Open your ‘I’s for effective leadership

The backbone of effective and successful leadership is the set of ‘Seven Vertebrae’ but better known as the ‘SEVEN I’s. If one can recognise them, work upon them and eventually
27 Feb 2016 19:41
Open your ‘I’s for effective leadership

The backbone of effective and successful leadership is the set of ‘Seven Vertebrae’ but better known as the ‘SEVEN I’s.

If one can recognise them, work upon them and eventually master them, their success in Managerial as well as leadership execution can be greatly assured.

It is believed that by awakening each of these ‘Vertebrae’ (The SEVEN I’s) the leader can surely and successfully strengthen the ‘BACKBONE of LEADERSHIP’

Let us look at each one of them with greater intensity and focus.

Mayur Kalbag is a Leadership Coach, Corporate Trainer & Author. He mainly focusses upon Training and Human Resource Development through ‘Specifically Designed Seminars and Conferences. He can be contacted via email:

Innovate – in today’s world, we must not use yesterday’s methods, to be successful in tomorrow’s business.
It means that in the present age of business, not only the leader but also every member of his team must continuously think and generate new IDEAS for growth.
Thinking out of the box is the prime requirement of today’s manager.
Hence the leader must take it upon himself to motivate himself and also his team to work with their respective minds and think of new ways of doing the same things or develop totally new and path-breaking ideas.

Invest – People think investing is mostly related to money. But it must be understood that one of the important attributes of leaders is their attitude to invest, not money, but their TIME. Yes!!! Leaders must invest their time, just thirty minutes of their time on three specific activities: Reading; Writing and Observing. It is not that all the three have to be done together but any of these must be executed upon.
This investment of thirty minutes every week can turn into a highly Self Developmental initiative taken by that person. Reading can help add supreme knowledge and value for the leader. Writing can help him open up his creative and innovative quality and observing his surroundings can help him learn about human behaviour too!

Inspire – just like the best car without the FUEL, the best resource in an organisation without the attitude of Inspiration can become a waste in the organisation. Yes! The urge and the inner force to do something and for going beyond one’s own capacity can happen only when the person is inspired. Many a time, the Leader must play the role of the Inspirer.
By acknowledging efforts as well as providing constructive feedback a leader can very effectively inspire his team to perform better and thereby enhance productivity of the entire team as well. Apart from acknowledging as well as appreciating, the leader can inspire by creating new and relevant ‘challenges’ along with sensible guidance, mentoring and ‘hand-holding’

Impermeable – the true success of a leader is his or her ability to stay strong and resistant. But resistant not to failure or crisis, but to the typical negative effects that can occur  on due to those failures.
It is extremely critical for him to stay strong and solid in the face of expected or unexpected crisis and chaos in both the professional and personal spheres of life.
Though it is not easy to remain impermeable, it is still one of the main requirements of the leader. The leader’s strong attitude towards dealing with failure as well as stressfull situations can itself act a very powerful motivator for his team.

Improvement – Leaders may be happy with a result but must be pleasantly dissatisfied. I say this in the context of the situation where despite success, the leader must say to his team that there is more to achieve than what has been achieved. The attitude for further improvement which eventually would lead to further and higher success is very important.
Even when the performance is down, the leader must look at how he can improve his team and guide them towards future success.
The leader will succeed exponentially only when he begins to ask, how can I improve my sales further, how can I improve my production with new technology, how can I make my Human Resource world class in terms of new and employee-developmental and friendly HR initiatives.
The constant urge to improve himself and everything around him is a very important aspect of the leader.

Impart – Leaders must learn the techniques of ‘Imparting’ which in other words means Training or Teaching. They must once in a month have their teams to attend trainings on relevant topics and these trainings must be conducted by the Leaders themselves and not always by an external faculty. Trainings are very important for every employee of the organisation and it becomes more effective when their own leader takes the initiative to conduct the trainings even if they are for an hour or two. Through the process of Imparting the leader also gets to polish his communication skills as well as creates opportunities for the teams to learn more!

Isolate – the seventh ‘I’ is by far the one that a leader ‘must’ do. There is tendency for successful people to put in long hours in office and also work from home too! Though it would be all the in the interest of the organisation it is vital for the leader to once in a while completely isolate himself from everything that he is connected to.
It is greatly beneficial when that leader takes a break and goes to a place of ‘quiet’ and Pleasant Stillness. Such isolation acts a tremendous catalyst for new thoughts and highly inspiring foresight.
It also allows for Self-introspection. But along with this, isolation also helps the leader to acquire mental relaxation and becomes an energy booster too.


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