Leadership – Fulcrum Above & Beyond



By Gaurang Vora

Director, Projects & Alliances
PMO Global Alliance India Hub
Mumbai, India

What comes into your mind when you hear the word “Leadership”?

  • Is it the image of a politician giving a speech to a group of people?
  • Or is it the image of a sergeant shouting at his soldiers to motivate them?

Gone are the days of so-called command-and-control. I would be sharing my thoughts on the future leaders through a 3 article series, the first in the series would be about the top 3 mantras that future leaders should look for, the second series article would be about attributes of Leader(s) and the third article would talk about the mindset shifts. I view leadership as the center point of going above and beyond (like a fulcrum) in terms of how you can influence as a leader and what it takes to positively influence people to work towards a common vision.

Leadership – what does it mean, there would be many definitions, but I liked Albert Einstein’s definition – “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”

Another viewpoint comes from Douglas MacArthur, who says “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

Gartner had some interesting statistics in their article published on 4th December 2019, about Leadership development in organizations.

In this article, Gartner had identified the top 5 priorities of HR Leaders in 2020. The HR leaders had to ensure that the workforce has the skills it needs for the future, equipping leaders for success with ever-expanding demands, making work easier through organization design and change management, closing the talent gap to drive digital business transformation and achieving higher returns from investments in employee experience.


45% of organizations struggle to develop effective midlevel leaders
43% of organizations do not have a clear & consistent strategy for digital transformation
35% have inadequate talent to drive digital transformation
46% lack necessary skills to drive future performance
57% of employees encounter significant barriers in their day-to-day work.

The above result establishes the fact that future leaders will have to be different in terms of thinking futuristic, there is a strong need to serve the people, be passionate about the work, have various attributes, and to have mindset shifts.


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How to cite this article: Vora, G. (2021).  Leadership – Fulcrum Above & Beyond, PM World Journal, Vol. X, Issue IX, September.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/pmwj109-Sep2021-Vora-leadership-fulcrum-above-and-beyond.pdf

About the Author

Gaurang Vora

Mumbai, India


Gaurang Vora is a knowledgeable Program Manager well-versed in providing strategic direction and ongoing leadership to teams, also proficient in building strong innovative teams delivering successful solutions. He is a veteran of project management with almost 2 decades of demonstrated track record of success playing a pivotal role in transforming through people, process and technology. Ready to apply expertise and experience to challenging new roles, he brings deep understanding of program/project management, delivery management, budgeting and revenue forecast.

Gaurang is a results-oriented leader with a strong track record of working in a BRIGHT (Blur, Risky, Interconnected, Global, Hi-tech, Timely) world with Thought Leadership, Ownership and Accountability. He was a Top 15 PMO influencer as part of PMO Global Awards 2020 and is Director – Projects & Alliances at PMOGA India Hub.

Gaurang has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Diploma in Business Management. He resides in Mumbai, India with his family and can be contacted at gaurang.vora@gmail.com