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Abstract

In this study, the researchers focus on the leadership styles of two of the game of Cricket’s most charismatic leaders of the twenty-first century – Steve Waugh of Australia and Sourav Ganguly of India in a bid to relate their styles with classic leadership theories. Both Waugh and Ganguly have been arguably recognized as the most successful cricket captains of their respective countries and have earned accolades from cricket pundits as brilliant leaders of men. In this study, a content analysis of the articles about these two legendary captains published in the highly-acclaimed Wisden almanac, electronic media such as Sportstar, Cricinfo Magazine and standard newspapers of India, Australia and other neutral countries was undertaken. The content analysis of eighty-seven articles spreading over a page length of 127 A-4 size papers revealed Waugh to be a more result-driven autocratic leader who led more by example, while Ganguly showed traits of a transformational leader who led by motivating his teammates. The study is expected to contribute to the existing body of leadership research with some new knowledge of the construct of leadership, which have been discussed at length in this paper.

Keywords

Leadership, Decision-Making, Cricket, Content Analysis

Author Bio(s)

Pratyush Banerjee is Assistant Professor at IBS Business School, IFHE University, Hyderabad, India. He has a PhD in Human Resource Management from ICFAI University Dehradun. He has interest in the fields of cognitive psychology and qualitative research methodologies. He has published research articles in journals of international repute and has presented several papers at various international conferences. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Pratyush Banerjee at pratyush.banerjee@ibsindia.org.

Shantanu Shankar Bagchi is Assistant Professor at IBS Business School, IFHE University, Hyderabad, India. He has a PhD in Operations Management from IBS Business School, IFHE University, Hyderabad, India. He has interest in the fields of operations research and qualitative research methodologies. He has published research articles in journals of international repute and has presented several papers at various international conferences.

Publication Date

5-8-2017

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