Great leaders create leaders. They build people, relations and keep on nourishing them with positive energy, empathy and immense sense of forbearance.
Sofi Zahoor – an acclaimed motivational speaker and global leadership award winner – made these remarks during a session here at the J&K Bank Corporate Headquarters in presence of Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed. He was speaking about the 'Role of Leadership in Current Times'.
Those attending the session included Executive President SS Sehgal, President Nishi Baru, Vice Presidents, Sectional Heads and other officers of the bank.
"J&K Bank is one of the most respectable institutions in the country today. As leading bank in the state, you guys are doing a wonderful job of managing finances of over a million families, their businesses, education and other personal needs. And your leader is a fine blend of personal humility and professional will," he said.
While deliberating upon the subject of leadership skills, the speaker discussed ample examples regarding importance of communication, teamwork, collective intelligence towards realisation of collective organizational goals.
The speaker said that the paradigm shift witnessed by the global market is mainly because of extremely demanding customers, growing desire for speed in change, thin margins and granulation of market.
Citing the most critical and futuristic skills that good leaders must possess to succeed, he said, "All the leaders who will succeed in times to come shall be best communicators besides being better at adopting technology, connecting with people and dealing with ambiguity."
"Modern leadership is all about realizing the power of collective intelligence, which always happens by cultivating positive energies within the organisation. And good leaders always challenge the status quo while working in and with teams transforming professional tasks of individuals into guided missions for the collective welfare of larger humanity," he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman and CEO Parvez Ahmed extended gratitude to the speaker for sparing his valuable time and sharing his key insights about the leadership of thought and practice with his team.
The Chairman said, "Many of the things like collective intelligence that were discussed in the session are a matter of practice at J&K Bank. Most of the times our best decisions come from our operational level managers because of their being in the middle of it and thus pragmatic nature. It is this kind of collective intelligence that has mostly helped us to deal with more complex challenges in the conflict situation and succeed."
"At J&K Bank, we have learned to look for opportunity in every crisis. And we begin our day trying and finding positivity around us," he said.
However, he emphasized upon the need for more of such knowledge-sharing sessions in future.
"Technology adoption at mid and top level management is an area to be focused and it will be taken care of," he said.
Afterwards, there was a vibrant question-answer session which was appreciated by the learned speaker as one of the best sessions he witnessed anywhere in the world.
"The worth of audience can be assessed only by the quality of questions and remarks one can have in such types of knowledge-sharing programmes. I think this one is the best so far," he concluded.
Notably, Sofi Zahoor, who works as Senior Director India (HR & Operations) with Quark Inc., has been awarded as among the 50 Top Most Talented HR Leaders in Asia by Global HRD Congress in 2013. He is a renowned motivational speaker and has delivered more than 500 sessions at different organizations, universities, colleges and schools at global level.