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Not More Leaders, But Leadership


On-demand Webinar: Prepare yourself and your leaders for the critical transition to leadership with research, expert perspectives, and real-world stories.

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Today, from a work perspective, everything is being compressed—shorter work cycles, more complexity, experimentation, and rapid decision making.  In fact, business decisions that were once the domain of senior leaders are being pushed further down the organization.  And this puts more pressure on leaders at all levels, who are being asked to make decisions that can have significant strategic consequences for a business.

Traditionally, leaders had very clear lines of authority; now, however, more and more organizations have moved to a team-based, flat, networked approach. And the ability to get things done through others requires a very different approach from the traditional one based on positional power.

Listen to this dialogue in the seventh virtual café in the series Year of Transition: Preparing New Leaders for SuccessPrepare yourself and your leaders for the critical transition to leadership with research, expert perspectives, and real-world stories from the DDI India team and top HR and business leaders.

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Kaustubh Sonalkar – President - HR, Essar Group | CEO - Essar Foundation | CEO - ESCLLP

Kaustubh Sonalkar is a C-suite executive, mentor to technology startups, author, blogger, and business strategist. His cross-border leadership experience covers industries like retail, manufacturing, infrastructure, telecom, media, IT, and ITES. He uses his background in corporate strategy to sync business agenda with people management and has been a part of building multi-million-dollar organizations from the ground up. Kaustubh is passionate about women’s empowerment, transgender inclusion, and girls’ education. An agent of social change, he believes that technology can go a long way in bridging access.

Kaustubh Sonalkar is a business strategist, an out-of-the-box-thinker, and an incurable believer in the potential of human connections. His experience has helped him design proactive and predictive policies, with a technology-first approach. In his 20 years of experience across geographies and industry sectors, his focus has always been on cross-border cultural integration to drive performance.

With his book Fetch Your Own Coffee, Kaustubh makes his debut as an author.

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Shailesh Deshpande – Chief Human Resources Officer, Godrej Properties Limited

Shailesh Deshpande currently works as the Chief Human Resources Officer, where he has been employed for over 10 years. In this role he leads a team of 40+ HR and Administration professionals and partners with the leaders at Godrej Properties to design and implement the HR and organization development agenda. Previously, he led the Talent and Leadership Development function at Corporate HR. In this role, he worked on areas such as refinement of group leadership competency framework and allied HR process design, recruitment and selection methodology, leadership assessment and development, and initiatives related to organizational values and culture.

In his first role with the Godrej Properties, he led the HR function for International Business of Godrej Consumer Products and contributed to areas such as establishing International HR processes and integrating the acquisitions made by the group in Indonesia, Africa, and Latin America. Before joining Godrej, Shailesh worked across sectors, geographies, and functional domains in HR. This included HRBP and consulting work with organizations such as Marico, Asian Paints, and Accenture in domains such as factory HR, global HR, mergers and acquisitions HR, learning and development, and international compensation.

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