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Emotional ending of IIM-L 'leadership programme'

About 25 CEOs were in Lucknow at IIM-Lucknow to attend Prof Debashis Chatterjee's 'leadership programme', reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2007 17:45 IST

Leadership programme, titled 'Leadership Through Human Values: Discover Your Leadership Signature' that began two days back, concluded on an emotional note on Wednesday.

About 25 CEOs from across the globe were in Lucknow at IIM-Lucknow (IIM-L) to attend Prof Debashis Chatterjee's 'leadership programme'.

It was emotional not just because the leadership programme, during the course of which all blended together perfectly, had come to an end. It was so also because it probably was Prof Debashis Chatterjee's last programme at IIM-L.

Nominated by Harvard as among the ten thought leaders of the world, this bespectacled IIM Prof is heading for Singapore, where he would be taking over as dean of a prominent business school.

"This was my ninth leadership programme at IIM-L. Over the years, Lucknow had become my home away from home. So, yes, this programme, which I hope is not my last, was emotional," Prof Chatterjee said.

Attending the leadership programme were Duane Kurisu, chairman of AIO Group from USA, Glenn Miyataki, former president of Japan America Institute of Management Science, KO Miyataki, president of rehabilitation hospital of the Pacific Foundation, CEOs from Canada, UK, Saudi Arabia besides from India. Prof Chatterjee said, "Essentially you are the stuff that stories are made of. But, what kind of a story you want to make is up to you."

To explain what leadership is all about, Prof Chatterjee, imposed a fine of Rs 100 on all the CEOs who either turned late for the class, or were not "attentive" etc.

"There were five violators including myself when I turned up three seconds late for one of my classes.

The money thus collected would go to the IIM-L support staff. The amount was negligible compared to the profiles these people have," he added.

First Published: Feb 08, 2007 17:45 IST