It’s never too early for young executives to think about their larger purpose in life. Words like ‘impact’ and ‘giving back’ are no longer just platitudes in India Inc; CEOs believe young leaders need to live them.
More and more business heads say they want to see the youngsters in their companies looking beyond their immediate role and responsibilities, and thinking about how they can make a difference to society and the larger environment around them. And they need to do this right from the start of their careers.
For, sometimes that desire to give back, the passion to help others or have an unshakeable work ethic to do no harm, even at considerable personal loss, might just be the Xfactor that sets a young leader apart from his or her peers. Companies are now facilitating this as well, with their extensive CSR and sustainability initiatives, or their employee volunteering programmes.
Some are even mandating time for staff to spend on social activities outside of work, and have reported a fair amount of enthusiasm and participation among their younger employees. It’s certainly a start, but not enough. As Kalpana Morparia, CEO of JP Morgan India puts in, young managers spend too much time chasing their next job, and perhaps not enough thinking about the role they are supposed to play in society.
“Youngsters are always thinking about their current or next job, and how they can be appropriately remunerated for the work they are doing,” she says. “But if a young leader aspires to be a Nitin Paranjpe or a Nandan Nilekani of the future, s/he needs to realise that they didn’t get to where they are by asking ‘what is my next job?’.” You don’t have to wait to become a CEO to do this, however, says HULBSE -1.68 % CEO Nitin Paranjpe. “At all points of time, I have been at the stage where I have wanted to do things that will help make a difference,” he says. (Source: ET)
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