At BrilliantRead Media, we always strive to bring meaningful and powerful stories from India and around the world to empower and motivate our growing community. As part of this endeavour, we invited Payal Nanjiani for an exclusive interview with us. Payal Nanjiani is the CEO and Founder of the Payal Nanjiani Leadership Company. She has been named as Most Influential Leadership Speaker and Executive Coach by Times Group. She is a Thought Leader, Seasoned Entrepreneur, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Author, Mentor, Consultant and Change Enabler. Let’s learn more about her incredible journey, her background, and her advice for our growing community!
Excerpts from our exclusive interview with Payal:
Could you please talk us through your background and your journey, please;
By my profession, I am an executive coach and author. I’ve been in this field for more than 20 years now.
I write on leadership, and my books have been awarded the New York Big City award and the Canada books of excellence award in the business and self-help leadership book category. My clients are predominantly senior leaders and CEOs of companies worldwide, typically in America and Asia.
I like yoga and meditation and spend a lot of time on the same. I am blessed to have a loving husband and two wonderful children who are now independent and grown up.
How are you Reinventing Executive Coaching In Corporate India?
Let me first begin with where India is in regards to executive coaching. Compared to the US, India is still a raw market for executive coaching. Many companies fail to invest in coaching their leaders.
Companies in India rely more on training. Look, at higher levels your leaders are already well-trained. They have the skills that have got them to where they are. More training isn’t going to change the results.”
If you want your leadership team to do better and maximize their potential, that requires a transformation in their thinking and behaviours. I have brought the transformation aspect of coaching in corporate India. It’s all about bringing in the transformation in your leaders.
Personally, I specialize in helping leaders bring about long-lasting and sustainable change in their behaviour and thinking. That’s what allows them to change their results and scale up the company’s growth.
How do you manage to keep going despite the challenges? What drives you?
The deep purpose of helping leaders and organizations to succeed and lead a fulfilled career life.
How are your coaching services different from those already existing in India? What can one expect from your coaching?
I do not know because I do not see what others are doing in the industry. I have no interest or desire to figure out anything about competitors.
As a matter of fact, I don’t even know who my competitors are. I only focus on what I want to give to the corporate world.”
And so through my coaching, you are going to see long-lasting sustainable positive changes in your thinking, behaviours and actions. And it’s all measurable. So you can expect guaranteed results from my coaching. You will get to where you want to be.
Is executive coaching an important aspect of one’s successful career life?
Very much. Initially, a coach was only seen in the sports arena. A great coach will help you bring about changes in yourself that will help you speed up your growth, be more valuable to your industry and lead a fulfilled life.
My clients have told me that coaching with me has been very useful to them as they can talk things out openly and get an outside perspective. I think that’s important for your career development.
In your opinion, what are the keys to success?
One of the major keys to success is commitment. Staying truly committed to your work is hard.
Most people get into what I call SOS-Shiny Object Syndrome, where they keep hopping from one company to another, one project to another, without really becoming experts in their field.”
Success requires excellence, mastery and commitment.
What do you see as the next big trend in leadership?
I see leadership becoming more purpose-driven and tricking down the organization where everyone shows leadership without position and title.
What advice would you give to our readers?
Invest in your growth and development. No one can achieve anything significant alone. We all need guidance.