Effective Leadership Communication in Organisations

25–27 November, 2014
Ahmedabad, India

Programme Directors

Dr. Shubhra P. Gaur and Dr. Saumya Pant

What is effective leadership? Who is an effective leader? How does an effective leader communicate? Is communication sufficient to succeed as a leader or is there more to effective leadership in organisations?

There is no simple and linear way to understand effective leadership and no one communication model that can exemplify the role of communication in succeeding as a leader. The value of leaders communicating effectively is demonstrated daily in all organisations. Its importance for communities and enterprises can be gauged from the attention it evinced from Greek philosophers such as Plato and Plutarch. Indeed, since 1938 when Chester Barnard concluded that communication was the main task of managers and executives, leaders have emphasised upon improving communication in organisations.


Miracles have been known to happen through effective leadership. The programme aims to kindle the spirit and ignite the minds of potential leaders who can achieve the unachievable. It will deal with the contemporary challenges that leaders have to grapple with: managing communication in turbulent times to diverse groups, leading intelligent teams with talented colleagues and ensuring their superior performance, contributing to and functioning in a globalised world (society and environment), to name a few.

The participants will also have the privilege of learning from the lives of great leaders from different walks of life such as Gandhi, Kumar Mangalam Birla and Chanda Kochhar.


In workshop style interaction, the MDP will focus on communication, leadership, challenges and futurescapes of effective leadership in organisations. The three-day MDP will create an interactive environment and address the following themes:

  • Role of communication for effective leadership

  • Role of culture, gender and power in effective leadership

  • Self-reflection and discovery as an effective leader

  • Leadership approaches and styles

  • Role of a leader in bringing about change

  • Sources of power

  • Role of mission, vision and organisational goals

  • Challenges and future steps for effective leadership


The MDP on ‘Effective Leadership Communication in Organisations’ will deliver long term value to organisations by enabling participants:

  • To become effective communicators as leaders

  • To develop new mind-sets and business leadership strategies for maximising organisational success

  • To take innovative approaches in solving day to day challenges of leadership in organisations

  • To think about people as collaborators

  • To appreciate and make good use of diversity

  • To discover their unique leadership style that makes them contribute to their organisation


The sessions in the MDP will follow participant-centred ‘workshop methodology’. It will have various activities including group work, role plays, theatre, games and experiential exercises. The focus of the entire programme is on helping the participants to reflect on their styles and strategies and learn from leaders in different contexts rather than teaching them theories and concepts.

The facilitators will showcase stories of leaders and highlight effective leadership qualities. The participants will be given select stories from fiction, history and the corporate world to read and reflect upon. They will debrief their reflections in small groups and present their learnings during the MDP sessions. This will help the larger group to engage in critical discussion on issues, challenges and future directions for effective leadership in organisations.


  • Senior managers who are engaged in challenging responsibilities in leadership positions and are keen on enhancing the effectiveness of their leadership communication

  • These include functional heads, human resource professionals, general managers and those heading divisions of large established organisations, needing a new direction; medium sized organisations on a growth track – both from private and public sectors

  • Professionals running their own businesses, entrepreneurs looking for new venture possibilities or NGOs looking at new ways to solve social issues, will also find the MDP relevant and useful


Dr. Shubhra P. Gaur
Dr. Shubhra P. Gaur has a D. Phil in Psychology from the University of Allahabad and has twenty years of research and teaching experience. She has held many key positions at MICA, including that of Head: Faculty Affairs; Chairperson: Admissions, Post Graduate Programme (PGP), Gender Equality and Anti-Sexual Harassment Committee and General Management Area. She has taught at the University of Delhi and has been a visiting faculty at the IIM Ahmedabad, School of Petroleum Management (SPM), Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) Gandhinagar, Mahatama Gandhi Labour Institute, Ahmedabad, etc. Her teaching areas are personal, interpersonal, group and organisational dynamics, creativity, stress management and cross cultural and gender issues at workplace and leadership. She has researched in the areas of physical and psychological abuse amongst women, gender issues at work place, psychosocial competence and work related stress, interpersonal and internal communication, creativity and leadership and has published articles in Psychological Studies, International Journal of Learning, Journal of Asian Communication and Media Asia, amongst others. She has been awarded a fellowship from the University Grants Commission. She has been honoured with the award for the Best Teacher in Human Resources Management in 2011, by Dewang Mehta Business School Awards in recognition of leadership, development, innovation and industry interface.

She can be reached at [email protected]

Dr. Saumya Pant
Dr. Saumya Pant an Associate Professor at MICA who got her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication Studies at Ohio University, Athens, U.S.A. in Communication for Social Change, with a specialisation in gender and health communication. Her areas of expertise are gender and health communication, mass communication for social change and intercultural communication. She is also a Visiting faculty at Bangkok University, Thailand.

Dr. Pant has served as a consultant to UNICEF in India and Zanzibar, the Northwestern University Medical School, Population Foundation of India and All India Radio. She has worked on research projects funded by Population Communications International (PCI) in New York, the Danish Research Council on the Humanities in Denmark and Population Foundation of India in New Delhi.

Currently she is writing a book on ‘Medical Tourism and the Narrative of Surrogacy’. Dr. Pant has widely published in international journals such as Journal of Communications, Journal of Development Communication, Journal of Creative Communications, International Journal of Mobile Marketing, Journal of Cultural Politics and the Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

She can be reached at [email protected]


All participants of the MDP on ‘Effective Leadership Communication In Organisations’ will be awarded with a MICA MDP certificate for successful completion of the programme.


25–27 November, 2014


Ahmedabad – 380 058 (India)


For Indian Participants
Rs. 30,000/- per participant for the residential MDP.
Please add 12.36% towards Service Tax.

For International Participants
US$ 1,250/- per participant for the residential MDP.
Please add 12.36% towards Service Tax.

  • The fee includes the programme fee (including programme delivery and course material) as well as full board and air-conditioned single room accommodation at the MICA MDP Centre.

  • Payment should be made by Demand Draft payable at Ahmedabad, India or a Pan-India Company Cheque in favour of MICA.

  • Payment can be transferred electronically to MICA’s savings account (00491000064062) at Bodakdev, Ahmedabad branch (0049) of HDFC Bank Ltd.


If you remit the fee electronically, please include Name of Remitter (The name of the sponsoring organisation) and Purpose of Remittance i.e. MDP on ‘Effective LeadershipCommunication in Organisations’in payment details.

Please send us the remittance details attaching the original payment slip along with the MDP nomination form to enable us to easily identify your payment sent by electronic transfer.

MICA’s Service Tax Number: AAAT M2168DSD001

We recommend that you send your nominations early. If, for whatever reason, you cancel it, we will refund the fee provided we get your written request for cancellation at least 15 days ahead of the programme commencement date. In case the nominated person does not attend; the sponsoring company can nominate another person to attend the programme with prior intimation.


Early Bird Discount: Nominations received with payment on or before Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, will be entitled for an early bird discount of 10%.
Group Discount: MICA extends a discount of 10% for a group of 4 or more participants attending this MDP together as a team, from the same organisation.
Combine the Two: Organisations, with nominations and payment received on or before Tuesday, 28 October, 2014, can avail of both the discounts subject to a maximum overall discount of 15%.


Early Bird Offer Closes: Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
Last Date For Nomination: Friday, 14 November, 2014


MDP Centre,
Ahmedabad – 380 058 (India)
Phone: +91 2717 308250
Fax: +91 2717 308349
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.mica.ac.in

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