Leader and Manager: Where They Are In the Organizational Chart and Who You Are!

‘Leader’ and ‘Manager’ are both very commonly used words in the world of organizations, sometimes interchangeably. In a way it makes sense to call managers ‘leaders’ and not other way around, as managers do lead their respective teams towards identified goals. However, if we are to make a closer inspection to determine the subtle difference between a leader and a manager, we need to highlight that ‘identified goals’ are only a part of the mechanism that works towards completing the ‘bigger picture’. This ‘bigger picture’ is the business vision or long term goals that A leader ideates. A leader is the keeper of these long term goals and he/she leads the teams to meet them.

However, what is interesting is- the journey from a start up to a successful business enterprise leads to changing of the status quo. Which means- a leader must manage his/her teams (like a manager) and managers must lead the teams through solving problems and aligning team efforts towards achievement of bigger goals.

So, does it means that leaders and managers are the same? Well, Not really. To identify the difference, we need to know how managers operate or how they contribute in an organization.

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Recognizing and Celebrating Small Victories is A Great Way to Reach the Goals

Every successful leader understands that success in business comes from team effort. And leaders bear the responsibility to steer the team towards the right path. But how? Is it just instructions, planning, and great speeches that maintain a team’s resolve and keep them focused through elaborate plans to meet gigantic goals? Or there is something else that makes or breaks a team, determining the future of a business organization? Well, actually there are lot of things that play a major role in a company’s ascension, and ‘recognizing/celebrating small victories’ is one of them. Let us see why.

It may sound childish, but we all are to an extent wired to search for meaning in our work at every step. Finding meaning is what fuels our curiosity in things, it makes us more attentive, and to reach for more. Therefore, it is easy to glean from the context that, absence of meaning eventually leads people out of commitment, distorts attention, and takes away curiosity, throwing the team into confusion, leading to failure.

So, it seems that helping your team to find meaning in their work is very helpful for you as a leader to boost the motivation quotient. And the best way to do that is through recognizing and celebrating small victories. Let us discuss on how celebrating small victories can help your business win big in the long run.

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The unutilised state of National Clean Energy Fund

The formation of NCEF or National Clean Energy Fund was indeed the right step towards supporting India’s green energy initiatives. The idea was introduced by the Government of India in 2010-11. And upon receiving huge support, it quickly became India’s carbon tax, on coal to generate fund for research and financing clean energy technology. Currently, the name of NCEF has been changed to National Clean Energy and Environment Fund (NCEEF) to support initiatives for clean environment development.

It should be noted that at the beginning, tax imposed on coal on behalf of NCEF was INR 50 per tonne, which eventually ascended to INR 400 per tonne in 2016-17. It is fairly easy to glean from the context that NCEF could have been identified as a very able supporting column for nascent green energy infrastructure of India.

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Scenario, Comparison and Prospect of Electric Vehicle Market in India

Daily global CO2 emission level currently stands at 406.47 ppm (parts per million globally). Taking the hints from deteriorating environment, and identifying fossil fuel generation and consumption to be the primary reason for CO2 increase, the world is quickly adopting green energy. Since, global transport system plays a major role in adding to the CO2 levels, it is very important to bring the green energy utilization in transport systems as soon as possible. Since Solar energy has gained world wide acceptance due to its feasibility, easy to install, and reliability, solar energy growth and EV growth have become interconnected.

EV and Solar Energy Growth are Interconnected

Since India has made huge strides in renewable industry development, the country is considered to be an ideal platform for Electric Vehicle (EV) market growth. It is important to highlight that, 10 cities from top 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India, and a third of PM (particulate matter) pollution in India is from transportation sources. Additionally, in 2015-16 India’s crude oil imports are more than 80% amounting to $81.5 billion, and transport sector is the biggest consumer of crude oil with usage of 70% of diesel and 99.6% of petrol. Therefore, focusing on EV market growth depending on renewable energy (especially solar) would help India save billions of forex outflow, and reduce dependency in fossil fuels. 

