On September 18th, AMCHAM hosted a motivational session with Mr. Edgard Kagan, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy in conversation with Mr. Salil Gupte, Chairman, AMCHAM and President, Boeing India. DCM Kagan discussed wide-ranging topics that included his family, career path and India experiences both in Mumbai and Delhi. He also discussed leadership characteristics that have proved to be essential during these uncertain COVID times. He shared how the U.S. mission was engaging with Indian government stakeholders, the story behind the arrangement of the repatriation flights, logistics challenges and many other highlights. He discussed best practices that a leader should embody and demonstrate to have a happy and mentally sound staff in an organization. An overarching takeaway — the need to protect and encourage a team to perform to the best of their abilities would be vital for continued success.