Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Course Outlines for B-Schools and HR Institutions

 Leadership and Personal Effectiveness Course Outlines for B-Schools and HR Institutions

I am giving below some possible course outlines of courses to be designed to build Leadership Competencies among Young Managers and Studeents of MBA colleages and Post Graduates in HR and Social Work

Course Title: One of the following:

1.       Building Leaders

2.       Maximizing your Leadership Potential: Lessons from Leaders

3.       Self-Management for Transformational Leadership

4.       Baking of HR Leaders: Lessons from Crucible Experiences of Leaders


Course Objectives

This course intends to provide leadership insights for participants from the lives of Successful Leaders who made a difference, the case studies are chosen from the documented case studies of select leaders. The participants are expected to read and assimilate the process of making of a leader, the competencies and values leader’s exhibit and ways of cultivating some of these qualities. The list of leaders to be studied are indicated in the appendix 1 under 3 groups. The participants will chose from the 3 cohorts. For example the first 1 may be more relevant to those pursuing Programs in HR while the second one for those pursuing Social work and other helping Professions while the third one may be for all managers pursuing general Management programs and MBA in general.


The course will consist of four parts

1.       Conceptual readings and presentations and discussion including some self-assessment on tests like those given in the books.

The conceptual work will require reading of books and articles on leadership to get the conceptual underpinnings right. These include the works of Warren Bennis on Crucibles of Leadership, McClelland on Power Motivation of leaders, Udai Pareek on Institution Building, Noel Tichy on Leadership Engine, Dave Ulrich on Leadership in Asia etc.

2.       Readings of case studies and presentations: Choose from one of the Cohorts. The participants will make presentations of the case studies on what qualifies them to ebb be leaders, leadership qualities, crucible experiences, who impacted them, leadership activities, competencies, influencers and lessons for understanding and developing leadership for people of the age groups and sectors represented by the participants. Each presentation should specify at least one lesson and one action plan for developing self and nurturing others. 

3.       Preparation of case studies by participants including a self-study. Each participant will write and present a case study of one’s self using the case studies presented in Leaders in the making by Agrawal and T V Rao or the book 1000 Managers in action. The case studies can be based on net search and preferably interviews on line. This will be specified in the class.

4.       Preparation of Development plans for self-including a plan for development action. This could be based on a 360 Degree Feedback or a personal coaching session between pairs or triads (groups of 2 to 3 participants)

Classroom sessions with presentations by participants

For whom:

·         MBA or PGDM students, Masters in HR, Doctoral Degree or fellow program students. Social work students or Masters in education and allied subjects

·         This course will be of immense value to Executive Education Programs offered by most B-Schools and Universities. This course is based on practical experiences combined with research work in India.

Detailed sessions:

Sessions 1 – 5 (90 minute sessions): Concepts and approaches to Leadership: 1. Peter Drucker (2004), 2. Noel Tichy (1997), 3. Warren Bennis and Thomas (2002), 4. Dave Ulrich (2010), 6. Zenger and Folkman (2002), 7. Jacob Morgan (2020), 8. McClelland and Burnham (1976), 9. Pareek, 1981, 2002), 10. Jim Collins (Level 5 leadership 2001), 11. Rao (2010) on the four types of Managers from Managers h who make a difference.

Each session will discuss two Approaches or articles or books from the above. The readings are given at the end.

Sessions 6-10. The participants will select three case studies per session from any of the cohorts they choose (HR Leaders from Agarwal and Rao or Corporate Managers from 100 Managers in Action or Effective people from Rao, 2015) and will prepare a ppt on the case studies for presentation for 15 minutes each highlighting the case and lessons. In case they choose from Effective people they will also take the questionnaires given at the end of the chapter of that respective case and share their responses and views to improve the tool. Participants are encouraged to take from different sectors or areas.

Sessions 11& 12: Filed work Preparation: Methodology for case study collection developing Interview schedule and Mock Interviews

Sessions 13: Choice of case studies to be done discussion and presentation of preliminary work. Reasons, criteria, sources of information etc.

