Samir Misra Curated

COO, V-Mart Retail Ltd.


  • What advice would you give to the new- age leaders?

    Today is the age of leaders who are humble, who are constantly developing themselves to increase self-awareness and improve relationships with others. They don’t hide behind their flaws; instead, they seek to understand them. They are vulnerable and it is critical to discover their truth, their True North, they gain confidence and resilience to face difficult situations.

  • What are you doing to grow and develop as a leader continuously?

    I feel, investing in one self is equally important for the well-being of organisation. Recently I have concluded a 9-month long executive programme from Harvard Business School and professors and my cohort group has had ever lasting impact on my thought process , opportunities and new age leadership .

  • What is one lasting impact that you hope to leave on your present company?

    Product Centricity. I would like V-Mart‘s all 7000 people working across stores and head office to behave as merchandisers which means synergy between stores , product team , marketing , visual merchandising to comprehend consumer requirements and delivering product customised at store level.

  • What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

    Be authentic – true to yourself and to consumers , team and society at large.

  • When faced with two equally-qualified candidates, how do you determine whom to hire?

    I look for creative thinking, bias for action, and a mindset for solutions.

  • Share that one critical decision that you made as the leader of your organisation?

    I feel, we are in the business of creating differentiated value for consumers, and I am in this exciting journey to create differentiation in terms of the 'brand onion' - which essentially means declutter ourselves from competition in product offering & marketing proposition. I believe it can singularly help us to leap frog to the next level.

  • Name one person who had a tremendous impact on you as a leader?

    I have had the honour of working with leaders who have added tremendous value in my journey. I feel, each of them has had a profound influence on me as a leader, in their own unique way. So, citing just one person from my list of 'go-to mentors' is not possible. Most of my managers are still my sponsors to adapt & change. More importantly, they are a call away.

  • How are you contributing to the growth of your employees?

    I believe in providing meaningful and constructive feedback on a day-to-day basis. I advocate having difficult conversations as well as catch people exhibiting right behaviours. I feel, if we nurture curiosity & learning in our employees, create a climate that nurtures critical thinking, where challenging authority and speaking up are encouraged, even if it means creating discord- it engages the team and develops everyone.

  • What kind of leadership style do you follow in your organization?

    I strongly believe in transformational leadership – I like to question the status quo encourage healthy dissatisfaction or even positive conflicts, make difficult decisions, like to develop people to become independent thinkers, and consider ethics over the business.

  • With which job role/ position did you start your career?

    I started my career as a management trainee with McDonald.