September - 2014 - Special issue > Company of the Year - Leadership Development

Dale Carnegie Training India: Taking Leadership from Good to Greatness

Pankaj Kundwani
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Pankaj Kundwani
One of the world's most successful business leaders' Warren Buffett took the Dale Carnegie course "How to Win Friends and Influence People" at the age of 20. He believes that the course changed his life forever. Investing in self and investing in people is the best investment one can ever make. The real problem is not when an organization invests in people and they leave, it is when an organization does not invest in people and they stay. This is what the present human resource scenario in India is. With over 800 million of the population in the working age group, India's demographic dividend is expected to contribute about 25 percent of the global work force by 2025.However, out of three million graduates who join the Indian job market every year, only half a million are considered employable.

In times to come, our demographic advantage should not only help us fulfill our domestic manpower requirements, but will also radically contribute to the human resource needs across the globe. India's vast workforce calls for a strong leadership cadre. Ironically, the biggest gap for India is to fill up a huge vacuum between HR requirements and relevant skills. This presents a big challenge where India's growth story may stumble upon. Carrying a legacy of bringing out the best potential in people, Dale Carnegie Training India comes as a catalyst determined to bridge the gap between head count and talent. An integral part in the global network of Dale Carnegie & Associates headquartered in New York, the organization has been rated number one for year-to- year enrolments amongst all the 198 Dale Carnegie franchises worldwide for the last seven years in a row.

Representing the first corporate face of the Training Industry in India, Dale Carnegie Training India has been dedicated to enhancing the performance of any organization's greatest asset - its people. It offers 'Talent Development Solutions' in the areas of Leadership, Communications, Presentations & Public Speaking, Sales Training, World Class Customer Service, Interpersonal Skills, Building High Performance Teams, Media Training, eLearning, Executive Coaching and Profiling & Competency Assessment tools in a variety of formats to suit differentiated needs.

Bridging The Talent Gap At The Top Of The Ladder Cadres
Leadership is not constrained to inspiring others to move in a particular direction but it is also being able to get things done. At the junior levels, the talent gap can be filled by basic soft skills and functional skills. But as people go up the ladder, the managerial effectiveness, people skills, communication skills, problem solving and business acumen get greater weightage."We strive to provide corporates in India the Dale Carnegie advantage. We believe in developing five drivers of leadership: self-direction, people skills, process skills, communication and accountability. The proof of the pudding is in the eating. Our differentiator is our down-to-earth brass tracks approach to leadership training; not just the standard jargons and models," says Pallavi Jha, Chairperson & MD, Dale Carnegie Training India.

Focused on providing talent development and management solutions to corporates, individuals, NGOs, government, public sector and educational institutions, Dale Carnegie Training India has succeeded in setting new global benchmarks and has created a quiet revolution in this sector. In over 10 years of its operations in India, it has served about 2500 companies and has already trained over 193,000 graduates. The company also offers executive coaching services for CEO's and senior management and has also adapted a Finishing School model focusing on employability for young students entering the work force and faculty training. The organization has also recently started the CSR practice targeting skill development and employability training to economically weaker sections.

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