Sourav Ganguly was an uncompromising leader. He knew how to back his players and bring out the best from them. Sourav Ganguly took over the captaincy reigns when the national team was in doldrums following the match-fixing exposes in 2000. He inculcated the ‘never surrender’ spirit among the Indian players, who started playing the aggressive brand of cricket under his leadership.
Ganguly soon rose up the ranks and was known as one of the finest Indian captain. He brought out the best from and Indian side, which was not highly regarded on the international circuit. Ganguly took India home in the 2002 NatWest Series and led them to the 2003 World Cup.
Sourav Ganguly: You cannot make Rahul Dravid act like Yuvraj or make Yuvraj be Rahul Dravid
Although despite all the achievements, Ganguly still regrets not getting a hand on the World Cup trophy in his career. He has seen his bit of ups and downs in his career following the fallout with former coach Greg Chappell. In a recent interview, he opened up about leadership skills.
Ganguly believes adaptability is the key in leadership and a leader should know his team members. A certain Rahul Dravid cannot act like Yuvraj Singh or vice-versa, he illustrated. He also said that the greatest leaders make mistakes but the idea should be to learn from the mistakes and take it as a part of growing.
“Adaptability is one of the key leadership qualities. A leader should tap the natural talents of the team members. You cannot make Rahul Dravid act like Yuvraj or make Yuvraj be Rahul Dravid,” said Ganguly on Unacademy while talking about leadership.
“The greatest of the leaders make mistakes, but as long as the intentions are right, everything else will fall into place. You should learn from your own mistakes and leave them behind to be a better version of yourself,” said Ganguly.
“Don’t let your losses get you down, that’s a part of growing up. Learning from failures will lead you to success,” he added