Fred Kofman

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

Keep learning and improving the effectiveness of every transaction every time.

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

No one noticed that the Leader was out of office for several days. Results were delivered, there were no escalations and business grew on its own.

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