Walking around the heritage buildings of Mumbai with some great leaders, engaging in stimulating conversations about food, relishing and savouring some of the best food Mumbai has to offer – the #SodexoCXOFoodwalk on Saturday evening was memorable for more reasons than one. The architectural ambience and the rich history made an impressive backdrop for great conversations, interspersed with mouth-watering, gastronomic delights.Discovering traditions and flavours of cuisines gathered and handed down over generations and finding the enduring wisdom and values acquired by these leaders over the years was a heady experience.
Replete with good food and reflecting on the key take-aways after thefoodwalk, the one aspectthat struck me was the ease with which theseleadersbore the mantle of leadership. Stephen Covey rightly said ‘Leadership is a choice, not a position’, and on Saturday, the eclectic group around me demonstrated the same. So here is what I learned from the evening’s walk and conversations:
What is being a great leader all about? The ability to get the best out of people, inspiring and encouraging the team by leading from the front and showing how it is done – great leaders in every field, be it in the army, politics, sports, business or community are those with foresight and vision, courage and confidence, integrity and humility, focus and commitment, communication and clarity, inspiration and encouragement. Traditional wisdom and local knowledge last long, be it in the business environment or in the simple yet exotic local food. They help us navigate the challenges in life. Or as the leaders at Saturday’s #SodexoCXOFoodwalk would say “make leadership a cakewalk.”
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