Post Graduate Program in Business Leadership (PGPBL)

The PGPBL is a one-year full time program and is designed for graduates with minimum two years of work experience. The program provides a solid grounding in major business disciplines and core business skills. Our faculty are world-class experts in their fields and they develop courses based on up-to date best practice and the latest academic research.

This program aims to provide India’s future leaders with the skills, knowledge, and values needed to meet the challenges of the workplace in the new emerging India. Doing business in India today is unprecedentedly complex, connected, and fragile. There is widespread corruption, unethical practices and greed which has penetrated the roots of all Businesses in India. This environment needs individuals who are high on integrity and character, who can inspire and influence a wide range of stakeholders, and who can demonstrate responsible leadership to take India and its people on its way to become a developed and powerful economy. The SOIL PGBLP will equips students with these skills to become the best leaders in the new Emerging India.

Underpinning a rigorous program of courses is an extended and strengthened talent development program. All of our MBA students will be offered professional Mentoring by senior leaders from the Industry, Action Learning Projects (ALP) to work on Relevant Industry specific projects and a cutting edge Social Innovation Program where they volunteer to develop solutions for real life problems facing the Non Profit Sector. The program also equips you to develop a high level of self- awareness regarding your own leadership style, thus being better prepared to lead a team. The learning design at SOIL is based on the philosophy of Character, Competence and Enthusiasm. This philosophy ensures that the curriculum is not restricted to only knowledge and theory but there are plenty of opportunities and spaces created for application (internships and projects), self-reflection and inner work.

For more post graduates courses, you can check our post graduate course in HR leadership at SOIL.

Read our article to know more about benefits of one year mba program in India.

Learning Goals

PGPBL is specially designed for professionals with work experience to meet the following learning goals

  1. Cultivate sound knowledge of all critical business functions like finance, marketing, HR, strategy, operations
  2. Nurture whole systems thinking to enable assessment of business problems using multiple intelligence and an original approach
  3. Enhance strategic thinking and decision making skills to enable questioning of the status quo
  4. Develop a unique value driven leadership style
  5. Create a life-long learning road map for professional success

Learning Model

The Post Graduate Program in Business Leadership is an intensive year-long leadership program based on the philosophy of blended learning. The learning model of this leadership program hinges on bringing practical business scenarios into the classroom through a vast network of successful leaders and entrepreneurs who frequently visit the campus as faculty or guests.

The broad elements of the learning model are:

  1. Classroom Discussions: Dissemination of subject knowledge, sharing of experiences and facilitating learning through case studies and real life examples.
  2. Andragogy: A clear focus on application of theory and business simulation helps you be more oriented towards problem solving and results. This is done through a well-designed mix of case studies, project work, research, simulation and role plays. We have partnerships with Harvard & the Ivey School for sourcing of case studies and other material.
  3. Technology Enabled Classrooms: Faculty at SOIL encourage the use of smart books, online quizzes, practice assignments, simulations and even online courses.
  4. Individual Learning Plan: A personalized document that is created during an intensive development center using the Caliper profile coupled with Behavioral interviews, this plan helps maximize your learning potential while at SOIL. This is renewed with internal and external mentors every month.

The unique learning experiences also include:

  1. Real World Challenge: A one-month internship is a key learning intervention that helps you to experience the world of business from close quarters and experience how the learnings come together in the real world.
  2. Social Innovation: Student will work in teams with NGO’s, one day a week, to make a difference in a social cause that matters to them.
  3. Mentoring: A key development tool that provides you the unique opportunity to be mentored throughout the year by a faculty member as well as by a corporate leader.
  4. Appreciative Inquiry: A transformational week-long program conducted in the foothills of Dharamshala that sensitizes you to a different approach to consulting – churning the positives.
  5. Ethical Dilemmas: A 5-day theatre program with the nation’s best theatre teachers to address and strengthen your own value system through powerful simulations and role plays.

Learning Map

You can download the PGP- Business Leadership One-Year Learning Map here

Curriculum Design

The courses at SOIL are carefully chosen based on feedback from our consortium partners and industry leaders specially designed for professionals with work experience. The curriculum for a leadership program is fast paced, promotes enquiry and thinking and allows for a comprehensive understanding of the subjects.

PGPBL is a one-year immersion programs with 3 Academic semesters. Each semester is spread across 4 months. The program also has a mandatory one-month internship. SOIL curriculum is as follows

  • Semester 1 – Integrated Core
  • Internship
  • Semester 2 – Mix of Core Courses & Electives
  • Placement Week
  • Semester 3 –  Electives

Core Courses 
You’ll start with the Integrated Core in your first semester, an intense 15-week program, led by a team of eight of SOIL’s best faculty members, providing a strong, coordinated foundation in business fundamentals and how they work together:















Throughout the Core, you’ll be on a small team with fellow students from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds. Together, you’ll work on projects, become better managers, stronger collaborators, build lasting bonds, and gain a new understanding of the business world.