After session 13 there will be time or break for Filed work

Sessions 14 and 15: Presentation of case studies in groups and sharing of lessons and Individual Development plans

Outcome: For each course the expected outcome will be a possible publication by the group of participants. For example in a class of twenty we expect at least 10 case studies to be developed and participants can work in pairs for interviews and preparation of case studies. The case study should be of similar size as that given in Agrawal and Rao and not exceeding 8000 words.



Class participation: in 10 sessions including presentations 25%

Course work: Tested by class test or review papers 25%

Case studies – Project work: 50%


Leadership case Studies:

Cohort 1: HR Leaders (from the book by Arvind Agrawal and T. V. Rao: Leaders in the Making: Crucibles of change makers in HR; 2022, Penguin Books);

1.       Anand Nayak  

2.       Anil Khandelwal

3.       Anil Sachdev 

4.       Anuranjita Kumar

5.       Aquil Busrai

6.       Aroon Joshi

7.       Ashok K. Balyan

8.       Chandrasekhar Sripada

9.       D. Harish

10.   Dileep Ranjekar

11.   Hema Ravichandar

12.   Kishore K. Sinha

13.   Marcel Parker

14.   Niddodi Subrao (N.S.) Rajan

15.   P. Dwarakanath

16.   Pradeep Mukerjee

17.   Pratik Kumar

18.   Raghu Krishnamoorthy

19.   Rajeev Dubey

20.   R.R. Nair

21.   S.V. Nathan

22.   Santrupt Misra

23.   Satish Pradhan

24.   Saurabh Dixit

25.   Shrikant Gathoo

26.   Sridhar Ganesh

27.   Vineet Kaul

28.   Visty Banaji

29.   Vivek Paranjpe

30.   Yogi Srira

Cohort 2: Leaders from the book “Effective People” by T. V. Rao (Penguin random House: 2015)

Doctors: 1. Dr. Mukesh Chawla, 2. Dr. Ramakant Panda, 3. Dr. Devi Shetty, 4. Dr. Naresh Trehan, 5. Dr Prathap Reddy and 6. M.C. Modi

Civil Servants:1.  Inderjit Khanna, 2. Anil Bordia, 3. N. Vittal, 4.  D.R.Mehta, 5. . Sreedharan, 6. Kaza Gandhi, 7. Jayprakash Narayan, and 8. D.J. Pandian

Educational Entrepreneurs : 1. Kiran Bir Sethi, 2. Manjula Shroff, 3. Sridhar Rajagopalan, and 4. Amitabh Shah, 5. Dr. Ashok Agarwal 6. K Sharat Chandra, 7. K K Nair

Professors: 1. Dr Samuel Paul, 2. Anil Gupta, 3. Shantha Sinha, 4. Kiran Seth, 5. Trilochan Sastry, 6. Jagdeep Chhokar, 7. P.N. Khandwalla, 8. Kavil Ramachandran and 9. M.S. Pillai

Social Workers: 1. Shanti Ranganathan, 2. Gagan Sethi, 3. Thomas Raja, 4. Jadav Payeng,  5. Ayyappa Masagi, 6. Virendra Singh 7. Narayanan Krishnan, 8. Laxmi Gautam, 9. Balaji Sampath, :10. Uttam Teron, and 11. Rajani Paranjpe

Other Professions : 1. K V Kamath, 2. Homi Bhabha, 3. Salim Ali, 4. Dr Anil Khandelwal, 5. Varghese Kurien, 6. C.N.R.Rao and 7. Dr APJ Abdul Kalam


Cohort 3: Leaders from the book:  100 Managers in Action by T V Rao and Charu Sharma: Tata McGraw-Hill, 2012 and Managers who Make a Difference by T V Rao (IIMA Books: Penguin Random house, 2010)


