Feb 20, 2008

The near perfect Manager?

Was reading a review of B Raman's book The Kaoboys of the R&AW, Down Memory Lane, about India's external intelligence agency, and the person who started it from scratch and probably gave it it's culture - Rameshwar Nath Kao.

It then struck me that this description of RN Kao would probably be the way people would describe the ideal manager. What do you think?

Through the book, one notices Indira Gandhi's absolute confidence in her external intelligence chief and this for one reason: his professional competence. Kao was responsible for setting up R&AW practically from scratch.

Raman remembers some of his qualities: 'He gave credit to his colleagues and subordinates when things went well and took the blame when things went wrong. He was liked by the high and the mighty not only in India, but also in many countries, but throughout his life never once did he drop or use their names.'