Dr. Malini Saba exemplifies the concept of using business to serve humanity, she is a self-made businesswoman, a psychologist as well as an ardent philanthropist and helped millions of under-served women and children in South and Southeast Asia, South America, Africa and the U.S. and gain access to life-saving medical, educational services and achieves economic stability.

In 2002, Dr. M. Saba launched ‘The Saba Family Foundation’ to serve as the umbrella organization for all of her philanthropic efforts and activities. The foundation’s focus is on healthcare, education and human rights. Image Courtesy: Saba Industries & Saba Family Foundation.

“Life gives lessons, never take them negatively, find the good in them and you will learn something new at every step.” Admire the good in everything, learn the art of understanding the other person’s mental status and you are on the right path to be a great leader.

Leadership qualities can never be bonded by financial status and social boundaries, it’s the inner self that motivates the most towards progress and becoming a reason for positive changes in the society. Try to learn global culture if you are aiming to become a leader, learn something new at every meeting, business trips etc. & gather and infuse those experiences to add stars in your perception of knowing the world and humans. Along with good happenings, sometimes you may face some unwanted circumstances too.

With those experiences and your set of skills, start working towards social progression. Some incidents will give you real lessons of life that will boost your social understanding and may provoke you to take some short of action against the social injustice such as employee’s exploitation, mental and physical harassment, bullying, gender inequality, domestic violence, etc. Keep zero tolerance attitude towards social injustice and develop the hidden leader inside you. Encourage philanthropist thinking and inspire people to take action.

Another sign of a good leader is never being biased, promote employee’s development by providing ample job opportunities to them. Believe that every person holds the quality of a leader inside themselves which just needs to be polished. Below are a few qualities of a leader who aims to become a boss.

Focus on solutions rather than problems

It is said that every problem has a solution and it is very true too. Instead of carrying the heavy tension load, try to cope up with your problems by finding their solutions. Have the potential of solving the issue in your pocket and you are walking on the right path of becoming a good leader and a great boss.

Always encourage your followers or team members

Whether a social worker, an entrepreneur, a public or private sector employee, whatever
role you play, always encourage your subordinates to give their best. Doing this will give you satisfaction and develop positivity to become a reason for something good and achieve great results. Your good deeds will automatically take you towards the direction of being a
good boss.

Think out of the box

No matter what is your profession, you have to think outside the box if you want to stand out of the league and earn goodwill. Try to always come up with something different so that your success can shine brightly among the group of other stars. A single unique step for something positive can bring happiness in many lives. And doing well for others is the prime quality of a great leader.

Build a positive work culture

Being a leader your job is not over by just motivating others, solving issues, spreading positivity, etc. You have other corporate responsibilities too. Creating a healthy work environment also comes under your tasks list. A good work atmosphere and work culture will not only satisfy your employees but will also increase productivity. That will ultimately make you a good boss & a great leader.

Support your team in every circumstances

It is quite obvious that as a leader you will always feel like there is dearth of time. But try not to lack communication between with your team. A true leader should have the quality to work according to the priority list & understand the importance of every task and assist their team whenever needed.

It is possible that sometimes when you are on business meetings you may face communication issues with your team. Try to cope up with such things by using communication mediums you prefer. Always be ready to render help or suggestions to your team members. This will make the work process smooth and build an impactful work culture, which will eventually make you the world’s best leader and a great boss.

The above opinion piece is written by Dr. Malini Saba, Founder, Saba Industries & Saba Family Foundations.