Dr. Sreekumar TS

Associate Dean and Professor at VAYU USA, Leadership consultant (coach and facilitator)

Meet the Speaker

Dr Sreekumar has over 25 years of diverse experience spread across leadership and talent development, academics, project management and technology consulting. He is currently Associate Professor and Dean at Vivekananda Yoga University (VaYU). He was formerly Principal – Infosys Leadership Institute, Head L&D – Deloitte US India Technology Consulting, Head Leadership Development - UST Global. He has served as Executive Coach for senior leaders and hi-potentials at Infosys and Deloitte and has facilitated numerous leadership and managerial development interventions for various other organizations across industries. He has co-created best in class learning interventions with premier academic institutions, global vendors and industry experts. He has championed an integrated 3 year leadership development roadmap for select hi- potentials to Directors at Deloitte. He was part of the Infosys growth journey from an employee base of 5000 to 1,50,000. He is an Engineer by Education, turned into people development and completed his doctorate in Yoga and Management. He has delivered Mindfulness based interventions for ONGC, HAL, Coal India, Robert Bosch and also to a select audience across 20 nationalities sponsored by Indian Foreign embassy. He was invited to the British parliament as a member of the Indian delegate team on yoga, led by Padmashri Dr H R Nagendra.

He has multiple research publications on Yoga and Mindfulness for the workplace. He was invited as Editor for NHRDN Special edition - ‘Spirituality in Management’ published Oct 2022. He has also authored the opening book chapter on ‘Leadership@Infosys’. His key certifications include Executive Coaching from Erickson International (ICF Accredited), Four Disciplines of Execution from Franklin Covey, High Impact Presentations from Dale Carnegie, Principles of Persuasion from Cialdini Institute, Faculty Excellence from Deloitte, Design Thinking Skills from MIT. He is a core team member of the Institute of Indic Wisdom (IIW).


Estimates suggest that working adults, on average, spend about one-third of their waking life at work. Previous studies have shown psychological distress is highly prevalent in working professionals. Physical manifestations of stress include musculoskeletal pain, headaches, constant fatigue, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, cardiovascular illnesses, and substance use, while its psychological manifestations include lack of concentration, negative affect, low self-esteem, and aggression among others. Exploring new pathways, such as mindfulness, can lead to the development of novel tools for enhancing employee well-being at work (Schultz et al., 2015).

Mindfulness-based intervention studies have shown exponential growth over the past three decades. Potential benefits of mindfulness interventions range from mental and physical health outcomes to cognitive, affective, and interpersonal outcomes. Descriptions of mindfulness and methods of cultivating it originate in Eastern spiritual traditions. First-generation mindfulness intervention studies focused mainly on treating adult patients in clinical settings. Over the last ten years, there has been a shift in moving mindfulness intervention studies out of the clinic into institutional settings. Mindfulness interventions are multidimensional in nature and involve multiple active components. The mindful yoga component is shown to produce a significant differential effect on the outcomes. As a means of providing a unified body-mind experience, Yoga has few equals (Salmon et al., 2009). The current study examined the efficacy of cyclic meditation, as a unique yoga-based mindfulness intervention for the wellbeing of leadership professionals.

Two studies were conducted across two distinct employee cross-sections of a large Indian multinational corporate. First study was on leadership professionals and the second study was on offshore professionals who are engaged in a high-risk work environment. Effect of a five-day residential yoga intervention and later follow-up after three months of home practice was examined in these two study groups. Participants were assessed for various psychological constructs like mindfulness, emotion regulation, positive and negative affect, and perceived stress. Results of the linear mixed effects model showed that all the variables had significantly influenced the perceived stress, except for emotion regulation. Findings suggest that intervention is effective in addressing the stress of professionals by improving mindfulness, positive affect, and better emotion regulation strategy, but due to lack of supervised guidance after the program, there is a high chance of further relapse, which needs further attention to maintain an environment of sustained wellbeing.

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SPJIMR's Centre for Wisdom in Leadership (CWIL) aims to supplement traditional leadership development approaches used by corporate learning and development professionals with wisdom traditions from the east and west. The Centre is part of a growing global network of leadership and wisdom centres, scholars, and practitioners. CWIL co-creates and disseminates new perspectives through blog articles, podcasts, training modules, retreats, and conferences.


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