Specializations & Elective Courses

SOIL offers a comprehensive and focused set of electives to PGPBL students that helps build on their interest.  During Semester 2 & 3 Students can opt to take 20 to 25 Elective courses to specialize in. These tracks include:


















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A clear focus on application of theory and business simulation helps you be more result and problem solving oriented. This is done through a well-designed mix of case studies, project work, research, simulation and role plays. SOIL has partnerships with Harvard Publishing & the Ivey School for sourcing of case studies and other material. The overarching objective of PGPBL is to cultivate whole systems thinking approach to complex business problems.

PGPBL offers the opportunity to accentuate global perspectives though a “dual degree program” in partnership with MIP Italy or exchange programs with MIP Italy, Pinchot Seattle and UNB Canada.

School of Inspired Leadership partners with niche global business schools with specific focus on design thinking, technology, innovation, sustainability and research. SOIL carefully chooses its international partners to provide its students with a unique international experience.

MIP Politecnico Di Milano, School of Management, Italy

MIP, Italy was created by a collaboration between key Italian companies and one of the most prestigious Italian universities well known for its tradition in excellence in technology and innovationPolitecnico di Milano. In 2003 MIP joined the Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering forming the School of Management of Politecnico diMilano.

MIP & SOIL Masters Degree Program

Students at SOIL, can opt for MIP’s Joint Degree Program to broaden their exposure to global perspectives on management. The Joint Degree Program mandates attending select courses at MIP Italy for two months and the balance courses at SOIL over a period of ten months. On successful completion of the courses, students are entitled to requisite master’s degree from Politecnico di Milano.

Pinchot University, Seattle, USA

Pinchot was founded as Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI) in early 2002 to offered the USA’s first MBA in Sustainable Business. The brainchild of Libba Pinchot and Gifford Pinchot III, BGI was the first school to champion this revolutionary approach to business, serving students wishing to integrate social justice and environmental sustainability values into their business education. Pinchot, USA accepts up to five students per Academic Year for two weeks from partner institutions.

UNB University, Canada

One of the top five comprehensive universities in Canada, according to Macleans, UNB has more than 12,000 students from more than 100 countries. UNB’s two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John (started in 1964), New Brunswick. UNB University, Canada accepts up to three students per Academic Year two weeks from partner institutions.

Mountbatten Institute’s international Analyst Internship

The Mountbatten Institute’s international Analyst Internship is a highly competitive program. It collaborates with Fortune 50 companies in New York or London to offer a unique way of linking international workplace practice with business theory, combining paid, full-time internships with a British post-graduate qualification. SOIL graduates have the opportunity to apply for Mountbatten Institute’s paid international internships in New York or London, and earn Mountbatten’s PG Certificate program fees. (Program fees extra).


Education at SOIL is driven by its distinguished faculty who have taught and consulted across the world. We recognize that management education is no longer about addressing a hundred bright minds on Marketing and Finance from a podium, and our faculty takes all the necessary steps to ensure that an engaging dialogue emerges through meaningful and collaborative conversations in class. Using participant centric learning, our faculty emphasize on building leaders for the future. Our faculty members personify the spirit that SOIL stands for- being leaders who are not only competent but who also have the humility, wisdom, compassion and ability to inspire others. he faculty are also mentors to you to guide you through the one year at SOIL and often continue to do so post the program as well. It is no surprise then that our students and alumni share an emotional bond with the faculty.

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Diverse Peer Group

Each year SOIL attracts experienced students from varied backgrounds who enrich the peer experience. Our students have always called out the contribution of the SOIL peer group as one of the key catalyst for learning professional, cultural and interpersonal nuances of business and communication.

Working professionals with over 2 years of work experience who are keen to progress in their professional trajectory are ideal candidates for this program.



Alumni Speak

We believe in statistics when it comes to student delight and the Business Leadership Program is consistently rated high on faculty, course and learning by our students. The overall satisfaction of our students on the learning experience is rated at 4.42 on a scale of 5.

The memories of first week are still fresh in my memory. We started our day by offering prayers, like I did during my school days. The most outstanding event was the Development Center which was created on the theme of the “movies”. Without knowing that we were being evaluated, we performed a series of activities such as enacting, writing scripts, jingles, pre and post film production activities. I could not believe I had so much creativity within me and even acted on stage for the very first time. In retrospect, I realized that we were actually practicing valuable skills of management such as team building, negotiation, planning, innovation and problem solving.
Surbhi Khanna (HR Leadership Program, Batch of 2015-16)

The day I entered SOIL, I was overwhelmed by its uniqueness in a way it instills an essence of confidence & enthusiasm through its inspiring ecosystem. Primal objective during the first week was to assess and appreciate an individual’s learning approach and potential. The activities performed helped me realize my strengths and how I could leverage them to prosper in my life. Within the first week, we were exposed to different industry speakers inspiring us, sharing how practicing values nurtures one’s personal and professional life.
Saurabh Chauhan (Business Leadership Program, Batch of 2015-16)

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