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Solar Skill Development in India: A Necessity to Sustain Progressive Growth

Global solar industry has grown immensely within last couple of years. In 2017, China added 52 GW of new solar installations, while US installed 12.5 GW, India ~6 GW, Japan 5.8 GW, Germany 2.2 GW, taking respective positions as World’s leading solar countries.

Government of India has made huge strides to solarize the country. However, efforts are sure to come up short if one of the most important component of growth ‘manpower’ is not enhanced to shoulder the new responsibilities.

Current Scenario

It is important to note, that more than 200 million people in India still live without electricity, and since India’s solar mission is directed towards providing power for all, while benefiting from green energy transition, solar skill development efforts have to match or even surpass the solarisation goals.

Unemployment is a growing issue that is threatening to undone world’s efforts at transforming the socio-economic structure, in hopes of a better and sustainable future. And since India has 600 million people (more than half of its population) under 25 years, the country needs to make better and faster efforts at creating jobs. Fortunately solar has presented the solution with ease.

Solar industry has created 103,000 jobs in India till December 2017 and 1,017,800 jobs are expected be created within 2022. And not just in India-

  • In US, solar energy is creating 13.7 jobs per million dollars spent, surpassing fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) as it creates 12.1 jobs per million spent.
  • Brazil has hopes of creating 60,000 to 90,000 new jobs by the year 2018.
  • European Union is expected to create +1.25 million economy-wide renewable energy jobs by 2030, reducing 40% greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Mexico is expected to create +134,000 jobs in renewable energy sector by 2030.
  • United Kingdom can create +70,000 net employment in renewable energy by 2030.
  • Renewable energy is expected to create 24 million jobs by 2030 globally.

Therefore, it is apparent that investing in solar skill development will solve the unemployment problem, while aligning India’s solar mission with a talented resource pool to complete it.

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Government Initiatives are here but So are Challenges

Government of India properly understands the requirements at hand, and they have taken initiatives to build a capable work force. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has worked towards to create qualification standards to create more green energy work force.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has also made efforts to incorporate green energy education in various formal and in-formal training outfits. MNRE has also partnered with the United States to develop Solar Energy Training Network (SETNET), to make solar training programs in India more robust.

However, there are bureaucratic hurdles that limit the interaction between training institutes and industry. This is creating a huge gap between the demand and the available skilled resources. Besides the training systems currently are more focused towards theoretical understanding of different stages of solar development and lack of practical know how.

Additionally, high training cost also stands as a road block to quicker solar skill development.

Remedy to the Problems

  • Education Should Be Comprehensive: while establishing new training programs and policies, Government of India should also focus on the coursework and make sure that it is industry focused and has substantial practical training processes. Government should arrange access to domestic solar manufacturers and EPC solution providers to the students, to allow them hands on practical knowledge on various solar development processes.
  • Establishing Training Institutions: Policy makers need to mandate at least one solar training institute in every state to support state wise solar growth. And locations of these institutes should be identified through advertisement to raise awareness.
  • Training Standardization and Certification: Training curricula should be standardized and certified to produce skilled resources, who can be easily hired across state lines.
  • Reduction of Training Cost: Due to the solar boom and world wide acceptance of solar, demand for skilled solar employees is incredibly high in India. And so is the training cost. Government needs to reduce this cost or offer flexible education loans to encourage students into selecting Solar as a career.
  • Utilizing International Platforms: India’s National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), should utilize international platforms like ISA, to get acquainted with international best practices to develop skills.

Way Forward

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India needs 1,116,400 skilled professionals in solar manufacturing, design, construction, maintenance, business development, and commissioning to reach its 100 GW by 2022 target. And although, India has shown incredible growth in solarisation, more focus is needed to boost solar skill development to reach the targets in sight. Otherwise the country may come up short in realizing its goals, which are suspected to transform the country.

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