‘CEOS must be able to lead from be­hind’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide - - JOBFUNDAS - Co­or­di­nated by Ayesha Banerjee

The first thought that came to your head when they said you’d be CEO? Frank Si­na­tra’s ‘My Way’ in Rob­bie Wil­liams style Amit Bha­tia’s vi­sion is to ad­dress In­dia’s chal­lenge of tal­ent avail­abil­ity and em­ploy­a­bil­ity through his com­pany. Since 2007, As­pire has en­abled ed­u­ca­tion that en­hances em­ploy­a­bil­ity and last year trained 33,555 students across 40 in­sti­tu­tions in over 20 tiertwo, three and four In­dian cities across 12 states ‘Good to Great’ and ‘Built to Last’ by Jim Collins. ‘Why Pride Mat­ters More Than Money’ by Jon Katzen­bach Most valu­able ad­vice you like to hand out to those at work Put cus­tomer first What traits do you think the nextgen­er­a­tion CEO should have? Must lead from be­hind; not from the front – with val­ues. Must think of his/her legacy Busi­ness leader you’re a fan of? Why? Steve Jobs - he knew how to “stay hun­gry, stay fool­ish”

Why would any­one want to work for you? For free­dom, men­tor­ing and an en­tre­pre­neur­ial en­vi­ron­ment The fact that your or­gan­i­sa­tion loves its peo­ple is proved by… Long tenures of key peo­ple Any man­age­ment best prac­tices you’ve bor­rowed from other cul­tures/coun­tries? Had setup in-of­fice, of­fice­spon­sored Fri­day Beer Bashes (very British) for ca­ma­raderie and team­work at McKin­sey Knowl­edge Cen­tre & FreeMar­kets which still run; years af­ter I am gone

If in­ter­view­ing peo­ple, you are im­pressed by? Hon­esty to talk about and own-up fail­ures Your pas­sion? Val­ues-based lead­er­ship and so­cial en­trepreneur­ship. Po­etry, read­ing and phi­los­o­phy You bal­ance work and life by? Two to three hol­i­days ev­ery year with fam­ily. One or two evenings out with friends/col­leagues ev­ery fort­night

AMIT BHA­TIA, 44 years founder and ceo, aspire hu­man cap­i­tal man­age­ment

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