CEO of the Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre, author of Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders, co-author of Be the Change and a regular writer for Forbes, Rajeev Peshawaria has extensive global experience in leadership and human capital consulting.
He began his professional life as a banker and currency trader. Very soon thereafter he became disillusioned with the fact that a lot of young people joined the workforce full of hope and enthusiasm, only to be crushed into cynicism by bosses who do not care enough to develop and nurture them. He could not understand the work-life balance debate, and struggled with questions like: Why are work and life considered so different and opposite from each other? Why don’t people feel a sense of excitement coming to work every day? He also noticed that while technological advances were changing life and work at a pace never experienced before, certain management practice was still stuck in the 1930s.
Unable to discard these thoughts from his mind, Rajeev began to self-educate himself on the mysteries of human behaviour, and eventually abandoned the highly lucrative field of trading for a career in human resources – something that was considered suicidal at that time. He concluded that many people and organizations under-achieve their potential because of poor leadership, or at times, no leadership at all. He has since dedicated his life to redefining leadership, thereby helping individuals in enriching their lives, and organizations in achieving their full potential.
Rajeev has provided speaking and consulting services globally. His clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Mitsubishi, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, The World Bank, US Treasury, US Securities & Exchange Commission, Indian Railways, Sinarmas, Allianz, Permata Bank, PwC, Nestle, Mohammad bin Rashid School of Government, Prudential, Maybank, Great Eastern, Citibank and many more.
He has also served as guest faculty at leading business schools in the US, Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Iclif, he has been Chief Learning Officer of both Coca-Cola and Morgan Stanley, and has held senior positions at American Express and Goldman Sachs.
Rajeev has been featured on various media channels including Bloomberg TV and radio, National Public Radio (NPR), Harvard Business Review, CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Leader to Leader, American Management Association and Leadership Excellence magazines, The Times of India, The National Dubai and The Mint.