Just like our apps and devices require regular upgrades to work efficiently, Ramakrishna Rao believes in regular upgradation of his and his team’s skills and performance. He takes pride in the fact that many of his team members have grown and gone on to take up larger roles in the current and other leading organisations. Several managers possess the potential to perform well and reach the top, but how many help their team members reach the top? Well, Ramakrishna Rao is one such leader. He is the Chief Learning Officer of Page Industries and is one of the Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021 by Great Manager Institute®, published in Forbes India.  Continue reading to understand how he made it to the top!

“I assign work according to the strength and interest of my employees; it’s a win-win for all.”

Assigning tasks according to an employee’s strengths and interests is an excellent way to ensure productivity and goals are achieved on time. Ramakrishna Rao makes sure to find out the individual strengths and aspirations of his team members. Roles and duties are assigned accordingly. This ensures the role is helping them move forward in the direction they aspire to go in.

“I encourage team members to share their preferences and values.”

Ramakrishna Rao’s way of working is employee-oriented. They indulge in clear and quick communication. Besides paying attention to professional skills, attention is directed towards employees’ personal priorities and values. It helps in creating boundaries and being aware of what the employees are comfortable with. This initiative breaks the ice within the team and encourages team bonding. After that, getting work done is relatively less stressful.

Third-Eye Collaboration

This activity requires team members and Ramakrishna Rao to review work done by another team member. The work is reviewed by a third party, essentially someone who wasn’t involved in the planning of the project. It improves the quality of work and builds better team camaraderie.

Great Managers Institute® is on a mission to bring out the best in industry leaders. In our series “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast and Everything Else for Lunch ”, we are sharing the best workplace practices of India’s Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021.

According to GMI, this is what we can learn from Ramakrishna Rao’s story:

  1. Enabling your team to reach the top is as important as you make it to the top 
  2. Quick and clear communication regarding anything and everything is crucial if one wants to succeed
  3. Team members giving and receiving feedback improves the quality of work and ensures the completion of tasks on time

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Cheers to great leaders!