Developing Strategic Leadership in the Indian Context: Leadership

Developing Strategic Leadership in the Indian Context: Leadership

Minisha Gupta (IMS Unison University, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4933-8.ch013
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With intense competition, it has become quite challenging for organizations to continuously create and innovate. Since leadership has been identified as an effective key factor in attaining sustainable competitive edge, there remains a lack of research to assess the role of leadership most likely to cause creativity and innovation. This chapter tries to conceptualize the impact of developing strategic leadership in Indian organizations. This has a significant impact on organizational creativity and innovation. Firms facing recession need to develop their leaders as strategic leaders who can generate a positive wave in the organization, provide direction to employees, generate genuine interest among employees to learn and grow. Strategic leaders develop commitment among employees by providing a vision and goal to them. They think strategically and frame policies as per employees' needs and expectations. This study demonstrates the impact of strategic leadership style to generate creativity and innovation among their subordinates.
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In today’s dynamic and disrupting global business setting, continuous change in organizational systems, processes, and structures is crucial for sustaining business success and competitive advantage. As continuous change becomes necessary, organizations learn to leverage their core competence and develop survival strategies, in order to face the challenges of rapidly increasing competitive scenario, dwindling product life cycles, and changing customer norms. The key to attain effective management of these rapid and disruptive changes is initiating effective leadership.

In a survey conducted by JobBuzz, a Timesjob rating platform, 900 employees have participated. Their responses to the questions were as under (Table 1).

Reasons for infusing leadership in Indian organizations
Questions Asked From RespondentsExcellentSatisfactoryVery Poor
Management Leadership skills253540
Necessary resources40060
Use of available resources20080
Employees interaction with top management5095
Problem handling by top management10090
Public Relation35065
Work culture254530
Scope of improvement like Workplace
Scope of improvement like Compensation scheme02575
Scope of improvement like Work environment02080
Amendment in leadership style01585

Source: Katha, 2017

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