One of the greatest captains that cricketing world has ever seen. I know it’s an over hyped statement. But the statistics speaks more than words. Born in Ranchi, Dhoni started his sporting life as a footballer later being moved to wicket keeper in cricket. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. Dhoni is the captain of team India in all three forms of the game which cements his place as one of the finest cricketer of all times. At a time where most of the teams has changed their leaders continuously, team India stick on to their captain cool. His Test and ODI records are the best among all Indian captains to date.
Under Dhoni’s leadership, India has won 2007 ICC World T20, ICC World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. The only captain in the cricketing world to have all the ICC trophies under him. He has also captained the IPL team Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2010 and 2011 seasons of Indian Premier League along with the 2010 Champions League Twenty20.
Dhoni topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers compiled by Forbes. In June 2013, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 16th in the list of highest paid athletes in the world, estimating his earnings at $31.5 million. The TIME magazine has added Dhoni in its “Time 100” list of 100 most influential people of 2011. SportsPro has rated Dhoni as the 16th most remarkable athlete in the world.
Entrepreneurs and business leaders are the captains of their companies. Some of the traits that Dhoni possess as a leader can be emulated by all entrepreneurs and business leaders to progress their journey of business success.
1. Lead from the front
Dhoni has been one of the reliable sources for Team India. Whenever there is a run chase or a crisis moment, captain has kept his nerves cool and lead from front. One should be a performer and prove the same to the team so that the team is motivated and lead by example. The employees or team members love to follow their leaders and that leadership itself is the greatest communication between teams. Performing to the potential or more is the effective way to talk to your team and the team is motivated to take decisions. As a leader, be calm in extreme situations and lead the team from front.
As a captain Dhoni has seen more failures than success. But each time he failed he came back strongly and shut the critics mouth win a trophy. The recent IPL scam involving Chennai Super Kings has raised questions about his honesty. But he kept his cool and won ICC Champions Trophy for team India. The captain of the ship takes the ship forward and he has to be cool so that the team produce results.
3. Team player
The captain has to be the part of the team and not above the team to know their members. Give respect to the team members and trust them. Dhoni has trusted in his young players even when they were not performing. The failures of Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja are some of whom we can highlight. The team will be motivated to perform better if you have the faith in them. 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.
4. Take risks
Take risks and who knows you might emerge as the winner. Remember Dhoni gave the last over to Joginder Sharma in World T20 and eventually came as winner. By putting the least known resource to the opposition he has taken the risk and the risk taking ability has given more rewards to him as captain.
5. Resource utilization
This quote from Dhoni speaks about the resource utilization.
“I think what’s very important for me is man management. Everyone is very different, with different temperaments. Sachin is as important to me as everyone else in the team. Everyone has a role to play. Man management is the most important factor, and along with this, the team spirit. However, what matters in the end, is the unity in diversity of thinking, which is needed for the entire team to succeed on the field as one.”
He knows his resources well and knows to utilize his resources properly and at the most wanted times. Resource utilization which is very important to business has to come from the leaders decision and he should know the right mix and match to success.
The quote “Winners don’t do different things, they do things differently” truly holds for a leader like Dhoni. An ordinary man can do extraordinary things and a role model for every aspiring leader. Each one of us could use this model to create our leadership journey in business.