1.       Deepak Patel

2.       Arun K Saha

3.       Alok Bhargava

4.       Deepak Mullick

5.       S. Chandrasekhar

6.       Venkataram Arabolu

7.       Mahendra Agarwal

8.       Mahendra N Patel

9.       G V Prasad

10.   Atul Dalmia

11.   Hemal Patel

12.   Sushil Agarwal

13.   Dr Ashok Agarwal


14.   Dr Malay Mahadevia

15.   P M Nanjappa

16.   AK Sharma

17.   Samuel Varghese

18.   N Rajkumar

19.   Rakesh Arora

20.   Jacob Mathew

21.   Biren Vora

22.   Anil Arya

23.   Karuna Sagar


24.   J S Rao

25.   Dr Dileep Madhusudan Wakankar

26.   Pabbaraju Ramakrishna Raju Ramdas

27.   Harish Chib

28.   M V Sreeram

29.   Neeraj Bhatia

30.   Rupesh N Shah

31.   Sheshanth Bhambore

32.   Gopala Shenoy

33.   Akhilesh Kumar Goel

34.   Saumen Bhaumik

35.   M S Shantharam

36.   Seenivasan K


37.   R Mahalingam

38.   Vikas Vinayak Vaze

39.   Saurabh Dixit

40.   R Venkattesh

41.   Anil Fotedar

42.   P B K Charan

43.   Sachin J Karnik

44.   Angshu Mallick

45.   Nitish Kumar Das

46.   Mahesh Majithia


47.   P V Sankar Dass

48.   T Kumaran

49.   Sasidharan Nair

50.   Nirbhar Neogi

51.   Shesh Narain Singh

52.   C D Mathew

53.   T K Mazumdar

54.   Dr Mangesh Manohar Borkar

55.   Amit Dilip Karandikar

56.   Chacko Joseph

57.   E V S Chakravarthy


58.   Jitendra Mahapatra

59.   Dr Sunil Deval

60.   Harsharan Marwah

61.   Abhilash Sonwane

62.   Akshat Premshankar Joshi

63.   Mukesh Sharad Mahajan

64.   Girija S

65.   Ashok Sadananda Hegde

66.   Vijay Dave

67.   N Kannan

68.   Sanjay Rikhy


69.   Anuj Bhagwati

70.   Jignesh N Patel

71.   Umesh Khachar

72.   Falgun Desai

73.   Gaurav Sharma

74.   Rajendra Kagwade

75.   Girish Kumar

76.   S Viswanathan

77.   Nirmal Punjabi

78.   Vivek C Nair

79.   Mallikarjuna Rao


80.   Paneesh Rao

81.   I V Sarma

82.   Parthapratim Chakrabarty

83.   Uttam Sahay

84.   Dr Shaloo Pandhi

85.   V Gowri Shanker

86.   Subir Kumar Hajra Chaudhuri

87.   Meera Gopalakrishnan

88.   Raaj Venugopal

89.   Tarpan Ramesh Patel

90.   Rajnikanth Prasad


91.   Dr Geetha Ramkumar

92.   Vijayarathna Venkatraman

93.   VB K Rao

94.   Vikas Chachra

95.   S Rajendran

96.   Dr Prasad K Deshpande

97.   Surinder Seru

98.   S Pitchai

99.   Mahesh V

100.                       Shivdas Dhas

101.                       Surendra B S

102.                       Paul Victor

103.                       Priten Bangdiwala

104.                       Sourav Daspatnaik


105.                       Bhaskar Bhat

106.                       V R Kaundinya


Readings and references


Bennis, warren, and Thomas, Robert J. (2002) Crucibles of Leadership, Harvard Business Review, September, 2002; https://hbr.org/2002/09/crucibles-of-leadership

Boyatzis, R.E. (1982), The Competent Manager: A Model for Effective Performance, John Wiley & Sons, 1982. Cohen, William (2020), Peter F. Drucker’s Leadership: see https:// www.corporatelearningnetwork.com/leadership-management/ articles/drucker-called-these-two-organizational-qualitiesessential (downloaded on 9-9-2021)

Drucker, Peter (2004), ‘What Makes an Effective Executive’, Harvard Business Review Communication, June 2004, https://hbr.org/2004/ 06/what-makes-an-effective-executive

Drucker, Peter (1999) Managing Oneself: Harvard Business review

Collins, J. (2001) Level 5 Leadership: The Triumph of Humility and Fierce Resolve. Harvard Business Review, 79, 67-76.

