Article: Leadership: In Search Of Change Maestros


Leadership: In Search Of Change Maestros

In their latest book, In Search of Change Maestrosi, Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Asha Bhandarker from MDI study the methods of seven successful Indian business leaders and outline the 'Change Maestro DNA' in the Indian context

The research describe the required traits and capabilities to be a change agent in the Indian corporate context.


7 Great Indian wealth creators and Institution builders


As India becomes a central and important player in the global economy, identifying, recognizing and honoring its leaders and their contribution creates a very useful guide for understanding the leadership traits that succeed in the Indian eco-system. It also helps create role models for a new generation of entrepreneurs. In their latest book, In Search of Change Maestrosi, Dr. Pritam Singh and Dr. Asha Bhandarker from MDI study the methods of seven successful Indian business leaders and outline the ‘Change Maestro DNA’ in the Indian context
This is the introduction to a seven-part series that will explore the stories of these seven leaders

In a society that is experiencing poor perception of leadership at all levels - political, social, economic, religious and academic, such ‘Change Maestros’ revive faith in the power of leadership for building organizational change. Following a systematic scientific analysis and intensive research spread over three years, the authors identify the leadership traits of the seven ‘Change Maestros’ and the characteristics of the organizational culture they have created, in their mission to understand what makes each of them a great leader in the Indian context.
The research unfolds the stories of the seven unique leaders who, in their unending quest to bring change in these organizations, also have a deep and positive impact on increasingly large number of people who become partners in the change process. The research reveals the following common elements of their leadership styles and their persona.
Highly ethical, ambitious and global perspective coupled with innovative thinking.
Significant understanding of themselves and alignment between their vision and their actions. They mean what they say, they walk-the-talk.
Big dreamers with great ambition and global vision. Bold, courageous and passionate with a powerful entrepreneurial spirit.
Strong connect with their past, their families and Gandhi as role models.
Tremendous similarities in terms of their attributes and leadership competencies frameworks.
Aesthetically turner in and particular about the places they create in the organizations, for themselves and for their employees.
These attributes are consistent across the very diverse and eclectic profiles of the Change Maestros researched; the results bring soul, mind and body together to describe the required traits and capabilities to be a change agent in the Indian corporate context.


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