Business Today

Leaderspeak: Harsh Manglik

Here are excerpts of a small Q&A with Harsh Manglik, Chairman & Geography MD, Accenture India.

Rahul Sachitanand | Print Edition: April 4, 2010

The leadership lesson I remember best:
We need to accept responsibility and accountability and be truthful. Without trust and straight talk, a leader has no standing.

The political leader I admire the most
Mahatma Gandhi.

The business leader I admire the most
Bill Gates.

A book/movie I would recommend on leadership
The Emperor's General by James Webb.

What I think is the difference between a manager and a leader
Leaders inspire, build something that outlasts themselves and focus on nurturing the next generation of leadership. Managers make things work, which is equally important.

My biggest test as a leader
To be tested every day is a basic aspect of the responsibility of leadership. It just goes with the territory.

All good managers aren't good leaders
Being a good manager helps, but it does not automatically make one a good leader. Potentially, good managers can also develop into great leaders.

— As told to Rahul Sachitanand

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