Leadership for India Inc: Practical Concepts and Constructs

By Prof. C Bhaktavatsala Rao   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 1186
This 12 week course on Leadership provides a comprehensive and detailed overview of the multi-faceted domain of leadership and management, blending theory and practice in a very distinctive manner. It demonstrates the importance of leadership as the engine of industrial and business growth. It brings out several new constructs based on real-life case examples, and practical applications of theory, in a multi-disciplinary approach. The course helps the participants acquire soft-skills and develop a leadership personality in appropriate interface with technology, business and socio-economic factors. The course incorporates several models for executives to be successful, and details the pathways for them to attain positions of leadership in their professions and organizations. The Course is reinforced with real-life examples of leadership based on the Instructor’s multi-decade industrial and business experience spanning multiple industries, multi-nationally and at senior leadership levels.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Students pursuing MBA and PhD; Executives, managers and leaders in industry, business and administrators as well as Entrepreneurs


INDUSTRIES SUPPORT : This course is likely to be well-recognized by a wide number of companies and industries, including start-ups.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Management Studies
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Introduces the course. Discusses various aspects of leadership and management as important domains of study. Multiple thought streams of management and related thought leaders are presented.
Reviews the important theories of leadership that have had chronological evolution and recognition in management literature.
Discusses the role of leadership in contemporaneous and futuristic contexts, defining roles and responsibilities for a new world socio-economic order of sustainable growth. The connect leadership has with technology, business and sustainability is established.
Reviews various leadership qualities including traits, skills and attributes, and identifies certain common essential qualities. The apex leadership competency framework is unique to this course.
Focusses on processes and methodologies for developing leaders in organisations, including through self-development.
Discusses the importance of reinforcing as well as disrupting established product and service structures, and leveraging organizational structures to create new growth niches.
Examines the critical aspects of leadership transitions and CEO successions, based on Indian and global case studies.
Week 8:Functional Leadership Models
Functional leadership, being a prerequisite for organizational leadership, is discussed in terms of five key domain-specific leadership models.
Week 9:Transformational Leadership Models - 1
Discusses unique aspects of transformational leadership models, with examples based on specific organizational and business contexts.
Week 10:Transformational Leadership Models - 2
Presents additional transformational leadership models, with examples based on specific people development approaches.
Week 11: Leadership Philosophies
Identifies and analyses various philosophical conundrums involved in leadership and presents ways to resolve such dilemmas and paradoxes for individual and organisational effectiveness.
Week 12:Legendary Leadership
Studies five leaders from the fields of public eminence, academic excellence, industrial competitiveness, pharmaceutical innovation and conglomerate development for unique Indian leadership models. The Course concludes with a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, a leader who defies any comparison, nationally and internationally. The lecture builds a model of authentic leadership drawing ten instructive lessons from his life, relevant for leadership in any organization.

Books and references

Bass, B.M. Bass and Stogdill’s Handbook of Leadership: A Survey of Theory and Research, New York, Free Press, 2008
Bennis, Warren. On Becoming a Leader. Basic Books, NY, 2009
Northouse, Peter G. Leadership: Theory and Practice, (8th Edition) Sage
Yuki, G. Leadership in Organizations (3rd Edition), Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Instructor bio

Prof. C Bhaktavatsala Rao

IIT Madras
Dr. C. Bhaktavatsala Rao received his Ph.D. Degree in Industrial Management and M. Tech. Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. He received his B.E. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati. 

Dr. C. B. Rao has over forty-six years of diversified experience in strategic and operational leadership of large reputed companies, including global multi-national corporations, in India. His last formal fulltime corporate assignment was Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Hospira Healthcare India Private Limited, a Pfizer company. Dr. Rao is a prolific writer with over one hundred and seventy publications in economic and business dailies and refereed journals. He has established LeaderCrest Academy for high-quality academic publishing and management consulting. He has authored and published eight books under his LeaderCrest banner over the last forty eight months. 

Dr. C. B. Rao is currently Dr. Ajit Singhvi Chair Professor in Department of Management Studies at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. Dr. Rao also supports select global and Indian corporations as Senior Advisor/ Member of Board of Directors.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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