With the Indian economy maturing and emerging as one of the few bright spots in a gloomy global scenario, one can expect the next big corporate phenomenon to emerge from India. However, in order for this to become a reality, strong leadership is essential to tap into the nascent potential of young India. The Times Group strongly believes that great things happen when brilliant minds converge, and it is with an aim to facilitate “Change” that is impactful for all that The Economic Times India Leadership Council is being instituted.

The Economic Times India Leadership Council is a unique peer platform exclusively accessible to active senior leaders in India. It aims to bring together the country’s top-most business leadership from diverse industries and geographies in order to grow the country’s leadership quotient and build business opportunities through knowledge-sharing platforms, high quality discussions and superlative networking initiatives.

This one of a kind membership platform will see mentoring sessions and other workshops play a central role in the development of the next generation of our country’s leaders. Taking things further, multilateral and bilateral exchanges, including and not limited to inward as well as outward delegations, and visits to some of the biggest platforms across the globe will be held at least twice a year, offering invaluable opportunities to expand businesses across geographies.

The Economic Times India Leadership Council will boast a two tier membership structure. The country’s senior-most leadership will empower members through their strong intellect and expertise as part of the Advisory Board and active CEO’s and heads, who will be enrolled as members, will be the real drivers of the Council. A selection of pre-eminent names will be at the helm of the Advisory Board, including Aditya Puri, Ajay Piramal, Amit Agarwal, Anand Mahindra, Harsh Mariwala, Janmejaya Sinha, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Narayana Murthy, N Chandrasekaran, R Seshasayee and Venu Srinivasan, to name a few. In addition, select global leaders will engage with members periodically to accomplish their dreams of seeing a progressive and “changed” India.

Offering his thoughts, Anand Mahindra, Chairman and MD, Mahindra Group, opined, “I believe that the India Leadership Council fills in a clear void in Corporate India by providing a platform to build true ‘leaders’ in the business world. Transformation is accomplished not just by processes, technology and products but by visionary leaders. And mentorship has a huge role to play in developing the leaders of tomorrow. In the digital era, there is a strong need for a platform that allows organizations to collaborate and exchange ideas with each other on developing and nurturing leadership.”

Vineet Jain, MD, BCCL, commented on the need for such a platform, stating, “The Economic Times has always championed the cause of India’s economic growth and to take our role in catalysing India’s business growth a step further, we are instituting the India Leadership Council, a close-knit peer group of the nation’s greatest business leaders. As a value proposition, The Economic Times India Leadership Council will bring together experts from across the globe, senior government officials, global academicians, economists and more to share their knowledge. It will act as a networking platform that will facilitate the building of relationships extending beyond just business.”

The time is ripe for the coming together of business leaders with a view to ushering in a new era of economic and social prosperity. India needs a leadership regime that is committed to inclusive and sustainable growth, and The Economic Times India Leadership Council hopes to be the harbinger of this change.

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