New Manager

Gratitude, the glue that binds teams

D. Murali | Updated on May 15, 2011 Published on May 15, 2011

Evolutionary Leadership: A holistic perspective Naveen Khajanchi



A good leader is one who can listen to and appreciate others and yet maintain objectivity, writes Naveen Khajanchi in Evolutionary Leadership: A holistic perspective (EastWest). This, in his view, is often the secret of successful team action, because when people feel they have been listened to before the action is taken, they are more aligned to it.

The author cautions against meetings that focus on what cannot be done or achieved, where the entire discussion is about pitfalls. “Later, we smirk when it goes wrong since that is all we were hoping for all along. This is nothing to be proud of.”

The healthy alternative is to have objective discussions that can solve issues, where feedback is shared, and participants agree to disagree. “But once a decision has been taken we should work towards it as team-players…”

The glue that keeps teams together is gratitude, notes the author. He describes it as a credit to your account which automatically comes up whenever you meet the team members.

“After our work is done and when there is no agenda to be pursued then it is a unique skill to go out of one's way to thank and remember the benefactor. People when not in powerful positions need to be given this comfort by us as often as we can.”

Good thoughts: It may seem old-fashioned to have a chapter titled ‘good thoughts,' but it has important insights such as that while it is important to be objective in life, it is far more important to not run people down. The trick is to train your mind to be able to stop, rather pre-empt, negativity, and gradually you will begin to see positive results, guides Khajanchi.

He rues that we often erroneously only acknowledge people with position and public image as being successful. “Look around and you will see so many people making a difference in their chosen fields. Each person doing his/ her role well is vital, as without their contribution the wheel will not turn.”



Published on May 15, 2011

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus crisis has changed the world completely in the last few months. All of us have been locked into our homes, economic activity has come to a near standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favourite business and financial newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted across the country, leaving readers without access to newspapers. Newspaper delivery agents have also been unable to service their customers because of multiple restrictions.

In these difficult times, we, at BusinessLine have been working continuously every day so that you are informed about all the developments – whether on the pandemic, on policy responses, or the impact on the world of business and finance. Our team has been working round the clock to keep track of developments so that you – the reader – gets accurate information and actionable insights so that you can protect your jobs, businesses, finances and investments.

We are trying our best to ensure the newspaper reaches your hands every day. We have also ensured that even if your paper is not delivered, you can access BusinessLine in the e-paper format – just as it appears in print. Our website and apps too, are updated every minute, so that you can access the information you want anywhere, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy cost. As you are aware, the lockdowns have wiped out almost all our entire revenue stream. Sustaining our quality journalism has become extremely challenging. That we have managed so far is thanks to your support. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – for your support.

I appeal to all or readers to help us navigate these challenging times and help sustain one of the truly independent and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is easy. You can help us enormously simply by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We offer several affordable subscription plans for our website, which includes Portfolio, our investment advisory section that offers rich investment advice from our highly qualified, in-house Research Bureau, the only such team in the Indian newspaper industry.

A little help from you can make a huge difference to the cause of quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism
This article is closed for comments.
Please Email the Editor
You have read 1 out of 3 free articles for this week. For full access, please subscribe and get unlimited access to all sections.