To obtain that kind of success and happiness Mogambo had to be a brilliant leader. So let's set aside his evil destructive streak for a few minutes, and see if we can learn something from his unique leadership style.
Mogambo lived larger than life. He was not afraid to dream ridiculously big dreams, and was not afraid to announce them to the whole world. His goal was to destroy India - not just a galli, not just a city, an entire country. He wanted the whole world to proclaim 'Hail Mogambo! King of India.' He didn't care if people would laugh and say 'That's impossible!' He believed in himself, and with that courage of conviction he chased his dreams.
And that's what a great leader does. Aim high, dream big, and reach for the stars. Because the only person who needs to believe - is you!
Mogambo sold his vision and mission with such conviction that he had everyone in his empire on board. He explained in great detail to everyone gathered in his lair how and why he would conquer India, until they were moved to chant 'Hail Mogambo! King of India!'
A good leader must communicate his vision with clarity and conviction. Everyone who works with you should believe in your purpose as a company, and work towards a common mission. So call as many company meetings as you can in your lair (or you might prefer to do so in your conference room) and tell them exactly where your ship is headed.
Mogambo did more than just dream, though. He took action. He designed and set into motion a brilliantly evil plan to fulfill his evil mission, which included missile creation and bomb manufacturing, and even polluting the whole country's rice and daal with kankar-pathar (stones) - a detailed and innovative strategy.
If your dream is big then your plan must be detailed, innovative, yet simple to execute. Do whatever it takes to make your plan materialize. Be innovative, be different, and try every possible strategy.
Mogambo had an army of loyal soldiers, including the trusted advisors Daga and Teja. They faced untold dangers (such as the invisible man who beat them up) for their work and went out of their way in service of the business. He rewarded them well, lavishly praising their good work, often announcing 'Mogambo khush hua' to show his pleasure, and I'm sure they all became rich in the job as well.
A loyal and talented staff is the strength of any leader. You should cultivate a loyal team by ensuring that you acknowledge their work, remunerate generously to show they are valued, and guide them when they need direction and support.
Mogambo was using technology never before seen in any evil Bollywood empire, such as an underground pool of steaming acid with automatic sliding doors, and robots patrolling his lair. Technology is developing so rapidly most people find it intimidating to keep up, but in today's fast-paced world if you're not moving ahead you're falling behind. Don't let that happen, get on board with technology, and it'll take your business across the world.
Mogambo sat there on his throne clicking his fingers on the globe laughing his wonderful resounding laugh, and completely trusting his people to do a good job. He gave them clear instructions (whether it was to destroy India or take over an orphanage) and his staff went about their business to the best of their capabilities, solving problems and dealing with challenges along the way. In fact, they only turned to him for help eventually when things got out of hand, like being attacked by an invisible man, Mr. India. Then he stepped in to take care of it.
That's what a good leader does - he provides support, guidance, and training to ensure his team can do a good job, and he is not afraid to delegate. Good training and reporting systems imbibe an efficient work flow and maintain trust and autonomy between a leader and his people.
Mogambo was well-versed in the market for evil goods, and he found his niche customer base. Realizing that no Indian would want to buy a gold statue of a God (Hanuman) stolen from a temple, he looked to see where his target customer was (abroad) and adopted international business tactics. As a leader, be willing to look beyond your comfort zone for success. The world is your market, so zone into your niche and cater to your customers.
Perhaps Mogambo's greatest quality was his perseverance. Even in the face of stark opposition he believed in his dream and pursued it with the greatest energy. He knew that to succeed he would need solid will power and the ability to get up and keep going when he is knocked over. When threatened with a challenge, the invisible man, he fought to his bitter end. A leader doesn't give up. He knows that failures are just hurdles on the way to success.
Mogambo's lair was amazing. There was lots of space, great décor (a lit-up muliticoloured map of India) and even a pool (although it was filled with acid). Unfortunately it was underground... perhaps a leader should think about somewhere with sunlight and air instead? He also dressed the part of a leader. There is a saying 'Don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want.' And Mogambo sure dressed royally, as a world conqueror should.
'Mogambo khush hua', he announced over and over again, letting everyone know he appreciated their work, and that it made him happy. And in turn his employees were happy. They loved their jobs and their leader. So stay positive, and everyone around you will feel positive too.
You must be wondering by now, if Mogambo had such great leadership qualities, why did he fail in his mission to destroy/conquer India? If his vision was so clear, why did India survive andMogambo get defeated?
The answer to that question is the most important lesson you can learn from Mogambo.
Mogambo had one major failing. He dreamt for himself. His goal was for himself. It wasn't for anyone else to gain from and in fact harmed everyone but him. There's one simple rule a good leader should follow 'Do no harm'.
Obviously then, don't be evil. Don't threaten, don't destroy, don't bomb, and don't take over an orphanage, because 'good' will come along and defeat you, every time. For every Mogambo there is a Mr. India out to set things right.
So choose to be Mr. India. Let your goal be noble and productive, both for yourself and others, and then follow Mogambo's leadership qualities to achieve good in the world.
Thanks a lot to Anisa Virji for the permission. With due credit to the source of the original article at:
August 21, 2014
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About author: Govind
Govind is an experienced human resources professional with 10+ years experience in Human Resources fucntion, advisor in start ups and in depth experience in education and career management. He has deep understanding of education system in India as well as global, about online, open and distance education system. He is also a chief advisor and in the panel expert with Shiksha.com. He is HR and career blogger by passion .