Local to Global
Leadership is not a place where one can arrive, rather it is a journey which one needs to undertake and keep on moving. Leadership can be learnt and developed provided one would be willing work towards it.
“Leaders are made, not only born” - John Gracy
Leadership is not a place where one can arrive, rather it is a journey which one needs to undertake and keep on moving. Leadership can be learnt and developed provided one would be willing work towards it. Case based teaching is a strong methodology of experiential learning, especially when the context is easily understandable and clearly visualized. When students are able to relate learning with the context around and perhaps also able meet the protagonist as well, it is bound to create memorable experience leading to great learning. Here at Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur we have taken the lead in this regard and proposed to write leadership cases from local Rajasthan context with a view to make it available to students. The Leadership Lab will enable students to participate and learn from all such leadership cases which will further be built and shaped with relevant follow up workshops and forums. The idea is to appreciate and develop leadership which goes from local context to global context. The teaching of cases in the Leadership Lab will also bring about innovation in pedagogy to the forefront. Each case will have wellstructured pedagogy which will touch upon human senses and encourage the element of mystery, drama, humor as the dominant tool. The learning outcomes will be measured and sessions recorded for larger dissemination and further research on teaching-learning.
The Leadership Lab would be aiming towards few critical objectives, listed as follows:
- To develop decision making and leadership acumen amongst students.
- To develop an appreciation of the local and domestic context more efficaciously.
- To make students more agile and receptive towards change.
The use of case studies can be a very effective classroom teaching-technique. It is an exercise in negotiation, compromise, creativity and ofcourse respect for others' viewpoint.The Leadership Lab will allow students to experience the real-world problems related to life and business that are often difficult to understand and do not have an obvious solution. The idea is to provide an immersive experience and bringing students as close as possible to reality.
Dr. Prabhat Pankaj
Director, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
Welcome to the Leadership Lab!
Here you will find teaching cases and videos of how they have been taught in the classroom environment. This is useful from two points of view:
1. Teaching method and
2. Contextualizing learning.
Our objective is to develop leadership cases from local Rajasthan state context where our institute is situated, and use them for teaching our students with a view to develop leadership qualities in them. There is a need to get inspired with local success stories and learn from stories of failure. Any neglect to relate education with the local need and stories would make it incomplete and devoid of context. At Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur we did not want to miss on the opportunity to learn from local stories and bring them to the classroom to make it more contextual and exciting for participants. Perhaps, Jaipuria Institute of Management will be the first B-school in the country to initiate writing of teaching cases on local scenario in a big way and make it a part of curriculum. I am sure this project has the potentiality of impacting learning in a big way and make it more relevant and contextual. I admire the foresight, perseverance, and courage of our faculty colleague who decided to take up this project. I would also like to put on record my sincere thanks and gratitude to all the protagonists of teaching cases included in this volume who saw merit in what we wanted to carry forward with, and agreed to be part of this initiative. Now, we would like to open this learning for everyone interested in case based teaching on leadership, especially learning from the local context and using them to address global problems. Please drop in your comments and suggestion to us.
Learning Leadership From Local to Global, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur
Case discussion on: What does it take to be a leader? Lessons from the life & experiences of Ms. Mugdha Sinha
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur inaugurated Leadership Lab on October 22, 2021. The inauguration comprised discussing the case. This case discussion was unique as during the case discussion the protagonist Ms. Mugdha Sinha , also joined the class and addressed student queries and questions. The case was steered by Dr Prabhat Pankaj, Dr Prashant Gupta, and Dr Aparna Mendiratta.
The Leadership Lab aims to develop leadership acumen in students through various teaching pedagogies including discussing cases written in context of our Home State Rajasthan, which have global relevance also. It also aims to make students more agile and receptive towards change.
The Institute has taken initiative to develop local context cases and to teach them in the class. Use of case studies can be a very effective classroom teaching-technique. It is an exercise in negotiation, compromise, creativity and of course respect for others' viewpoint. The Leadership Lab will allow students to experience the real-world problems related to life and business that are often difficult to understand and do not have an obvious solution. The idea is to provide an immersive experience and bringing students as close as possible to reality.
