Sourav Ganguly (A): A Case Study in Leadership
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Human Resource Management/ Organizational Behavior,
This case is about the charismatic and controversial former
captain of the Indian national cricket team, Sourav Ganguly (Ganguly). The case
outlines the emergence of Ganguly as a leader, his spectacular rise and
subsequent fall from grace. Ganguly became the captain of the team in 2000, when
it was in a deep crisis. Over the next few years, with the help of the coach
John Wright, he soon turned the team into a combative unit. His team building
skills, impartiality and, guts displayed in supporting his team members through
thick and thin, endeared him to the team. Experts credited him with instilling a
sense of aggression in the team. Ganguly soon became the most successful captain
in the history of Indian cricket.
The case also discusses the fall of Ganguly in 2005 and his public spat with
coach Greg Chappell (Chappell) which led to his exit from the team. With a
section of the media running a vilification campaign against him and the team
management being clear that it did not want him back in the team, the
international career of Ganguly seemed to be over. Since age was not on his
side, few felt that Ganguly could make a comeback into the team. But Ganguly
refused to announce his retirement and continued to fight to win back his place
in the team despite all the odds.
The case will help understand various issues in human resource management and
organizational behavior such as leadership, motivation, team building, etc.
» Understand the issues and challenges in leadership and team building /
» Understand the theories in leadership (trait theory, etc.)
» Understand and make generalizations on the various concepts of group
dynamics, change management, conflict management, etc.
» Appreciate the importance of people skills for a leader / manager.
Indian cricket, Sourav Ganguly, Leadership, Charismatic
leader, Intuitive leader, Team building, Motivation, Group dynamics, Performance Management, Attitude, BCCI, Greg Chappell, Personality, Ego, clash, People
skills, People management, Communication, Cultural changes, Power.
Sourav Ganguly (A)-A Case Study in Leadership
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