During the 3 days at ISBA 2013 conference, I came across numerous leaders, doctorates, scholars, teachers, policy makers, incubator managers and entrepreneurs. In many different ways they all made references to creating leaders in the Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem. As in many other areas in India, this ecosystem also requires strong visionary leaders to pave the path. While a lot of aspects were discussed one particular issue stood out – mindset. Without exception most speakers and practitioners (off the stage) shared the feeling! Without a change in mindset most policies, strategies, plans are not going to work. This is because a 5 Litre container can only take 5 Litres of milk. If you want it to pour more you need a bigger container. This means lifting the lid to a greater height.
So, one of the things that leaders need to do is increase their capacity to take on more. This will only arise as a result of changing your mindset. To do this one needs to explore newer avenues, tread un-walked paths, question the accepted, apply differential thinking etc. This means we need more entrepreneurial leaders. The question is can we create them? How?
I came away from the conference with great hopes for a stronger India. It also gave me re-assurance on things that I am working on currently:
è Strategy & Scaling Solutions
è Leadership & Entrepreneurship
Lots of work to do…………