SriLankan Airlines’ future leaders mentored by the best

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SriLankan Airlines’ Human Resources Division recently nominated two successor pools consisting of managers and senior managers, with the aim of preparing them for the critical positions of the organisation. Under this program the nominated managers are to be mentored by prominent corporate personalities. Under this initiative, seven role model personalities have been selected as mentors for the successor pools; namely SriLankan Airlines Board Member/John Keells Holdings Chairman Susantha Ratnayake, Chevron Lubricants Lanka MD and CEO Kishu Gomes, Management Consultant and Executive Coach Prof. Sri Kandaiah, Management Consultant/Eagle Insurance Former CEO Deepal Sooriyaarachchi, PIM Senior Faculty member and Professor of Marketing Prof. Uditha Liyanage, PIM Director Dr. Ajantha Dharmasiri and President’s Counsel/ Softlogic Holdings and Sampath Bank Director Prashantha Lal De Alwis. These renowned mentors dedicate their time to provide assistance and share their in-depth knowledge, enabling employees to plan and nurture their career paths and aspirations in the organisation, as a result of this valued corporate knowledge transfer. SriLankan Airlines Head of Human Resources Pradeepa Kekulawela said, “In our ‘quest to be the best’ we have decided to tap into the collective wisdom of top corporate leaders to shape and sharpen the attitudes, skills and the competencies of our senior management potentials, especially to coach them to think differently. We are very fortunate to have the above star personalities in our member pool who have added tremendous value to our successor development project.” With this initiative, the selected managers are given the opportunity to interact with the mentors via one-to-one chats, email, skype calls etc. Some of the topics that are discussed in detail are leading for results, the Norms of 21st Century Management, Leading with a Creative Edge, Making sense of Life as well as Revolutionary Leadership to successfully deal with modern day challenges. In addition, a series of knowledge sharing sessions are organised during which the successors are provided with exclusive training for their professional as well as personal development. SriLankan Airlines’ succession planning program is a 2-year program and at the end of the training period the nominated managers will be assessed and their readiness will be communicated to the higher management to determine their roles .