The Banking profession is often viewed as an unscrupulous profession entered into by individuals who want to build a career and make quick money. This perception has been promoted by Hollywood movies like Wolf of Wall Street, Chasing Madoff, Too Big to Fail, etc. In fact, the banking profession is not what has been portrayed by Hollywood but is rather one of the most regulated and monitored professions. As a banker for many years, I felt it important to change people’s perceptions regarding this profession. For example, as part of giving back to the community, I volunteer with organizations that assist newcomers to Canada, and I also participate in associations that deal with business leaders promoting ethical and moral leadership training and mentorship.
Some time ago, one of my mentors spoke to me about pursuing an MBA: the time was right, and my banking career was warranting higher education if I were to acquire a leadership role within the bank. Nevertheless, I was adamant that I would pursue a Master in Business Administration only if it would add value to my beliefs and ethics. I researched extensively through Google, talked to peer leaders and MBA students, and I attended info sessions at different business schools in Toronto. Luckily, one day a close friend sent me a link to the
Alfred Ford School of Management (AFSM). When I read on its website that this School specializes in Conscious leadership, I knew I had found my path. I contacted AFSM and enrolled in the program. Although the journey was sometimes tedious, the knowledge I acquired is priceless.
When I read on its website that this School specializes in Conscious leadership, I knew I had found my path. I contacted AFSM and enrolled in the program. Although the journey was sometimes tedious, the knowledge I acquired is priceless.
Upon completion of the courses, I embarked on a journey to promote and propagate conscious leadership and ethical decision-making in the corporate banking world. I proactively engaged within and outside the bank by participating in forums, writing articles and joining committees to promote higher values and to be an advocate of change. My employer specifically acknowledged my MBA with Conscious Leadership specialization because of my contribution to the leadership team in Commercial Banking. I often write articles explaining the basics of banking so that people can read and understand some of the bankers’ lingo, as well as simple banking concepts that may initially sound complicated or intimidating. Financial literacy is one of my future focuses. One such endeavour was my article on ‘How to prepare for franchising before approaching the bank’. The article was chosen by Canada’s leading franchise association and published in their January/February 2022 issue of ‘Franchise Canada’, a national magazine. I will also continue to promote Conscious leadership through various not-for-profit organizations I have been involved with.
Indranil’s LinkedIn contact: www.linkedin.com/in/neilroy72/