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education Updated: Apr 18, 2012 17:57 IST

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The lowdown
Grooming leaders is all about helping professionals achieve their full potential. Leadership training encompasses imparting a vast milieu of skills, from time management, motivating people, project management, empowerment, managing varying (and at times discordant) functions and conflict management Training can be imparted through classroom sessions and experiential workshops. New training modes are constantly being developed around the world. Organisations require leadership training for employees in middle-management and upwards. As a trainer, you need to constantly upgrade your certifications and knowledge in order to stay ahead of the competition. However, all the pain is worth it because you are making a huge difference in someone’s life by helping them grow in their career. You learn to be a constant thinker in this profession. To be successful you need to be completely dedicated to the profession of training. It does come with its ups and downs as it can be very exhausting to be mentally alert at all times. Reduce stress levels by keeping abreast of all changes innovating. It is a dynamic process so as a trainer ensure you have multidisciplinary experience

Clockwork
8am: Exercise
8.30am: Revise notes in car
9.30am: Check training aids at venue
10am: Begin session
12.30pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Restart session
4pm: Break
5.30pm: Seek feedback and end session
6.30pm: Meet HR head of an MNC to pitch workshop
8pm: Have dinner
9pm: Study time

The payoff
It is an industry where money can be subjective. Young trainers earn as low as Rs 5,000 a day and as much as Rs 15,000 a day, with little or no experience. After getting established, you can charge anything between Rs 15,000 a day to Rs 50,000 a day or even more

Skills/TRAITS
* Sincerity
* Sense of humour
* Great communication skills
* Ability to inspire awe
* Amazing amount of patience, empathy and maturity
* Ability to connect with people from varied backgrounds

Getting there
After graduation, one can pick up a management degree, though that’s not necessarily the only route to this career. Social psychology, personnel management and MBAs in HR equip one with the basic theoretical knowledge. Mastering cognitive sciences and neuro-linguistic programming also help immensely

Institutes and URLs
* Indian Institute of Training and Development, New Delhi
www.istdtrg.org
* Dale Carnegie India, Mumbai
www.dalecarnegieindia.com
* American Society for Training and Development
www.astd.org
* FranklinCovey,
www.franklincoveysouthasia.com
* Indian Institute of Learning and Development,
www.iild.org

Pros and cons
* Interacting with leaders from various industries
* Contributing to people's growth
* Travel across the country and even the world
* Potential to develop a wide-reaching professional network
* Big money if you have something unique to offer

Even while the market is flooded with trainers there is a huge dearth of qualified professionals in the country Amit goyal, a leadership trainer in Delhi who employs experiential learning techniques to train the youth