Industry Leader: Kumud Wadhwa

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SENIOR GENERAL MANAGER | NPMU, NATIONAL SMART GRID MISSION, POWERGRID INDIA

Kumud Wadhwa has more than 30 years of cross-domain experience in the Indian power sector, spanning project planning and management for EHV transmission projects, IT projects and smart grid projects in distribution. Kumud did her MBA in Information Systems from MDI and Electrical Engineering from NIT Kurukshetra.

This interview was originally published in The Global Power & Energy Elites 2021.

WHAT’S THE BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ THIS YEAR?

One of the best books I have read is Our Iceberg Is Melting by John Kotter, who is a professor at Harvard Business School. The book is about changing and succeeding under any conditions. This I can relate to closely because my role is also to be a change leader. The story is about denial, fear, resistance to change, overcoming obstacles, heroism, and ultimate success, which is very relevant to the day-to-day organisational challenges we face, especially during the current COVID pandemic. I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking forward to change, which is almost inevitable in today’s rapidly changing world.

WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES A SUCCESSFUL LEADER?

A successful leader should have goal clarity, closely followed by empathy and effective communication skills. Whatever actions we take, we must motivate others and set an example for them to follow. Leaders should not fall into the fray of decision paralysis. One cannot be 100% sure whether a decision will be the right one; sometimes a calculated risk needs to be taken for maximising the socio-economic ‘VALUE’ based on available data, information and options.

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