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PPS organises online IPSC Students’ Conclave 2021 – 22
24 October 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gleanings from General Bikram Singh’s address
Theme: “Schools: The Cradles of i-Generation Leaders”
Dwelling on the theme of the Conclave, General Bikram Singh said we are living in a highly volatile era where things are in a continuous state of flux. Technological advances have put humanity on the verge of monumental change. There is a paradigm shift from the generation of baby boomers of 1960s to a highly tech-savvy workforce of today. He emphasised the need for public schools to take the lead in this field with human face intact. We don’t have to say goodbye to creativity in the face of stiff competition as far as technology is concerned, said he. As cradles of leaders, whether i-generation or otherwise, decision-making by public school leaders will always hold its sway over the rest of humanity. The mechanics of leadership will remain the same for all ages. A leader must take decisions in the context of people. He should not be afraid of decisions going wrong but be quick to make mid-course correction without any room for ego. Decisions go wrong even at the highest echelons of leadership. A leader must realise any wrong or a hasty decision will have a cascading effect. He said a leader must be a good manager as well. Sharing some vital inputs on leadership, the General said trust and agility set a leader apart from the common rut of humanity. A leader can be more effective if he empowers people down the chain. A leader must ensure the workforce under him keeps upgrading its skills on a regular basis so as not to be irrelevant in a continuously evolving milieu. A leader must keep contingency plans ready in case of crisis. He must be a quintessential analyser of what is happening all around to get a clear picture of things. A leader must lead by example. It is his duty to ensure that people are jolted out of their comfort zones so that they remain ever ready to respond to any challenge. A good leader always questions the status quo and aspires for new heights. He indulges in a meticulous introspection and reflects on the lessons of the day. A good leader is a great listener too. He excels at inter-personal skills to have a lasting boding with his team. An ideal leader is a man of integrity and loyalty. He respects diversity in his organisation. He welcomes a constructive critique and raises himself in the estimation of others by taking the best out of it.