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Probity in Leaders

Ayaz Memon , the well known senior journalist ,while suggesting a road map for the Indian Cricket team [Forbes Magazine ,Indian edition of January 10,2014] talks about the four P’s which they need to cultivate to stay on course as personified by the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid ,Laxman, Kumble and Ganguly who dominated the game during the 90’s and 2000.The four P’s are Pride, Passion,Performance and Probity.

Out of the four P’s what guides you during the hours of crisis , especially when sports is driven by commerce is PROBITY , according to Memon. This is very evident from the various match fixing scandals which troubled the cricket players all around the world.

Extending the argument , I am sure Probity is equally if not more important in all walks of Leadership – whether in Politics , Business or Society . The various scams we witnessed recently in India or the ENRON , Lehman Brothers and Sub Prime incidents in the US all substantiate the need for this stellar asset among Leaders of all walks of life .

Probity is developed through culture building among individuals and in organizations over time. It codifies a written or unwritten ethical conduct to follow in times of crisis. It becomes the bedrock of Organizations to fall back when challenged . All other P’s will come to a naught in the absence of PROBITY.

ICC World Cup 2011 – Dhoni leading India from the edge for a fantastic victory

India makes history again by winning the ICC World Cup cricket trophy 2011 on 2nd April at Mumbai chasing a formidable total in a convincing manner by six wickets and eight balls to spare . While it is the result of great team work backed by expert coaching and training for last 18 months , what stood out on the ground was the superb captaincy and leadership by Mahinder Singh Dhoni -the Captain Cool against tremendous pressure of losing both Shewag and Tendulkar early during the run chase followed by the loss of Kohli’s wicket when the innings was shaping up well with Gautam playing a lead role  in a great partnership .

Everyone expected Yuvraj to come in and take control but Dhoni thought otherwise . In spite of his indifferent batting performance so far , he took the gamble of upgrading himself in the batting order and brought the innings to a winning streak in spite of losing Gambhir also mid way with Yuvraj joining him later and giving able support .

Dhoni’s decision showed real class in that he took the responsibility on his own shoulders , knowing fully well that he had to deal with the twin threats of Malinga and Muralidharan and above all prove himself right to his critics and all the spectators world wide watching this game  . This was a classic example of ” Leading from the edge ” with no safety net at all  if there is a free fall in the shape of wickets . Dhoni’s confidence in himself and his team payed off at the end to a glorious win for India .

It was a privilege to watch Dhoni leading India through three consecutive cliff hanger matches in the quarter , semi and finals of the world cup 2011 to clinch the coveted trophy . Great performance by Tendulkar , Yuvraj , Zahir and others during the run up to the finals.