Hi, I’m Sumit gupta

I help Leaders who are at a crossroads to do the work of their lives – while having fun and making real impact – with people they care about.


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Deploy Yourself School of Leadership


Compared to just 2019, it seems like we are living in a very different world…

If you are a leader, you probably know that the old style of leading is not working anymore. Even when it does, there is a huge price (stress, disengagement) to be paid for that.

People want to be led differently today, and we must learn and adapt. And frankly, the new way produces better results too.

I founded the Deploy Yourself School of Leadership for just that – to elevate the level of leadership in our organisations and lives.

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What is Deploy Yourself School of Leadership?

Leadership == Surfing

Leadership in the 21st century is like surfing in the ocean. You are either riding a wave, or you are under one being thrown around. Either you are having fun surfing the waves, or you are swallowing salty water, which I am sure you would agree is no fun.

Deploy Yourself is learning to ride the waves and having fun while doing so. 

Are you Deploying Yourself?

Are you being deployed by circumstances, other people, their expectations and demands; or are you choosing to Deploy Yourself – on your own terms? It is your life, after all… If life is an iceberg, then it has 3 layers, and we need to Deploy Ourselves at all levels.

1. Your Actions - The Visible Layer

This is what we usually focus on – doing more, being busy, working hard, etc – to create better results

2. Presence - The Hidden Layer

Presence is the quality of our being. It includes our moods, emotions, energy, and body. Unless we are present, we are operating only from limited bandwidth.

3. Care & Purpose - The Hidden Layer

 Identifying what we (and others) most deeply care about allows us to create better teams, well-being, and results.

Meet Sumit

Often, the toughest story to tell is your own.

What most people know about me is that I have spent 20 years doing software, started 2 for-profit and 1 non-profit organization, and have spent 9 years doing photography.

What most people don’t know about me is that I have spent a lifetime staying invisible. I have used my computer and camera as tools to hide behind. Even when leading teams, I have always been more coach-like and let others shine.

As an introvert, I have spent so much of my time hiding myself that I now see where people are powerful even when they cannot. Looking back, it feels like I have been a coach my whole life.

I combine my experiences as a techie, engineer, 3x entrepreneur, leader in companies like Yahoo and Booking.com, and as a poet and photographer – to help leaders merge the science of doing business with the art of leadership.

I have taken a stand to:-

✅  Help everyone show up as a leader – to create results that matter  while having fun and building strong relationships.
✅  Enable workplaces that nourish people rather than making them sick – while producing powerful results – not just for us but also for our future generations.
Create a world where we can discuss any issue with each other with love – as comrades, not as adversaries.

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“When I first spoke to Sumit, I used to say that I am in a constant race and I don’t know what I’m running away towards or from. I used to have a whole lot of anxiety. It has come down a lot and allows me to operate from a sense of calm.

My whole perspective of time has also changed. What I could have done previously in two months, I was able to do in two days. Now I know  where I am headed and why, and I have learned to smell the roses on the journey.”

Pradeep – Co-founder of Obvious Technology and ex-VP of Product at Swiggy

“Sumit’s proactiveness to help at every request moves me. He makes connections swiftly, gives feedback judiciously on applications and is a huge moral support at times I’m daunted. Sumit helps me believe I am not alone, and I am valuable and supported.”

Bharti Kannan – Founder, Boondh

“Sumit quickly understands exactly what I’m going through each time I try to explain it. Since working with Sumit I am in a much more calm, confident, and positive place. 

I feel much less burdened than I did before and genuinely excited to improve my personal integrity and take on the uncomfortable tasks that I have avoided for years due to the weight of all of what I had been carrying emotionally. “

Carson Green – President at CyGen Technologies, Inc.

“I felt locked up inside myself and inside my home, but did not realize what impact that had on my posture and stressors until Sumit has helped me feel it.

While being in nature or during sports activities I feel like a strong woman. Through Sumit’s coaching, I have been able to go through other areas in life with that same feeling and posture.

Because I dared to feel strong, even in situations that are a bit more out of my comfort zone, I have created a life that is a lot more energized than before.”

Jocelyn Fanoy – Mental-physical Coach