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Published : Thursday, 14 July, 2016 2:18 PM
On the evening of Wednesday, 13th of July, MICA witnessed a talk featuring Mr. Madhukar Kamath , President, MICA and Prof. Anantha Babbili , Governing Council member and Professor of Communication and Media Studies ,Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, USA on "Global Leadership: Challenges & Opportunities". The talk was organized by MICA Leadership Series (MLS), a student-run committee at MICA.
The event marked the unveiling MICA Leadership Series, a student-run committee in MICA. Introducing the speakers, Dr. Preeti Shroff, Dean, MICA, said,”Education starts from Awareness, and proceeds to Skill, Knowledge, and finally, Wisdom.” Taking over from her, Professor Babbili said,” MICA’s vision is to create leadership in strategic marketing and communication. Leadership can’t be taught theoretically.
Leadership is a carefully drawn out development and maturation process. It involves influencing other people and can never occur in a vaccum, and hence has to be carefully cultivated using the tools of effective communication. Coming up with shared goals.”
“Pulling the population behind you, pushing it from the rear and walking alongside, together in hand. Leaders are made by circumstances, by need, and is an acquired ability and a skill that needs to be continually honed.” Mr.Kamath added, “As a practising manager, I think one needs to work hard on yourself, keeping your eyes and ears open.
Every day is a learning. A leader can never hide, which is why leadership becomes a behaviour.”
“Social and environmental responsibility needs to be integrated with managerial decision making. Building partnership locally and internationally to engage and facilitate public policy and not just corporate policy is a necessity,” said Professor Babilli. He spoke about the difference between different leadership styles and cited examples for them. They then continued to explore leadership across several fields as Politics, Governance, Economics, Culture, Research and Arts.
The talk was followed by a brief Q&A session with the students where several questions related to groups and leadership were answered by the speakers. ”Leadership is also an art of building consensus. It is important to respect everyone in the room,” said Mr.Kamath.
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