If you’ve spent any time around entrepreneurs, you’ve probably come across a talk, book, or article that has spoken to you somehow. In the same way, there are many inspiring TED Talks available to us. Sudhir Choudhrie has a lot of experience in managing and leading giant companies like L&T and Larsen & Toubro. He also has significant experience in delivering TED talks under Sudhir Choudhrie. In this talk, he speaks about the five most important lessons from his life, which have helped him, and others grow as leaders without compromising their humanity.
Make decisions quickly
Sudhir Choudhrie talks about how he used to agonize over his decisions, not knowing whether or not he’d made the right choice. He would often have second thoughts, which meant that it took him a long time before he could decide.
Stay in touch with your employees.
“The most important thing for success is to have a relationship with your people, regardless of how big you are or how small.” Sudhir Choudhrie says that staying in touch with your employees makes it easier to know where they stand and thus be more engaged with work. He recommends spending time one-on-one with your team and getting feedback from them regularly to keep in touch.
Embrace change and be flexible
It’s straightforward to get caught up in routine, but the key is always to be open to change. Leaders need to be honest and receptive to new ideas and ways of doing things for leaders to grow. One of the most critical lessons from his life was that he was never afraid of change. He embraces it, even if it means making tough calls or taking risks.
Learn from your mistakes
The first lesson is to learn from your mistakes. Sudhir Choudhrie says it’s essential to recognize when you’re making a mistake and not just take the same approach in subsequent iterations of whatever idea you’re working on. It’s vital to be open and honest, realize what’s working and what isn’t, and then change course. Be available with feedback. A second lesson he shares is being open with feedback.
Find a role to play in your life.
The first and most important lesson is finding a role in your life. Play helps us learn, grow, and become better leaders. It helps us maintain perspective and take things less seriously. It’s often difficult to find time to play, but you’re likely to learn more than you would by focusing on work alone. If you feel like it’s time to relax or have some fun, don’t be afraid to take a break from work. You can always take on new projects once you’ve refreshed yourself with a bit of playtime.