In recent years a number of very public scandals involving the leadership of large international organisations and the ethical and moral stance adopted by business leaders have attracted media frenzy. Collins (2001) suggests that successful leaders are those that are able to combine humility and will. Our research explores the extent to which religion and culture impact on the leadership mindset, behaviour and business landscape. By way of interviews with Indian Business leaders and utilising dialogical interaction analysis, a method of analysing discussion developed by Mead and Bakhtin, we consider the ways in which religion and culture are more prone to be outwardly manifest in business leadership.
This paper is a part of a larger CEO study conducted in India, studying leadership behaviour in the Indian context. Approximately fifteen interviews were utilised for this paper. Each of these interviews lasted for about an hour investigating leadership behaviour, personal and organisational strengths & weaknesses, philosophy of management and organizational change etc.