Snehal Ponde

Ambrose Redmoon once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”

Great leadership comes first and foremost from great courage. Even in the most dismal turn of events that life throws at people, standing strong and weathering in the storm is what defines them as leaders.

When Snehal was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, she was facing perhaps one of the most dreaded situations a person could ever be in. What followed were days of perseverance and determination that tested her physical and emotional strength. However, bravery and an iron will is always rewarded by success. 

Snehal is from Singapore and is a mother to a beautiful 18-month-old. It is safe to say that she’s rocking  motherhood and being a trainer at GMI ® among her other professional commitments. Snehal is an engineer by profession with an MBA in HR. She has also been active in other areas like real estate, communications, NBFC and consulting. With over 13 years of corporate experience, she has worked with multiple leadership teams and managers to create robust talent strategies. After completing her Coaching certification (ACC-ICF) and  NLP (Neuroleadership Programming) certification, Snehal began working with family members or people diagnosed with critical illnesses. She is  an active breast cancer awareness advocate in Singapore and India. 

In 2020, Snehal’s life changed after being diagnosed with breast cancer. It was a new low, one which  could destory all her dreams. It brought fear, dependency and hopelessness about her future. However,  she took this as an oppurtunity to build herself up and come out of it as a much stronger person. It transformed for her the meaning of living itself. She rebuilt her life, put herself out there and took control of her life.

Snehal now works to spread awareness about breast cancer, interacts with people and is a guiding light to those going through a similar situation. She has made it her life’s mission to let many know that they are not alone, and with the right support system and attitude they can overcome  the toughest of situations. 

She is a source of inspiration to many through her work, go-getter attitude and self belief. Along with being a forward and intrepid leader, she also focuses on what new she can bring to the table and learn herself. 

Sacrificing what one loves in the  face of fear only delays the many wonderful experiences that await them. Snehal’s story is one that reflects on how a strong resolve allows people to have a more positive perspective and give them hope to overcome their trials. 

“Coaching excites me. It has given me a goal and a purpose. I love to help people get clarity about their lives,” says Snehal, who coaches individuals on career changes, transitions or personal growth. “I coach during the weeks, when the side effects of chemotherapy have subsided. I never feel tired when I coach. It energises me.”

Everything at Great Manager Institute ®  is done keeping the ‘people manager’ at the centre. It’s all about impacting lives one leader at a time, and that has been one of my biggest takeaways while working at GMI. She feels  that being a great people manager is not rocket science but is all about understanding some basic human needs at work? The need to build connections, the need to feel valued and the need to grow.