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IIM Sambalpur organises maiden ‘Women Leadership Programme’



IIM Sambalpur organised a two-day specially designed Women Leadership Programme in its campus under its Management Development Programme (MDP) to 30 women officers of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited.

The program was inaugurated by Prof. Mahadeo Jaiswal, Director IIM Sambalpur; and Keshav Rao, Director – Personnel, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited.

IIM faculty members and resource persons Prof. Shikha Bhardwaj, Prof. Atri Sengupta and Prof. Bhumika Gupta imparted knowledge to the women officers of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited. With rapt attention they heard about Leading self: Emotional Intelligence & Stress management, Work-life-family integration and Empathetic Communication. 

“This program is quite special to IIM-Sambalpur as we believe in Inclusivity in all aspects and as an Institute we strongly contribute to an ecosystem of developing women leaders at workplace. In the present scenario of enhanced technology and post-pandemic changes at the workplace, women will get more opportunities to perform better,” said Prof Mahadeo Jaiswal.

Keshav Rao, Director – Personnel, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited said, “Such programmes are not only important for higher leadership roles but also for women empowerment. It is important for organisations to develop a conducive work environment that facilitates women to perform. The other gender plays a crucial role in supporting women to lead. Therefore, it calls for a collective responsibility among family, organisations and institutions at large.”

The sessions enriched and enlightened the members who could acquire knowledge about their own emotional well-being, stress management at the workplace.

Participants were inspired to make someone feel seen, heard and respected, and build an emotional connection. Once that bond has been established, one’s words have far more impact. Prof. Bhumika Gupta rightly pointed out the principle to “seek to understand, before being understood.” 

The transformation around the world requires a new thinking, self-well-being, making sense of shifting market dynamics, developing new strategic directions and energizing people. IIM-S is focused on providing support to organisations and help them think bigger and different, to cultivate growth potential of new markets, to redefine markets in their own vision, and engage customers and employees in more relevant and inspiring ways.

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