EECS500 Fall 2016 Department Colloquium

‘Balu’ R Balasubramaniam, MBBS, M.Phil, MPA
Exercising Enlightened Leadership
Cornell University
Wickenden 321
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
October 28, 2016
Today’s problems such as education, global warming, and health care, are complex and demand newer skills to tackle them. No single institution, be it a governmental one, a corporate   or a nonprofit organization can solve these in isolation.  A new kind of leadership - a more collaborative and self-aware model is needed. Leaders must integrate knowledge and talent from individuals, units, and organizations in the business, nonprofit, and government sectors to advance the common good.  This leadership should be driven by higher values and be at once adaptive, pragmatic and culturally well informed.   It should not only take organizations, communities and society forward in times of increased interconnectedness and rapid change but also serve as a means of personal self-transformation. 
The talk will begin with understanding ‘Leadership’ and distinguishing it from ‘Authority.’ The speaker will introduce the audience to the role of leadership in three dimensions: the self, the relationship of the self with others, and call to action. Concepts of tapping into our inner energies and functioning with a heightened sense of self-awareness will form a part of the talk. By the end of the talk, one will  be able to appreciate  that  Leadership  is  relational  and  will  be  able  to  have  a  better understanding of themselves, of others around them and the action that binds their self to others. The talk will draw from the concepts of leadership, psychology, neurobiology and from the wisdom contained in the scriptures of India. 



Dr. ‘Balu’ R Balasubramaniam is a development activist who is a physician by qualification.  After his degree in medicine, he earned his MPhil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani.  He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.  He was the distinguished Frank Rhodes Professor at Cornell University, USA. He has traveled widely promoting the concept of participatory sustainable development, which is contextually relevant and culturally appropriate.  He is a Tata Scholar, a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and a Fellow at the Hauser Center for Non-profits, Harvard University. He frequently lectures on leadership and has authored 5 books and is active in his blog at rbalu.wordpress.com