"When one realizes that all beings are one's own self only, what delusion is there, what grief, for that perceiver of oneness?"

(Isha Upanishad, 7)

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Venkat R. Krishnan

Center for Oneness & Transforming Leadership 

The mission of
"Center for Oneness & Transforming Leadership"
is to contribute to leadership education, research, and training.


Conducting workshops and training programs (in-company management development programs) on "Transformational Leadership" and "Leadership Excellence through Upanishads."


Doing research in the areas of transformational leadership, value systems of individuals, and Indian philosophy.


Advising individuals, groups, and organizations on influencing strategies, and providing inputs from Indian philosophy.
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About Me

D.Litt (Doctor of Letters - Honoris Causa) for "Outstanding contribution in the field of Spirituality, Philosophy, Management and Yoga", S-VYASA University, Bengaluru, 2020.

Ph.D. (Business Administration), Temple University, Philadelphia, 1996.

Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB), Indian Institute of Banking and Finance, 1989.

M.A. (Philosophy), Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, 1987.

Past Roles

Director (Yale-Great Lakes Center for Management Research) & Vasantha-Bala Chair Professor of Management, Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, Mar 2006-Apr 2014.
--> Brought my "Leadership Experiential Project (Karma-Yoga)" with me from XLRI, started adopting neighbouring villages as part of the project in 2009, and made this leadership project the most unique feature of Great Lakes Institute of Management.

Professor (Organizational Behavior), XLRI Jamshedpur, Dec 1996-Feb 2006
--> Click to read the Farewell Note from XLRI Students (published in XLRI magazine X-Factor, Feb-Mar 2006).

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