MS Dhoni is one of the first names that comes to mind when discussing cricket captaincy. MS Dhoni, arguably the best captain in the game of cricket, is also a force to be taken with in the Indian Premier League. He is the first Indian cricket captain to have won the T20 World Cup, the ODI World Cup, and the Champions Trophy. Under MS Dhoni, India became the world’s best Test team. While MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket, he continues to play in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. He guided his side to the IPL victory in 2023 and will look to repeat the achievement this year.
MS Dhoni, alongside Rohit Sharma, is the IPL’s most successful skipper. Both have five IPL titles each.
With such a track record, MS Dhoni’s words regarding leadership should be taken seriously. MS Dhoni spoke on leadership and captaincy on Friday at an event in Mumbai.
MS Dhoni stated that respect for a leader stems from his actions rather than his words.
“I’ve always believed that winning respect (as a leader) is essential because it does not come with the chair or status. It comes with your behaviour. People feel insecure at times. Even if the team believes in you, you may be the first person to doubt your abilities,” he explained.
“To summarise, do not try to compel respect; instead, earn it, as it is quite organic. “Once you have that loyalty, performance will follow,” he explained.
However, Dhoni stated that the first stage is to learn each and every player in the dressing room, including their strengths and shortcomings.
“Some people adore pressure, while others dislike it. What is vital is to recognise both the individual’s strengths and weaknesses.
“Once you’ve done that, you’ll begin working on a player’s weakness without telling him it’s there.
“So, it keeps a player confidence and prevents them from doubting themselves. They want to see how it works, and it is the captain’s or coach’s responsibility to determine what works best for whom,” he continued.
MS Dhoni said that as a leader, you must keep things simple in order to obtain the best results from your team.
“The simpler you keep things, the easier it will be for you. “I always felt that the team (that he captained) had character because we were all different,” he explained.
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