|India will need 250,000 leaders
in next 3 years
Kalpana Pathak / New Delhi May 11, 2006
Business coach and author Mike R Jay believes
India's diversity will help produce good leaders.
Founder of the Leadership University, Mike continues
to train global leaders in over 25 countries since
1988. He has authored a book titled Coach2 The
Bottom Line: An Executive Guide to Coaching
Performance, Change & Transformation in
Organizations who has developed an innovative model
for governance called Intocracy and an
interdevelopmental form of leadership called
Generati. Mike Jay, who was in India to address a
leadership seminar, spoke to Business Standard.
You say India has a good potential to develop
leaders but it should be careful. Kindly explain.
All countries which are growing fast should be
careful that growth does not become a runway train.
Unlike the West, where things are more homogenous,
India has a diverse culture. Hence, it has a good
potential to develop good leaders. Indians grow up
learning to collaborate and viewing things
This potential in people to collaborate will help
leaders develop faster. But I suggest India should
be careful when it comes to looking at the West and
develop its own identity.
This is your fourth visit to India. So far you
have trained 25 coaches here. Please share your
experience with us.
India will need good number of leaders to meet the
needs of its galloping economy but there is bound to
be scarcity. The danger here is that people might
bring in leaders which lack enough experience, who
might not be tested and who can have a lot of
India's problems are much bigger than problems of
the West and thus leadership is going to be more
difficult. People here need more leadership training
as the problems and environment here is more
complex. Though India has a conducive environment to
train leaders, it doesn't understand its immediate
So how should India address this problem?
In next three years, India would need approximately
250,000 leaders at different levels but it would be
short of one-third of what it needs. Leadership
development is going to be a challenge in India. I
don't think IIMs are the only solution here.
India could address this problem at a much lower
level by giving young people as many leadership
opportunities as it can in working with businesses,
community and industrial organisations.
Giving leadership opportunity is going to be more
productive than sending people to business schools
or waiting for people to graduate and then try train
them in corporate. I don't think corporate can train
enough leaders. Good leaders have to be grown and it
needs to be started at a younger age.
What does good leadership imply?
Leadership is a way to intervene in a system that is
becoming efficient. It's not only about telling
people what to do but about keeping the organisation
from becoming so efficient that we don't get
feedback and the information we need to make an
organisation work better and faster.
Leadership in India has tremendous implications for
the rest of the world and I look forward to being a
part of the challenge.
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