MS Dhoni, renowned as most successful captain of Indian Cricket team, is also famous throughout the world for his peculiar leadership style. MS Dhoni is popularly known as “Captain Cool”.Starting career in 2004, almost a decade before in International cricket, as an aggressive hard hitter and a thriller to bowler, Dhoni converted him into a cool, patient captain with a new philosophy.
Let us see his credentials before learning from his career some important lessons:
Indian cricket team achieved below status under his leadership-
1. First ICC World Twenty20 victory in South Africa in September 2007.
2. Team India became No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time in December 2009.
3. Dhoni has 22 Test wins, one more than Ganguly who held the record of highest test match win previously.
4. Dhoni captained India in 45 Test matches having won 22, lost 12 and drawn 11 to achieve a total win percentage of 48.88.
5. Dhoni led Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings to back-to-back IPL titles (2010 and 2011).
Making India to climb the top of the table was not only due to MS Dhoni, but many fantastic players like Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, ViratKohli, etc., but as we know without a proper leader this won’t be possible.
So, what makes him so special, which qualities made him so popular and of course some people say that it is his luck but being scientific and realistic, let’s learn from every angle that made God’s wish and Man’s desire to coincide. And even Sachin appreciated him after World Cup victory. “These are some of the human qualities which have made him such a good captain. I think that is what has made him a good leader.”
Lessons from Dhoni’s Leadership to an aspirant leader:
- Leader has to be humble in way to reflect part and parcel of the team and not above the team.Make everyone in the team sense that even though we are leaders, we are just one among them. You can really observe that he never shouts on players and never shows dominance.
- Give sincere respect and trust to the team members.When Ganguly was playing his last match, as a motion of respect, Dhoni asked Ganguly to take charge of the team when the ninth Aussie wicket fell. Whenever he has an opportunity, he showers his players with admirations.
- Allow team mates to experiment and leader should take risk whenever necessary.Think of, he gave the last over to Joginder Sharma who doesn’t have much a track record., By putting such a person in front of a perplexing task, it tells the person that the leader has confidence in his abilities and will be fired up to put in 120 per cent. This happened with Joginder Sharma in two critical matches, where he was hit all around the ground and still given the last over. He delivered on both instances!
- In case of failure or fiasco, encourage him / her to introspect and do it next time with more vigor and better planning.We should also believe in the ones who failed in the Team. At critical times a team member who was not able to deliver might do miracles.
- As a leader, be calm in extreme circumstances. When team members see their leader calm in extreme situations, they will not be rattled. It will enable them to focus on their work and do what is expected of them.Dhoni was always calm – whether the bowler started off the last over in the finals with a wide ball or the batsman played a series of dot balls in a slog over.
- Don’t push, just pull them with their own interest.If you notice, instead of pressing teammates to win, Dhoni told them to just enjoy the game. Also, he has mentioned at several forums that he believes to live in the present and not worry about future or past. Dhoni’s leadership style represents teamwork, empowerment and confidence.
- We should be a performer and we should exhibit the same to our team. Performance is itself the most effective communication down the line. We can clearly observe this that Dhoni do not continuously advice bowler about line, length, delivery, etc. He lets the player play normally with his own instinct.
- Share the glory of success with your team members and praise them in public.This you can see after white wash of Australia Dhoni told to media, “Credit goes to the team and the support staff. Winning most matches as captain is a collective effort, and credit goes to each and every one. We’ve gone through a period we didn’t win many games.”
- Above all believe in every member in the team. This can help you to make use of every resource available to you.Dhoni utilizes every team member at his disposal and brings out the best performance whether he is a senior or junior player. He provides opportunity for every team member to prove themselves and contribute to the best of their abilities.Optimal utilization of resources, which is vital for any business.
- 10. Keep short term goals, Live in present, Believe in action and Don’t worry about results.“We are not thinking about what may happen if we achieve or what may happen if we don’t succeed because those two things are beyond our control. So rather than thinking about something that’s too much ahead of us it is very important to take every game in the right frame of mind and that is what will be our process throughout the tournament,” cleared Dhoni is forthright, straightforward cricketer unburdened by the baggage that generally accompanies a man onto the field.
In a nutshell, we can say that leadership quality of Dhoni teaches us to be calm, focused, positive, open-minded, patient and of-course cool that one can become thoughtful. I personally admire him because even after coming from a middle class, he is able to digest success. Hope this supplement may be helpful for all of us to do something “meaningful specific” in our life.