SOIL, the School of Inspired Leadership is a boutique business school that doesn’t deal with just mathematics and economics. Instead here are some questions you will hear at the school – why is Kashmir in conflict? Why can’t a woman be assertive without being called bossy? Why can’t a man cry without being called over sensitive?

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These questions came from SOIL alumni and young guests present at the business school’s 8th annual “Inspired Leadership Conference” which focused on understanding each other’s difference and leading businesses with empathy.

Discussions at the conference centered gender, cultural and geosocioeconomic issues.

Chair of the HR leadership program at SOIL, Professor Arjya Chakravarty said the conference was created to expose tomorrow’s leaders of corporate India to the thinking of multi industry leaders and economic advisors. “At SOIL, we want our students to not become managers who will only take care of the business numbers. In fact there are many more stakeholders you will have to deal with as you run a business. Each of your employees, your investors, customers will come from varied cultural backgrounds. If you’re not careful in handling expectations and needs of all of these stakeholders, conflicts are guaranteed. This is why we have invited veteran leaders with vast amounts of experience to come share their learnings with the students.”

Some of the business key figures present were Vivek Tripathy, chief human resources officer for Lava International; Meenal Jadav, director of talent management and OD, Schneider Electric while key note speaker was Arun Maira. Mr. Maira has served as a member of the Planning Commission of India as well as India chairman of the Boston Consulting Group.

“India is a beautiful country known across the world for its diversity. Each one of us is special and has something wonderful to offer to the world. Therefore, it is our responsibility today as global citizens to ensure that we understand others and study their points of view, however different they may be from ours. To facilitate this very dialogue across a plethora of differences, listening is of paramount importance and should be followed deliberately”, said Mr. Maira. Read more.