How Important is Education to Developing Leadership Skills?


“I give talks to students in Indian higher education institutes and in Australian universities. The main difference I see? The diversity in the student bodies abroad, compared to back home in India.”

We talk to Amit Dasgupta, former Indian diplomat and the Indian face of UNSW recruitment in the nation, about why higher education is an important tool in the development of leadership skills. As a man who has lived in different parts of the world and interacted with global leaders, Dasgupta is uniquely poised to shed light on the issue.

He raises an interesting point as he claims that tertiary education institutes should focus less on drilling information into students. Rather, they should focus more on empowering their students to develop their decision-making abilities. According to Dasgupta, any successful leader on the planet will tell you that the most important attribute is their ability to wade through the modern day information overload and make the right choice.

At the end of the day, some people are natural leaders. They have the innate attributes and are able to rise up to the highest level of their chosen profession regardless of the obstacles put in their path. However, Dasgupta argues that higher education institutions should do their best to help the rest of us develop those same skills.

You can watch the full interview here. You can also listen to the podcast of this interview here.


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