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Leadership Coach, Corporate Trainer - Answered on Mar 16, 2023

Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai is the director of the Chanakya International Institute of Leadership Studies, University of Mumbai.
He holds a PhD in leadership from the University of Mumbai and has 25 years of industry and academic experience training and mentoring future leaders and PhD aspirants.
Dr Pillai is an expert on Chanakya's Arthashastra, an accomplished TEDx speaker and has written 17 books on Chanakya including the bestselling Corporate Chanakya.... more
Abi Question by Abi on Mar 02, 2023Hindi

Hello. I am a 40 yrs old female tech professional based in NCR. I am currently earning 45L pa plus ESOPs. On the family front, I am a single parent of a 12-year-old. I had been competitive in the early years of my career but had to slow down due to marital issues. I want to re-energise my career such that in the next 10-12 years, I can hold a top leadership position in a renowned company, and by the time I retire, I can be a member of a few boards. How should I plan my career moves henceforth?

Ans: Dear Abi, Now that you are having enough experience in your professional life - to aim for a leadership role is the best way to plan your career ahead. For that here are few suggestions - 1. Start reading more leadership books / watch leadership videos. 2. Do a course on leadership from a good academic institution to get yourself future ready for leadership roles with required skills and techniques. 3. Have a senior mentor (ideally retired from your field). They will handhold /guide you in the process. Also if you aim to be a board member check how to become one from the institute of independent directors. They even certify you as a capable board member. Check the site https://iica.nic.in/cid_about.aspx Best wishes...

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