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Workplace Expert - Answered on May 25, 2024

Krishna Kumar is the founder and CEO of GoMoTech, a company that provides strategic consulting in B2B sales, performance management and digital transformation.
Before branching out on his own, he worked with companies like Microsoft, Rediff, Flipkart and InMobi.
With over 25 years of experience under his belt, KK is a regular speaker at industry events and academic intuitions, both in India as well as abroad.
KK completed his MBA in marketing from the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Andhra Pradesh and his management development programme from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
He has also completed his LLB from Nagpur University and diploma in PR from Bhavan’s College of Management, Nagpur, where he was awarded a gold medal.... more
Amol Question by Amol on Apr 25, 2024Hindi
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Dear Sir, I am working as Branch Manager in cooperative Bank. Due to staff under me are non competent, not self started, motivated and also reluctant to do work without taking follow up I am facing many issues and as a responsible I have to work overtime. What should I do to become good leader?

Ans: Hello Sir

Leadership is about inspiring people to be their best. People don't work as per our expectations but we can inspire them to be their best.

Suggest following

1. Understand strength and weakness of each of your staff.

2. Sit one on one with them and ask them how you can help them given their strength

3. Be patient with them, change doesn't happen in one go...it's not like a on - off switch...it takes time.

4. Be sincerely and genuinely interested in the growth of your team, keep that as your focus and I am sure your team will reciprocate with positive changes.

All the best.
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None of us knew what the Pandemic would mean and what it would do to our businesses or work or home. It has managed to create new situations that we have no idea of how to handle.

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