“Leaders have unending zeal.”
Opening Case Study :
ViratKohli –ALeader with Unbeatable Zeal!
From breaking and making records to becoming the Indian skipper, ViratKohli’s is one of the most popular cricketers, who journey started from bylanes of West Delhi and made him reach to the international cricket crease.
It goes without saying that this man’s journey is bound to evoke curiosity and inspire millions out there. ViratKohli- the cricket, the man comes with some extraordinary traits that make him an exceptional leader. He has zealthatis contagious and people look up to him to push their limits. Be it on-ﬁeld or off-ﬁeld, he is the perfect combination that one needs to rise and shine as a leader.
Leadership is nothing but making the right communication and Kohli understands it more than anything. He has the basic ability to stay cool under the most intense circumstances, an attitude to win every game and a vision for the Indian team, which gives him the upper hand than anyone else.
Be it his business, managing team or handling media, the man knows how to deal with everything. There is a strong element of maturity which makes him a better at what he does. The most accurate example here would be how his act towards Steve Smith. Despite Australia being one of our strong competitors, Kohli decided to do something that not many could. And the way he handled the press conferences proved that man comes with a class.
With time the way he reacts to things has changed. He has a plan for the team and even when things have gone haywire, he has worked towards achieving it. Over time, one has noticed the calmness in his demeanor.
Having said, he is the classic example of hard work turning into a success.Though every cricketer enjoys a fandom and popularity, very rarely have the ability to strike cord like Sachin Tendulkar. Analyzing his success graph and the way he is respected, he is the only cricketer who has managed to touch hearts and come as close to Sachin Tendulkar. When Tendulkar decided to bid his goodbye, many felt cricket would never be the same again.
However, there was another chapter in the making and Kohli rose like a force, making the best of every opportunity. He not only worked towards personal goals but pushed his team along, making Indian Cricket Team once again a star.
When success hits, we often move ahead forgetting what made us. But Kohli understands the importance of relationships, be it on-ﬁeld or off-ﬁeld. Till date, the man talks about his ﬁrst ever coach Rajkumar Sharma in his interviews. He still talks, in the same manner, a teenager in the making would do.
Kohli’s youthful appealand his sincere passion to cricket, is a source of inspirationfor not only the youth but for the entire nation. However, the lessons we can learn from him are as applicable in leadership as in cricket!All the way through his action-packed journey in cricket, Kohli has been able to effortlessly blend his managerial spirit and sporting ability — and it is important we analyze and take some cues from it, as we don’t want to miss out on how he does it all.
Zeal is the recognized secret of success. If you are considering two people side by side for a position of employment and both have similar intelligence, abilities and skills. You will almost always opt for the more zealous of the two.Infact, it is likely that you might choose a more enthusiastic individual over a more qualiﬁed and skilled but less enthusiastic individual.
Zealous leaders are able to make visions come alive. They do this by being inspirational, passionate and by breathing life into the vision via their enthusiasm and energy. Zeal is infectious and makes leaders more credible. It’s the exact opposite of being dull and boring. It’s the enthusiastic transmission of energy that brings a vision to life for the leader’s followers.
To tap into your own energy and zeal for a vision you have to determine what excites you most about the vision. What parts of it have the most meaning for yourself? What gives you a buzz? You need to have so much of a buzz that you can talk to people excitedly about it. Get excited and then get others excited so that you can breathe life into the vision.
Here are ﬁve Steps to Greater Zeal:
1. Spend time with zealous people.
It’s been proven that you become like the ﬁve people with whom you spend the most time. So, why would you spend your day with dull, boring (or even negative) people? Seek out energetic, creative, clever people, and spend as much time as possible with them.
2. Think positive, talk positive and act positive.
With a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy, and happiness. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneﬁcial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel.
3. Enjoy the present moments, the NOW.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.Choosing to live in the past or the future not only robs you of enjoyment today, it robs you of truly living. The only important moment is the present moment.
4. Remain cheerful and encourage people to be cheerful.
People who are genuinely cheerful can light up a room, they inspire others to achieve their goals and bring a feeling of happiness and well-being wherever they go. Being cheerful involves a positive perspective on life, a sense that things happen for a reason and that things will work out for the best.
5. Treat problems as opportunities.
One of the most important attributes of a successful leader is the ability to turn problems into opportunities. Look at it this way: the very fact that something is a problem indicates that it has a signiﬁcant meaning for you. So, problems are accompanied by potential energy. Re-directing that energy away from exerting a negative inﬂuence and towards a more positive orientation makes all the difference. Problems become opportunities because of the way you approach them. You can allow problems to drain you or energize you.
Successful leaders are zealous about what they’re doing and that excitement is contagious. They draw people to them because these people want to work with them, do business with them and just be around them.