Ganesh, S. R and Joshi, P. (1985) Vikram Sarabhai Leadership Style, Vikalpa, Vol. 10, No. 4, October-December, 1985

McCall, Morgan W., Lombardo, Michael M. and Morrison, Ann M. (1988), Lessons of Experience: How Successful Executives Develop on the Job, New York: The Free Press

McClelland, David C. and Burnham, David H., ‘Power is the Great Motivator,’ HBR Classic, 1976, 2003

Rao, T.V. (2010), Managers Who Make a Difference, New Delhi, IIMA Books, Random House.

Rao, T.V. (2015), Effective People, New Delhi, Penguin Random House.

Rao, T.V. and Charu Sharma (2011), 100 Managers in Action, New Delhi, Tata McGraw-Hill publication.

The CIPD Professional Map Downloaded on 7-9-2021, https://www. coursesonline.co.uk/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cipdsnew-2021-qualifications/ The SHRM Competency Model (2016), https://www.shrm.org/ LearningAndCareer/competency-model/PublishingImages/pages/ default/SHRM%20Competency%20Model_Detailed%20Report_ Final_SECURED.pdf downloaded on 12-9-2021

Tichy, Noel (1997), The Leadership Engine: How Winning Companies Build Leaders at Every Level, New York, Harper Business.

Ulrich Dave: (2010) Leadership in Asia Challenges and Opportunities, McGraw-Hill Education, Ministry of Manpower Singapore. 

Ulrich, Dave, Mike Ulrich, Erin Wilson Burns and Patrick Wright (2021), ‘New HRCS 8 Competency Model Focuses on Simplifying Complexity’, 22 April 2021; https://www.rbl.net/ insights/articles/new-hrcs-8-competency-model-focuses-onsimplifying-complexity

Wright, Patrick M., Mike Ulrich, Erin Wilson Burns and Dave Ulrich (2021), Navigating HR’s Impact, HRCS Round 8 Findings: HRCS, The RBL Group and Michigan Ross: file:///C:/Users/ Admin/Downloads/HRCS-8-report-final.pdf

Zenger, John H. and Joseph Folkman (2002), The Extraordinary Leader, New Delhi, Tata McGraw-Hill (Original McGraw-Hill Edition 2002)

Other possible references & articles

Singh, Pritam, (2017) Leadership challenges: Issues and Challenges, NHRDN Journal, December 2017

Bhandarkar, Asha and Singh, Pritam (1999) Parenting transformational Leaders, MDI Journal, 3(1).

Sinha, J. B. P. (1980) Nurturant Task Leadership_ A model for Effective Executive: New Delhi, Concept.

Vohra. N. & Kumar, Mukul. (2009). Relevance of Peter Drucker's work: Celebrating Drucker's 100th birthday.  Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers, 34(4), 1-8.

Vohra, N., & Bhatnagar, D. (2011). Leadership Development in Organizations in India: The why and how of it: Introduction.Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers, 36(3), 61-65


Vohra, N., Shatdal, A. & Bhatnagar, D. (2011). Leadership development: Insights and way forward.  Vikalpa: The Journal for Decision Makers, 36(4), 122-129.

Gladwell, Malcom (2008) Outliers: Allen Lane, Penguin Books

Khanna, Inderjit (2022) Flashes Before my Eyes:  The Civil Service and More, Rawat Publications: Jaipur

Nooyi, Indra (2021) My Le in Full: Work, Family and Our Future, Penguin random House

Thomas Thakadipuram (2022 in press) Leadership Wholeness: A Model of Spiritual Intelligence, scheduled to be published by Palgrave McMillan, New York. (University of St. Thomas Minneapolis, MN, USA)

Bhaumik, Mani (2006) Code Name God: The Spiritual Odyssey of a Man of Science, Penguin Books

Gupta, Vishal (1920) First Among Equals: T-R-E-A-T Leadership for L-E-A-P in a Knowledge Based World : Bloomsbury India, New Delhi, 2020

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