From A for Accountability to J for Jovial, an alphabet of traits that will help everybody become a better self
GN Bureau | December 9, 2020
Noted oncologist Pankaj Chaturvedi has been named among the top 2 percent best scientists of the world based on productivity through publications and citations.
Professor Chaturvedi is Head Neck Cancer Surgeon and Deputy Director at Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. He is also the in charge of the Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Hospital and Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi. In the recently published list of top 2% scientists in the world, among the few Indians is Dr Chaturvedi [https://tech-talk.org/2020/11/22/indian-researchers-who-were-top-2-in-2019-stanford-study/]. He, with nearly 300 research publications, occupies the rank within top 2 percent researchers of the world. His main area of interest is prevention and early detection of oral cancer. He is the recipient of the prestigious NIH R01 grant for research on tobacco carcinogenesis.
This list of top 2% scientists is published by the researchers from the Stanford University, USA in a highly prestigious journal, PLoS One. They analyzed the contributions in all areas of science and listed 159,683 scientists with top 2% contribution.
Dr Chaturvedi’s research helps and guides everyone who wants to improve public health through prevention and treatment of cancer. He has been passionately advancing tobacco, alcohol, areca nut control to prevent cancer and other diseases caused by them. He was the man behind the starting of World Head Neck Cancer Day on 27th July and he continues to be the Global Coordinator for same. He is the Secretary of Action Council Against Tobacco – India. He was invited as a speaker in the United Nation’s Summit on Non Communicable diseases, 2011 in New York.
Apart from his passion for prevention and research, he is recognized as one of the best Head neck cancer surgeons: He is the Secretary General of coveted International Federation of Head Neck Oncologists and in the International Advisory Board of American Head Neck Society.
He has been honoured with several awards – BMJ Award for Health Advocacy, Judy Wilkenfield Award by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Global Cancer Ambassador by American Cancer Society, WHO Director General Award, Maxwell Robert Byers Award by American Head and Neck society – among many others.
Dr Chaturvedi is the founder of Maharashtra Cancer Warriors that is offering voluntary oncology services in 24 district hospitals of the state. He is the coordinator of the oncology services on Lifeline express, world’s first cancer hospital on train. He conceptualised, established and launched India’s first Online Oncology Tutorial that is already being employed by several state governments in India.
Governance Now requested him to shares tips of effective leadership. Here they are:
Ten Commandments for being an effective leader
By Prof Pankaj Chaturvedi:
1. Accountability – Accountability, integrity and transparency garners you trust and respect. It proves your loyalty to the institution and symbolizes your true character. Administration is all about doing things right. Leadership is all about doing the right things.
2. Brilliance – It enables you to do futuristic planning, creative thinking and constant innovation that are keys to becoming extraordinary. For that, we should be a keen observer, an avid learner and free from biases.
3. Communicator– The art of communication is the building block of leadership. To become a good communicator, learn to listen. Another important thing in communication is to hear what is not being said.
4. Delegation – Don’t try and do everything yourself because you can’t. When you delegate tasks, you empower your people. When you delegate power, you not only become a true leader but a role model too.
5. Emotional Intelligence – Understand the grievances of your staff and feel their sufferings. EQ symbolizes your ability to deal with impulses and adversity while maintaining the love for your people. Kindness is not a sign of weakness but represents your inner strength.
6. Fearless – You should reflect the degree of courage and confidence required to ensure that your followers trust you as a leader.
7. Goal Oriented – Tie yourself to a high goal and not to a milestone. Always remind yourself that you have the power, patience and the passion to reach your goal.
8. Humility – It does not mean thinking less of yourself; it means thinking of yourself less! Be proud of your team and not yourself. Let others take the credit for the success and you accept the blame for failures.
9. Inspire – Leadership is not about motivating your team to do things they don’t want to do. It is all about inspiring your team to do things they never imagined they can do.
10. Jovial – This is one of the most appreciated qualities that represents your inner peace and contentment. Your humor, cheerfulness, positivity and optimism are indisputably the most winning attitude.
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