Executive Development Program in Leadership & Change Management from XLRI


Global corporations in the 21st century are complex and a volatile mix of cultures, processes and people from diverse backgrounds. As complexity increases, it becomes paramount to have effective managers who have strong knowledge of people, change, processes and possess skills to manage problems in innovative ways.

However, it is known that most change initiatives fail to achieve their desired objectives. One of the reasons for the failure is a lack of skills among managers driving the change. While training their managers, organizations usually consider leadership development and developing skills for managing change as separate challenges. Although most organizations train for leadership development, training for managing change is not given due importance. Also, most of these training is focused on senior managers than middle managers. We strongly believe that if change programs are to succeed, there have to be able managers at each level with the know-how of leadership and change management concepts, tools and techniques. Hence, leadership development and change management training should ideally go hand-in-hand if organizations want to be more effective. Trained managers also have a better chance of career advancement as they are more successful than others in handling managerial tasks and in managing change.


This program from XLRI will offer insight into theories and application of leadership and change management with an emphasis on learning knowledge, skills and values. The program intends to be participative with a lot of reflections/assessments into one’s own style of leadership and change management, thus, providing opportunities to identify specific areas of improvement.


Learn from distinguished faculty of XLRI


  • Dr Jitendra Singh (PhD Wharton) – Prof.Jitendra Singh, who has had long and distinguished stints as an academician at XLRI and as a Business Executive with Tata Steel, has a combined experience of more than four decades. He spearheaded Tata Steel’s HR initiatives from 1984-2007 and was deputed as Tata Steel Chair Professor of Organization Development (2004-07) at XLRI. As Chair of International Relations at XLRI, he has negotiated collaboration agreements with several business schools in USA, Europe, and Asia and has launched and co-directed both XLRI’s 1st international program (in collaboration with Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University) and also its 1st Global MBA program (with Case Western Reserve and Tongji Universities)Prof. Singh has conducted a large number of leadership development programs for Dupont, HCL, ICI, Interglobe, ITC, L&T, Tata-Hitachi, World Bank, etc. and taught a wide range of courses on Leadership and Organisation Behaviour to MBA and doctoral students. Besides authoring four cases, he has published a dozen articles in refereed journals and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability and on governing and advisory boards of several organisations.
  • Dr Rahul Chandra Sheel – Prof. Rahul Sheel teaches organizational change to executive participants and regular students of XLRI. He is a Fellow (PhD) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour. He has been associated with organizational change initiatives and has the first-hand experience of managing change with large groups. His research interests are in the area of organisational change, cynicism, corporate social responsibility, women leadership, and issues related to non-profits. He has published in leading journals and has acted as a consultant for organizations to make their leaders more effective at their jobs.


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