What does it take to be a Leader?
Case discussion on: Strategic Leadership at Voylla
On Wednesday, 30th March 2022, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur successfully conducted the second episode of “Leadership Lab: The Powerhouse of Case Centric Learning” for Batch 2021-23. It administered the case titled “Strategic Leadership at Voylla - Lessons from Vishwas Shringi, CEO, Voylla” focusing on the concept of Strategic Leadership. Leadership Lab is a unique initiative of Jaipuria Jaipur whose motto says “Our own experiments with innovation in teaching pedagogy”. The innovations brings in the aspect of having a case instructor along with a devil’s advocate.
The case was authored by Dr. Anvay Bhargava, Assistant Professor, OB/HR Area. The case focused on Rajasthan and what better way to have the case discussed on the occasion of Rajasthan Diwas, March 30.
Various leadership styles such as transactional, collaborative, authoritative, strategic, transformational, etc. were also a part of the insightful conversation. Dr. Samar Sarabhai, Dean Academics played the role of devil’s advocate and argued with the case author on various occasions to bring in a contrary prospective to the case.
Afterwards, the protagonist of the case, Mr. Vishwas Shringi, CEO, Voylla graced the session with his presence which took the students by surprise. He addressed the students by sharing the journey of Voylla that how it has evolved over the years, and how it survived during the pandemic. He also talked about empathy concerning COVID-19. According to him, a good leader knows exactly when to step down and let someone else lead in front.
The guest elucidated the difference between strategic leadership and leadership in general. He taught the students how to deal with stress with the help of reading, writing, and meditation. Towards the end of the workshop, students asked various thought-provoking questions which were enthusiastically addressed by Mr. Shringi
Case discussion on: Strategic Leadership at Voylla | Episode 2
Strategic Leadership at Voylla | Listening from the protagonist and students - Episode 2
Case discussion on: Tapri - Back to Sustainability”
On Wednesday, 20th April 2022, Jaipuria Institute of Management, Jaipur successfully conducted the third episode of “Leadership Lab: The Powerhouse of Case Centric Learning” for Batch 2021-23. It administered the case titled “Tapri-Back to Sustainability” focusing on the concept of Sustainability Leadership. This time, innovation happened in the sense that the case instructor role was played by Ms Palak Jhawar along with the devil’s advocate role played by Ananya Agrawal, both students of Batch 2021-23.
The session was followed by all the participants joining the protagonist and devil's advocate in the debate of Sustainability v/s Profits in which many points were raised such as:-
- The Government is not focussing much on the Sustainability part
- Sustainability increases the cost of the product so cost-minded people would not purchase
- Sustainability is a marketing tool/gimmick
- Sustainability is not the cost, not the marketing, it is just the need of the hour
The Tapri case was summarised by the protagonist, Mr. Jaineet from Tapri. Mr Jaineet explained the key sustainable practices followed by Tapri.
Case discussion on: Tapri - Back to Sustainability
"The case discussion was a thrilling experience with full involvement of students, excellent coordination between the steering faculty, wonderful comments from Ms Mugdha Sinha, The Protagonist of the case, and explicit outcome in terms of attributes for a good leader"
Dr. Prashant Gupta
"The case discussion was extremely high on energy and was very engaging for all". The unique pedagogy has set the benchmark in executing the case study in a very unique way."
Dr. Aparna Mendiratta
"This new engagement strategy have helped me to gain greater insights and provided a new way of learning. The leadership lab not only gives out information rather lets us absorb it. Never thought that learning can have so much fun."
"The case discussion was an amazing experience with excellent involvement of students, brilliant coordination between the steering faculty and lastly wonderful comments from Mr. Vishwas Shringi, The Protagonist of the case, and clear outcome in terms of attributes for being called as a Strategic leader"
Dr Anvay Bhargava
"The case discussion was extremely high on energy and was an engaging event for all students". The unique pedagogy of involving the steering faculty, the devil’s advocate and the protagonist himself coming in the end, has set the benchmark in executing the case study in a very unique way."