A critical, global counterpoint to more western-centric that will appeal to critical leadership scholars, those teaching leadership from a critical perspective and those teaching leadership with an international focus. Split into two parts; its first part presents the local and regional variations in leadership from across the globe, with each of the twenty individual authors presenting the histories, cultures, tensions and social changes that shape the practice of everyday leadership in their respective region. Regions and countries included are: the Arab Middle East, Argentina, ASEAN, Australia, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, USA. In the second part, the editors then critically analyses these chapters and identify the key themes and specific issues, enabling the reader to challenge their own leadership perceptions and move beyond the normative, uncritical approach to leadership. Suitable reading for leadership students, researchers and practitioners looking to enhance their knowledge of global leadership.

India: Cultural Ethos and Leadership Styles: Indian Perspectives

India: Cultural Ethos and Leadership Styles: Indian Perspectives

India: Cultural Ethos and Leadership Styles: Indian Perspectives

Asha Bhandarker: Asha Bhandarker, Distinguished Professor of Org Beh, IMI-Delhi, India

Pritam Singh: Pritam Singh, CEO of the Lead Centre, Gurgaon, India

This chapter explores leadership in India, a country characterized by its complex cultural ethos, apparent contradictions and multitude of problems including sharp inequalities. More specifically, we will focus on the relationship between a few prominent features of the Indian sociocultural history and leadership in organizations.1 The content of this chapter reflects our experiences as researchers, consultants, trainers and, in some cases, as board members of Indian organizations with nearly a hundred CEOs and thousands of managers at senior and top management levels.

A Sociohistorical Perspective

India is a symbol of ...

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