SOIL – School of Inspired Leadership adds another dimension to the education systemBengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 31, 5:38 PM IST
One question that has been the subject of debate on and off is “Can Leadership be taught?” Anil Sachdev of SOIL (School of Inspired leadership) says yes!
SOIL is one of the institutions that seeks to create more managers. The institute was created by business leaders from Aditya Birla Group, Hindustan Unilever, Infosys, Dr Reddys, Kohler, Johnson & Johnson, L&T, max, Mahindra, Nokia, Maruti Suzuki, Symphony, Schneider, SAS,SAP, TVS Motors and so on.
Anil Sachdev is the founder and CEO of SOIL. He says, “We have developed a new category in the education system by creating a new management education programme which is focussed on inspired leadership. There is no such thing as a leadership school in India so far, we are the first ones. There are many management graduates, what our country needs are leaders."
The number of management schools is very high in the country and so is the competition of employment. There are a lot of institutions promising good career and money. All this has brought the development of skills or talent to a halt.
SOIL offers one year program for professionals. The program consists of three parts and also includes character building and increasing thinking capacity. Sachdev says, “Our vision is to create leaders who care deeply, which means they have the right character. We want leaders who are aware, which means they have the right capacity to think and then have leaders that dare. This means they have the enthusiasm to relentlessly follow paths that make organizations in the world better."
As education is one of the vital aspects of a country, "We can create a new India, by harnessing these resources (young minds)," said the President Pranab Mukherjee at an event.
CEO of English Helper and a former American Express leader, Sanjay Gupta says, "We need citizens and leaders who care. SOIL is all about building leaders who care. Ultimately, businesses want talent. We have a lot of people, but we have a scarcity of talent and the recognition of the kind of talent that is needed is best within each business. Taking this understanding and defining that for establishing a curriculum is critical, therefore, partnerships that are really dynamic, vibrant and true between companies and educational institutions are absolutely essential and SOIL is doing that.”
The entrepreneurial and startup boom in India is surely going to need leaders. The number of people wanting to start up their own ventures is increasing by great margins.
"An entrepreneur is one who is asking new questions. He sees there is a real need in society to be fulfilled, then that idea becomes so overpowering in his heart, it develops that sense of enthusiasm and passion and that commitment to that cause excites an entrepreneur so much that he can clearly see the future. He has a dream. Therefore, he is willing to take personal risks and work 27 by 7 because an idea can completely overtake a person,” says Sachdev.
Source: ET Bureau