Anil Sachdev is one of the tallest leaders in talent management in the country. He is the Founder, CEO and present dean of the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL). At the age of 19, while most people are still figuring out what they want from life, he wrote his mission statement clearly. He decided that he wanted to contribute to India’s economic growth without spiritual impoverishment.
Having worked at Tata Motors and Eicher Group for years, he created Grow Talent and SOIL with one aim in mind – to create leaders that could take the country forward.
Anil Sachdev, Founder and Chairman, SOIL – The School of Inspired Leadership
Anil Sachdev is the Founder and CEO of Grow Talent Company Limited and the School of Inspired Leadership-SOIL. Grow Talent was created in July 2000 and became the leader in the strategic HR consulting industry by 2006.It enabled large number of Global and local firms to achieve breakthrough performance by realising the potential of their people and creating a talent advantage. In October 2008, Anil and the other co-founders of Grow Talent entered the field of Education by creating SOIL- the School of Inspired Leadership. This innovative School has been co- created by a consortium of 32 leading firms and has focus on the five pillars of inspired leadership: Compassion, Diversity, Ethics, Mindfulness and Sustainability. In 2019, Soil has launched its second campus in Manesar- the SOIL School of Business Design that is offering the first of its kind two years full time MBA that combines the disciplines of liberal arts, design thinking and management education Anil’s experience in India and across the world covers areas such as talent management, strategic change and organizational transformation.
Recognised as a thought leader in leadership development and Organizational transformation, Anil has done pioneering work with leading global and local firms. He has spoken at national and global conferences all over the world and has written contributory pieces for leading publications. He has been adjunct Faculty to leading business schools such as Indian School of Business, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, GMI, Flint Michigan, Antioch University, Seattle, Ohio University and University of New Brunswick, Canada. Anil began his career with Tata Motors in 1975 after completing his MBA from the University of Pune and joined Eicher in 1978 and worked in HR, operations and TQM. He is the Founder of Eicher Consultancy Services and was its CEO till 2001. ECS was responsible for bringing AT Kearney to India and Anil acted as their first Managing Partner in India. Later ECS became a 50:50 JV with Menlo Park, California based Strategic Decisions Group (160 Phds, mostly from Stanford) and its consultants participated in several client projects in America, Europe etc. He is active in management circles and has held several public offices such a Chairman of National Committees on Leadership Development, Human Resources, Industrial relations of the Confederation Indian Industry. Anil is a member of the Academic Committee and Faculty member of CEDEP, the leading Leadership Institute of Europe, located in the INSEAD campus Fontainebleau. He is a member of the World Compassion Council, based in Seattle and a Trustee of the Chinmaya Mission. He serves on the Global Board of Shizenkan University in Tokyo.