‘Maruti Suzuki has implemented over 2,00,000 innovative ideas of trainees’

Leadership is not based on the level in the hierarchy but a proactive choice of the individual who is willing to make the extra effort to lead the team. Leadership today should be flexible and be willing to unlearn and be ready to study and adopt the latest advances in technology, president of the National HRD Network and Chief Operating Officer (Administration) Maruti Suzuki Limited S.Y. Siddiqui said.

There is a lot to be learnt from the young blood, we cannot dismiss them as being raw and naïve, Maruti Suzuki has implemented over 2,00,000 innovative ideas suggested by trainees.

The company has been able to make a savings of Rs. 240 crore over the years from these suggestions, Mr. Siddiqui said. He was addressing an HR Conclave on Managing Millenials organised by Gayatri Vidya Parishad College for Degree and PG Courses in association with the Visakhapatnam Chapter of the National HRD Network.

The moot question is whether the leaders have the capacity to listen and they are ready to mentor the new recruits, he pointed out. Leaders need to have vision quotient, business quotient and emotional quotient. The ethical perspective is most important, he said.

Taking the example of Maruti Suzuki he explained how paired and shared leadership works and how it has contributed to the success of the company over the years.

Earlier, Scientific Officer Grade G, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre M. Venkataratnam, secretary of GVP P. Somaraju and president of GVP D.V. Subba Rao addressed the gathering of students, HRD professionals and academics from the city and region were also present.

Chairman TVR Learning Systems Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad, T.V. Rao, head HR of L&T, Chennai, O. Jagganath, B. Ashok Reddy of Infotech Enterprises and recruitment consultant PVR Murthy also participated in the conclave.

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