Home / Management/ Inclusive leaders to vanguard management industry: British Council Country Manager

Inclusive leaders to vanguard management industry: British Council Country Manager

Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Thursday, 5 July 2018 00:00

CMI Secretary Niranjali Weerasekara, 1st Vice President Kaushal Rajapakse, Chief Guest – British Council Sri Lanka Country Director Gill Caldicott, CMI President Murali Prakash, CMI Immediate Past President Malraj Kiriella, CMI 2nd Vice President M.M.S. Quvylidh, CMI Treasurer Beadle Navaraj


By Maleesha Sulthanagoda 

During the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Chartered Management Institute, UK (CMI) Sri Lanka Branch held on Thursday (21), Ambeon Capital CEO Murali Prakash was elected as President of CMI SL.

British Council Sri Lanka Country Manager Gill Caldicott who attended the 17th AGM, shed new light on the importance of inclusivity as a quality in managers of the 21st century. 

Caldicott stressed that by getting inclusivity right, organisations can stand out from the crowd and succeed in the modern world. “Definitions of inclusive leadership abound but in essence inclusive leadership is firstly about leaders being aware of their own biases and preferences and secondly about how as leaders we actively seek out and consider different views and perspectives to inform better decision-making. Self-awareness always comes first – before we can reach out and see the richness and range of talent that is available to us if we are open to it. By getting this right, organisations can stand out from the crowd and be relevant and successful in the multicultural, multi-ethnic, religious, linguistically varied, ethically conscious and in so many other ways diverse and hyper-connected world in which we all live today,” she added.

She also went on to note that inclusive leaders see potential diverse talent and opportunities as residing in different places and being able to contribute to achieving both competitive and cooperative advantage. “Inclusive leaders gather round them and inspire diverse people with a range of different perspectives and approaches. By doing so they drive organisational performance towards a shared vision and build an enhanced brand,” she said. 

According to Caldicott, the diversity of markets, ideas and talent is driving the need for inclusive leadership. The demand being shifted and more emerging markets with growing middle classes representing big growth opportunities calls for more inclusive leaders in various industries. 

The British Council Country Manager also noted that in order to become an inclusive leader, the person must embody six specific signature characteristics. “There are six signature traits of inclusive leadership. Firstly, ‘cognisance’, because bias is a leader’s Achilles heel. Secondly, ‘curiosity’, because different ideas and experiences enable growth. Thirdly, ‘cultural intelligence’, because not everyone sees the world through the same cultural frame. Then ‘collaboration’, because a diverse thinking team is greater than the sum of its parts. Next, ‘commitment’, because staying the course is hard and finally ‘courage’, because talking about imperfections involves personal risk-taking,” she added.

While acknowledging last year’s CMI Sri Lanka Branch highlights and the achievements of the Immediate Past President Malraj B. Kiriella, the newly elected CMI Sri Lanka President Murali Prakash outlined what he wished to implement during his tenure which includes spearheading a thought leadership process that benefits the members, a robust online platforms to meet, greet, share knowledge and network and complementing knowledge forums were mentioned. 

Also during the 17th AGM, Group Managing Director of the Kalhari Group Kaushal Rajapaksa was elected 1st Vice President of the CMI Sri Lanka Branch. 

Pix by Indraratne Balasuriya

Share This Article


1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.


Today's Columnists

Laurels of ‘Living Together’: Refreshing reflections

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

It was a memorable evening with a mega gathering for a meaningfully different reason. It was not just another book launch with ego-boosting speeches about the author. It was also not an event where a popular politician coming late and preaching about

The fate of the rupee: Central Bank is caught with ‘Devil’s Alternative’

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Not all are losing when the rupee depreciates The recent depreciation of the rupee against the US dollar in the market has apparently driven the entire nation to a panic mode. While it had been a field day for the media and opposition law makers, the

Southbound rupee and northbound CoL

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

The Sri Lankan Rupee hit a record low of 170 per $ last week, and the Minister of Finance warns of further depreciation. This is inevitable given the chaotic state of the nation’s economy. While the rupee turns south, CoL (cost of living) has no o

In the desert of Tamil films, actor Sivaji Ganesan was an oasis

Saturday, 22 September 2018

‘Indian Film,’ first published in 1963 and co-authored by former Columbia University Professor Erik Barnouw and his student Dr. Subrahmanyam Krishnaswamy, is considered a seminal study of the evolution and growth of Indian cinema. The book is cit

Columnists More