Hard versus soft leadership? Examples and illustrations

  • M.S. Rao
  • Strategic HR Review, August 2016, Emerald
  • DOI: 10.1108/shr-02-2016-0016

What is it about?

The purpose of this research paper is to explore soft leadership to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness

Why is it important?

The paper elaborates with 11 Cs that constitute soft leadership – character, charisma, conscience, conviction, courage, communication, compassion, commitment, consistency, consideration and contribution. It differentiates between hard and soft leadership.


Professor M. S. Rao
MSR Leadership Consultants India

It concludes that exploring soft leadership helps greatly for the leaders to satisfy all stakeholders to achieve organizational excellence and effectiveness. It emphasizes that soft leadership creates a resourceful environment to enhance employee engagement to achieve organizational productivity and performance.

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