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Leadership insights from the top: exploring leadership through the narratives of CEOs in India

Smita Tripathi (Graduate School of Management Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK)
Guru Prakash Prabhakar (Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK)
Joyce Liddle (Aix-Marseille University, Aix en Provence, France)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 10 August 2015




The purpose of this paper is to highlight the corporate and non-corporate leadership practices in India, the effect of culture on such practices and how these drive management philosophies.


Semi-structured interviews were conducted with CEOs from India. A key finding was that Indian leadership shares some aspects of global leadership traits, but factors such as culture and religion are significant influences on their leadership style and philosophy.


The findings are helpful to both practitioners and policy makers seeking to understand the leadership style of Indian CEOs.


Many qualities of a good leader, as defined by Indian CEOs were derived from the Hindu mythology (Bhagvad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana and the four Vedas).



Tripathi, S., Prabhakar, G.P. and Liddle, J. (2015), "Leadership insights from the top: exploring leadership through the narratives of CEOs in India", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 11 No. 3/4, pp. 126-146.



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