Gyanendra Shukla, President and Director (CEO) of JK Agri Genetics, firmly believes in creating collaborative team-based culture. His leadership practices earned him a spot in the list of the Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021 by the Great Manager Institute® published in Forbes India, for his transformational leadership style.

“When people ask for my approval, I encourage them to consult with peers who might be able to add value to their decision.”

Gyanendra has inculcated a collaborative culture by creating cross-functional teams based on critical goals and not hierarchy. He ensures that the team is not dependent on him for any critical decisions and he is an optional attendee at those meetings. He encourages his team members to make decisions instead of him making any decisions for them.

“Soon after joining, I noticed that, as a company, we were in the stone age as far as the adoption of digital communication tools and working habits were concerned.”

Gyanendra invested in infrastructure and software to allow maximum participation for all company employees. Digital communication platforms allow team members to do collective problem-solving. This futuristic thinking prepared the entire team to deal with virtual working conditions during the COVID-19 lockdown.

“The CEO’s office in the past had closed doors, and people avoided that path to the corner office. I opened the door and allowed people to walk in for any discussion and problem.”

As the company’s leader, everyone looked up to Gyanendra and ensured that all employees felt comfortable walking up to him for any discussion or problem. He collaborated with HR to celebrate festivals and birthdays and he co-created a vision and mission and started several awards and recognitions for individuals and teams.

Great Managers Institute® aims to bring out the best in industry leaders. Our series “Your Business is Built by People You Nurture” shares the best employee engagement practices that India’s Top 100 Great People Managers of 2021 follow to achieve business growth.

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

1. Inculcate a collaborative and team-based culture 
2. Open and fast communication is critical for teams to work together 
3. Open the corner office door for everyone

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