My return query is,Are you a frontline leader or a backend one? Seeing their flummoxed faces makes me share some gates to ladder up your career Both frontline and backend leaders require customer centricitybut their leadership activities have some seminal differences Business schools offer umpteen courses for successful leadership Theories galore blab on traits and styles of assuming authorityincluding B F Skinners famous positive reinforcement theory where a positive stimulus like praising employees modifies their behaviour towards increased productivity Empirical research suggests that leaders in companies like Frito-Lay3MGoodrichMichigan Bell among others have effectively used reinforcement to get higher performance at lower costs But lets look at hard facts on leading with customer sensitivity The frontline leader works in a non-captiveopen environment thats not under his/her control A strong public relations mental framework is essential to perform here Moving situations at any odd corner of the globe can impact your factorys deliveryor your companys share priceyour brands imageyour customers safety from a terrorist attack backlasha flash flood can wipe away your overseas warehouseeven a sex scandal involving your companys board director can shake business Anything can happen on an everyday basis in the world external to youand youthe frontline honchohave to deal with it The backend leader must be an outstanding process master with seamless capability to drive cross-functional teams At every junctureits the customer who drives the backend leaders approach It could be quality consciousnessor exceptional vendor management knowledge and capability to extract the vendors R&D ingenuity and prioritise it for your company An outside-in approach that brings the outside environment inside the company is the most efficacious way to lead from the backend Especially in the Indian contextlet me take you through 10 leadership gates Ive found to be critical to gain business results 1 Prioritise your focus: On customerthe markets competitive environmentvendorstalent pool 2 Power to synthesise analytics: Outstanding capability to extract insights from customers and market competitorsto collate facts that cannot be questionedso as to synthesise analytics Your capability to find meaningful patterns that are relevant in business analysis has to be superior to others 3 Confidence to believe in yourself: Self-confidence cannot be based on rote learning It has to be experienced with learningfailureadaptation and refinement A leaders analytical capability builds confidence for the team Whereas overconfidence can destroy behaviour patterns and work efficiency of cross-functional teams Comic actor Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) said: “You have to believe in yourselfthats the secret Even in the orphanagewhen I was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eatI thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world” 4 Decision making: A leaders decision ammunition is the ability of analytical synthesis with high quality of competitive market insights Flawless decision making is critical for a leaderbut its human that flaws can creep in As a leader you should be flexible to quickly correct earlier decisions made to rectify the flaw 5 Proof of delivery excellence: The leaders past delivery excellence has to be proven to establish his/her ability to lead Delivery excellence should not be explained or discussedit should be concrete with numbers for anyone to see 6 Cross-functional teamwork: You as the leader should effectively use the competency of different professionals in various functions as a converging point for business results You have to orchestrate everyones performance The Western classical music conductor is at once the bossinspirer and controller of the performance of renowned musicians People that the leader chooses to be surrounded with are a very big factor too as that can lead to criticism about whos done what 7 Accountability with value of time: For managing a project of any sizeyou are accountable for what shows as the bottomline A leader has multiple tasksbut each task has to be accountable as 365 days cannot be stretched to 367 days The value of time is an everyday alert For the real leaderevery day is a new year and result of execution excellence at the same time 8 High-quality review mechanism: Establishing a framework for a review mechanism of the teams work and business results requires holistic leadership capability It determines the leaders accountability and effectiveness 9 Discipline within a defined boundary: Being from a heterogeneous country like India with diverse culturegeographylanguagefoodeconomic disproportions and religionunless a certain company-specific discipline is established with a defined boundaryeverything will crash The leaders responsibility is to set up this discipline as the ceilingand oblige the team to follow and action it People can be very creative and innovative within the defined boundary but not outside it This is within the leaders power to conduct 10 Drive menu not thali: Indian managers at different levels can be deficient in team or project handling as they follow the food thali outlook where priority and order are mixed and confused A menu system makes you achieve results when driving the Western business model in India Being very specificthe menu has an order of usage and gives priority where needed You can define the menumake the team follow itand review it to ensure its working effectively with everyone But to eatI dare saythe Indian thali has delicious charm My corporate friendsdepending on your proclivity and competenciesdecide on whether you want to be a frontline or backend leader Either waythese 10 laddership gaits will stand you in good stead for career climbingacquiring customer connectand in sustainably growing your business Shombit Sengupta is an international creative business strategy consultant to top management Reach him at http://s.wwwshiningconsultingcom For all the latest Opinion 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