Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is considered one of the greatest captains of India. Under his leadership, India achieved excellent success by winning the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy. Under the Captain Cool’s guidance, India also reached the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time.
During a recent event, Dhoni emphasized that earning respect and loyalty is crucial for leadership. He also stressed that respect is gained through actions, not just words, and it’s essential to understand and respect every player in the dressing room.
“Loyalty has a lot to do with the respect factor. When you talk about the dressing room, unless the support staff or players respect you, it is difficult to get that loyalty,” said Dhoni.
“It is actually about what you are doing and not about what you are speaking. You may not actually speak anything but your conduct can earn that respect,” he added.
According to Dhoni, respect for a leader comes from his deeds rather than words.
“I always felt that earning respect as a leader is important as it does not come with the chair or rank. It comes with your conduct. People are insecure at times. Sometimes, even if the team believes in you, you are actually the first person who will not believe in you,” said Dhoni.