The leadership chair was set up as part of an initiative of the former Vice Chancellor - Fr Thomas C Mathew and an alumnus of CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Mr Adman Praveen Kenneth. Mr. Kenneth wanted to give something valuable back to the Institution that had positively influenced him through his journey of success. Being a staunch believer in the philosophy that everyone can be a leader, Mr Praveen Kenneth expressed his desire to set up a leadership chair to bring real leadership to the forefront of conversations and engagement and to create awareness among the students of the university of the importance of personal and social leadership, in their lives and thereby contributing to societal demands. The chair is supported by veteran Adman Praveen Kenneth, Chairman of Elohim and Kenneth Ventures Pvt. Ltd and founder Chairman & Managing Director of Law & Kenneth Saatchi & Saatchi, with a vision to bring leadership to the forefront of conversations and engagement
Praveen Kenneth Chair on Leadership proposes to operate using a triangular model (see Fig. 1) that functions with a core belief on Authenticity (living life based on inner values and character strengths rather than societal demands) aligned towards addressing the vision of CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Excellence and Service and the mission of The Leadership Chair, to create empowered leaders for today and tomorrow (leadership culture). Within this framework, we would be engaging in conversations across campus through a cascading process by
1. Building Self-awareness among senior leaders and Students (Self-Assessment and Enquiry)
2. Engage in Leadership development (Training and Coaching)
3. Nurture a campus-wide Institutional development (Feedback and Evaluation)
Authentic Leadership Model for Praveen Kenneth Chair on Leadership
Dr Tony Sam George holds various leadership positions in the University. He is the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Head of the Department of Psychology, Additional Director, Centre for Research. He serves as the Chief mentor for the Leadership Chair. He has over two decades of clinical and teaching experience. He has also received a leadership training in ‘Academic Leadership’ at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr George serves as a positive source, resource, knowledge and as an advisor to help the leadership chair reach its goals.
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