M S Dhoni the legendary cricketer is the darling of the mass for reasons more than one. As a cricketer we kept rising and rising to the stars and perhaps plucked a few! His records – 90 test matches, 350 ODIs, 98 T -Twenties and many more- hold as much awe and inspiration as his persona itself is. He flew with wings around the cricket globe keeping the feet on Mother Earth with so much of grace and poise. He walked the cricket firmament like a colossus endearing himself to all fans, admirers and critics( if he had any!) alike. He is the ‘Captain Cool’ and wicket keeper as a keeper of Nation’s Conscience. His approach to managing things, people and Self on and off the ground can be the best lessons to model for leaders in any other domains- Corporate, Business, Entrepreneurship, Philanthropy or any other for that matter.
The fact that he is the ‘best finisher’, most lovable character to be with, highly decorated in terms of Padma Shree, Padma Bhushan and many other accolades have made him humble, simple this is what we should model on M S Dhoni. Indian Territorial Army conferred on him the coveted position of Lieutenant Colonel in the year 2011. He has taken the encomiums with so much of humility. Today he is there as captain of CSK in the present IPL format. He is here, there and everywhere purely for serving, performing and enthralling the millions of fans.
This great cricketer retired from International cricket in 2020. At that point he tweeted thanking the Prime Minister and the Nation. The Prime Minister wrote a two-page letter of appreciation to this cricket hero which is a rare event. Well friends, as management students you need to look at M S Dhoni not just as a great cricketer but much beyond that. Management Institutes could introduce MSD profile and performance as case studies. If Bio-Pic on him could hit the screen why not series of talks, discussions and study of his leadership styles? We at NITTE School Of Management, Bangalore will definitely look at MSD as a model for management students in the following areas:
• Communicating at one’s best. Look at the way captain cool speaks, he is clear, focused and interactive
• He played many roles – as a foot ball player, captain, wicket keeper, Lieutenant Colonel and so on all with poise, grace, and pointedness.
• Even at the point of retiring, he came on a video in which he amplified his team members, seniors keeping himself in a relatively low profile.
• He is able to move with all persons and personalities with the same ‘coolness’ and centricity.
• He is a go getter. He gave his very best and enabled others to be so.
Dr. N Jayarama Shetty, Ph.D, M.Com, MBA, MA( Psy), LL B, CAIIB, D. TD, PG. DHRM, PG. DMM, Pragya, Visiting Professor, Nitte School of Management, Bengaluru