One-day Leadership development programme on “Self-Governing Leadership”

Saikat Sen, Director, SAFIM conducted one-day Leadership development programme on “Self-Governing Leadership” at Indian School of Business, Mohali on 9th November 2016. Participants were Senior Divisional Managers from across functions and departments of the LIC of India.

The habitual tendency of a leader today is to rely more on externals like technology, management techniques, and consultants. Most of the modern management thinking on leadership is about this outer governance or “organizational transformation”.  But as the Indian thought repeatedly emphasized self-government, Swarajya is the foundation for governing the outer world, Samrajya.   As a result, much of the hidden human potentialities in the intuitive, moral, aesthetic and spiritual realms, which can lead to a higher quality of life as well as a better bottom-line, remain untapped in the corporate world. The main objective we are presenting here is to consciously activate these hidden potentialities of consciousness and manifest them in every activity of corporate life. But our approach is very different from the traditional ones. Our approach is “within outward” relying mainly on the inner powers of consciousness to bring the outer result. It will explore the deeper sources of every need, function and activity and will seek to consciously fulfill the same in the outer activity. The leadership development therefore enlarge the scope of learning and development process to include various activities related to greater self-awareness, self-control and self-mastery, to the development and enrichment of the potential within, a higher, wider and deeper vision.

Participants took part actively in each session.


Very well designed …Self-reflection is the highlight of the workshop. It is the glimpse of new thought to self-Governing leadership. Swarat to Samrat is the one line concept. – S. Suriya Narayanan, Secretary, LIC.

It was a good session as it was very interactive and participation of all members took place. – Shakuntala Murace, Faculty Member, LIC.

The workshop was fully aligned and overall experience was excellent. – S. M. Mishra Alok, Sr. Divisional Manager, LIC.

The new insight is the relevance of self realisation for good leadership. Exercises are thought provoking. New thought: meditation a way to self-realization. - Sandeep Julka, Sr. Divisional Manager, LIC.