Servant-Leader: An Era of Leadership Serving Billion Dreams

On 10th July, we might have seen last innings of one of the great servants of the game and Indian Cricket – “Dhoni”. Like many fans, I was also in shock and not able to digest news of India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand and that RUN OUT of MS, boy that was heart breaking. But as we say, the game must go-on and we need to perform our duties by overcoming the loss, the subsequent day, I had a working and learning session on Scrum with different scrum teams. We started with a role play and a game to learn scrum values, ceremonies and execution. It was fun and everyone learned the importance of “learning by doing things” and empirical approach that scrum imbibes. During the break, we discussed about scrum master and the obvious questions were like:

  • Who should play role of scrum master?
  • Qualities of Scrum Master?
  • Whether Scrum Master intervene in team affairs or not?
  • What is meant, when we say Facilitator , Servant-Leader?

As, I was vividly remembering in my thoughts about the series of events in semi-final match, these questions made me strike a co-relation between MS Dhoni and a Scrum Master. After “Sachiiiiiin-Sachiiiiiiin”, the other name that Indian fans coherently chant is “Dhoniiiii-Dhoniiiiii”, these players have earned this respect and following from billion people, not only because of cricket but from their demeanor and conduct on-field and off the field.

I believe, MSD is an ideal scrum master and a team will cherish MSD like scrum master who can help team to perform effectively by respecting the conditions and taking calculative risks in between to reach the target and complete the goal. The qualities of MSD that I have witnessed for one decade in the field with which Dhoni has won many matches strikes with qualities of scrum master and these qualities are the answer to above mentioned questions. . I am mentioning few which I have seen on the ground and proven by quotes of famous cricket personalities.

  • Patience is Key

“He has that uniqueness to respond to a tough situation with ease. He does not involve himself much emotionally, and that’s his quality. India are lucky to have a captain like Dhoni” – VVS Laxman 

  • Process is more important than result

“If Dhoni plays till the end, one thing is for sure. He will make his team Win.” – Harsha Bhogle

  • Cool-Head in tense situation

“Need A Six In Pressure Situation? Call MS DHONI.” – Ramiz Raja

  • Leading from front and setting examples for the team

“When Dhoni is at the other end, you don’t need to worry as his partner. He takes the entire responsibility of finishing the game on his shoulders.” – Mike Hussey

  • Creating leaders in the team

“I am learning the ropes of captaincy from MS Dhoni” – Dwayne Bravo

  • Self-belief

“If 15 Runs Are Needed Off The Last 6 Balls, Pressure Is On The Bowler & Not On MS Dhoni” – Ian Bishop

  • Commitment

“I Would Go To War With Dhoni By My Side.” – Gary Kirsten

The era of leadership might get over, but the persona never dies and the qualities become one of the learning aspects for others. Each individual is different and therefore there is nothing like Perfect Scrum Master, the above mentioned qualities and demeanor bring best out of individuals to perform role of Scrum Master and become a serving leader as Dhoni.

Without Sachin, Indian cricket will not have that importance and same stands true for this article also. What Sachin quoted about MS Dhoni, tells about the character and persona of a man that coming generations will try to emulate.

“Dhoni Is The Best Captain I Have Played Under” – Sachin Tendulkar

Read autobiography of Sachin Tendulkar to know about Focus, Commitment and Patience. Own your copy by clicking on the image below.

Published by Raveesh Mishra

Transforming organisation's excellence through agile and DevOps practices, Business solutions, IT delivery management, Programme management and Quality Management.

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