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Case
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Reference no. 412-010-1
Authors: Madhumita Chatterji (Jagdish Sheth School of Management); Nitin Nayak (Jagdish Sheth School of Management); Rahul Ramakrishnan (Jagdish Sheth School of Management); Shehba Abbas (Jagdish Sheth School of Management)
Published in: 2012
Length: 22 pages
Data source: Published sources

Abstract

There is no single definition of leadership as it is dependent not only on the individual's strengths and weaknesses but also on the external environment and support system available during implementation. The interesting fact about leadership is that it can be traced in every activity that an individual undertakes. Keeping these in mind the Cricket World Cup provided an excellent platform to view leadership styles of all the participating teams. India winning the Cricket World Cup on 2 April 2011 naturally created euphoria among Indians and unleashed a debate on leadership role played by the Indian captain MS Dhoni. Thus this case was developed to understand the leadership traits displayed by Dhoni during the cricket tournament. The effort here is also to understand the impact of external factors like the role of the coach, of the selectors in selecting the team, the weather condition, the advantages of a home ground and crowd to achieve victory. The biggest challenge that a sporting tournament throws up is the volatility of the situation in a short time frame. Thus thinking out of the box is probably a very important trait that a leader in a sport should possess. In a business corporation there is more stability in the sense that systems and processes once framed do not change on an immediate basis. In fact even the economic environment is quite stable. This does not mean that corporations do not have challenges that require innovative thinking. The only difference is there may be time available to review and rectify decisions unlike in a limited over match. Therefore the case should be used to generate debate on the traits that a leader should possess, the significance of external environment and also the sustainability of success. History records as great only those leaders who have been able to sustain through various challenges and emerge as victors. Thus the case should challenge students to evaluate various factors that are essential for success and also understand the consequences of situational factors.
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Abstract

There is no single definition of leadership as it is dependent not only on the individual's strengths and weaknesses but also on the external environment and support system available during implementation. The interesting fact about leadership is that it can be traced in every activity that an individual undertakes. Keeping these in mind the Cricket World Cup provided an excellent platform to view leadership styles of all the participating teams. India winning the Cricket World Cup on 2 April 2011 naturally created euphoria among Indians and unleashed a debate on leadership role played by the Indian captain MS Dhoni. Thus this case was developed to understand the leadership traits displayed by Dhoni during the cricket tournament. The effort here is also to understand the impact of external factors like the role of the coach, of the selectors in selecting the team, the weather condition, the advantages of a home ground and crowd to achieve victory. The biggest challenge that a sporting tournament throws up is the volatility of the situation in a short time frame. Thus thinking out of the box is probably a very important trait that a leader in a sport should possess. In a business corporation there is more stability in the sense that systems and processes once framed do not change on an immediate basis. In fact even the economic environment is quite stable. This does not mean that corporations do not have challenges that require innovative thinking. The only difference is there may be time available to review and rectify decisions unlike in a limited over match. Therefore the case should be used to generate debate on the traits that a leader should possess, the significance of external environment and also the sustainability of success. History records as great only those leaders who have been able to sustain through various challenges and emerge as victors. Thus the case should challenge students to evaluate various factors that are essential for success and also understand the consequences of situational factors.

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