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Leadership Mastery with Parthiban Vijayaraghavan, CEO, Leaderonomics India.

Ramdas Shenoyy understanding new norms of leadership with Mr.Parthiban from Leaderonomics .

Leaderonomics– what is it into, and how does it help organizations and individuals to achieve goals?

Leaderonomics is a leadership development global organization operating in 6 Countries. We began with the purpose of transforming nations through leadership development. 

We believe that leaders from all communities can profoundly affect the social and economic health of their nation. With that social purpose in our DNA, we grew to become a self-sustaining social enterprise gaining vast experience in working with children, youth, university students, all levels of employees, management, and senior leaders to help them discover and hone their leadership abilities. Over the last 11 years of R&D on Leadership, we found the framework for Leadership. We have put that on one-pager and call it Science of Building Leaders. The same way we also created and evolved on why some organization thrives and some struggle, we believe organization which is struggling are being constrained. We came up with a model on the Science of Transforming Organizations (SOTO). This model is identifying constraints and helping them to unlock those constraints. All we do for both individuals and corporates is to help identify the limitations, facilitate them to open those constraints and help them overcome it. 

How is Leaderonomics different from Life Coaches?

We predominantly work with organizations and groups of individuals. We enable organizations and their leaders to deliver on their company strategies and achieve their goals. How we work with our partners is using our 4D approach, understanding that each organization is unique in its challenges they face, we strive to ensure we first fully understand the challenges. We start with 1. Diagnostics: We listen and understand the business and organization’s needs, challenges, and goals. 2. Design: We research and recommend the most effective strategy and plans that work for the organization. 3. Develop: We construct the details of the aligned plans and co-create when necessary to ensure active participants’ engagement during execution and finally 4. Delivery: We execute the projects and adapt if needed to maximize impact. Our suite of solutions and services are designed to support the organization’s leadership development needs, no matter the industry, types or size of your organization

Leaderonomics is an organization of over 100+ dedicated workforce globally. We cover many aspects of individual and organizational constraints. Life coaches work with individuals, whereas Leaderonomics mostly work with Cohorts and sometimes Individually. 

How do you see your journey from a Finance domain to your present role as CEO of Leaderonomics India?

An incredible journey and continuing. I started my career in finance and did a variety of roles. I enjoyed every bit of growth. As I began to grow in my career and interacted with many individuals, I enjoyed working with people, especially coaching and mentoring. I have been working outside of India for over 15 years. I wanted to come back to India and contribute, I have been thinking this for more than four years and wondering how can I help and make India a better place. While searching for the answers to my questions, I came across Leaderonomics and Roshan Thiran. I loved the vision, which is Building Leaders one at a time. Leaderonomics mission is to transform the nation through leadership development. We strongly believe that leaders drive excellence in organization, community, and country. I approached Roshan and shared my passion, and he agreed to support, and that’s how I began the journey, it is very challenging; however, incredibly fulfilling. 

The society today is being impacted by technology, wherein people have screen time but no feel time– how do you see yourself bringing in the change both as an individual and as an Organization?

This topic is very close to my heart. I have been doing a lot of research and reading on this topic. There are many research papers published on the impact of screen time on mental health. There are also some contradicting research papers on-screen time having no effect or having a positive impact on humans. This research certainly gives us insights and perspectives. My opinion is based on both the research papers, which is for and against the screen time in conjunction with personal observation, experience, and conversations with diverse professionals. The screen time is showing a steady increase across all devices. This habit has made a severe impact on communication. I have folks telling me that I am more comfortable writing an email than speaking. Increasing screen time has resulted in depression and anxiety, is more easily distracted, less emotionally stable, and had more problems finishing tasks and making friends compared to those who spent just an hour a day on screens. When we work with organizations, our design and interventions are to bring change in terms of mindset. We strive to be innovative in our delivery and communication strategy to ensure all our participants enjoy, learn, and make a genuine and sustainable effort to bring a change. We encourage collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving. We teach them a variety of ways to achieve this, including the reasonable use of technology. We succeed in bringing the best out of every individual. It is about clarity, vision, and passion for pursuing his or her dream, 99% of cases. They will reduce screen time and focus on their vision and passion. 

What would be your advice to the generation next on the qualities that they can imbibe to be a successful leader?

There are quite a few areas to focus on, let me pick the Top 3. Firstly have a compelling vision, A vision inspires action. A powerful vision pulls in ideas, people, and other resources. It creates energy and will to make change happen. If one does not have clarity of what he/she should be spending the time, efforts, and resources, then what to expect from followers? Leaders need to be clear and need to continually remind themselves to avoid any distractions and getting caught in the noise. Secondly: Having Strong and uncompromising Ethics and Values: Compromising Ethics and Values for short term gain is a failed strategy. It looks promising, exciting, and motivating. However, be aware of its deception. Strong ethics and values will percolate to all the followers quickly if Leaders have compromising ethics and values then expect the same from others, and then the collecting impact is catastrophic. Having strong and uncompromising ethics and values is not easy. Many times this trait will be tested for leaders, and each time, a leader needs to show consistent behavior. Even if a person is not leading a team, the same action is expected as in today’s times, everyone is watching, and this trait becomes a persons’ branding. Thirdly: Genuinely Serve others: If you want to be a great leader, it should never be about yourself, it should always be about others, how do you serve? Think about what’s in it for them? Collaborate and work with others, what we call is Servant leadership. It is a leadership philosophy in which the primary goal of the leader is to serve others. This philosophy is different from traditional Leadership, where the leader’s primary focus is the thriving of their company or organizations. Servant Leader shares power puts the needs of the employees first and helps people develop and perform to their best. When leaders shift their mindset and serve first, they benefit as well as their employees in that their employees acquire personal growth. At the same time, the organization grows as well due to the employee’s increasing commitment and engagement.

What is success to you?

For me, its very simple: feeling that tingle of excitement about what I do, sticking with what matters through hard times, living a life I can feel proud of in retrospect. The definition of success to me is internal. I will admit with honestly that about a decade back, it was very external and associated with material things, however, when I embarked on my vision with complete dedication and passion, I came across such great people, resources, books, and experiences, which changed my definition of success. It’s all about me, and how I progress, how am I doing as compared to the previous day, week, month, and a year. How have I made an impact on people and make an impact on people who I touch each day?. I have to say that success is not the goal. Success is the process. A journey. It’s the way I feel and the energy that is created on my way to the goal. It’s me, striving for something. I love the quote from Mark Cuban and resonates very well with me is “To me, the definition of success is waking up in the morning with a smile on your face, knowing it’s going to be great“.

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About Ramdas Shenoyy

Ramdas Shenoyy is a senior marketing and communications professional with over two decades of working across industries and domains.
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