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Tips from India’s CEOs

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Western CEOs could learn a thing or two from their Indian counterparts, say the authors of new research on the difference between Indian and Western bosses.

Among the most salient lessons:

Lead with a sense of social purpose. In India, leaders can cite a specific social purpose as a business goal.

“Having a social purpose really motivates workers. If you can articulate a social purpose for your organization and take it seriously, it can have real benefits,” says Peter Cappelli, one of the study’s researchers and a professor at the Wharton School.

Invest in employees. Indian IT firms give 60 days of training to new hires, and even experienced workers can receive months’ worth of training.

U.S. firms typically view training as a risky investment: If an employee leaves, the investment in him is lost.

Act as a role model. “One of the things these leaders all said was more important to them than shareholder value was being a personal role model for their employees,” says Cappelli.

“If people are watching what you do, is what you’re doing really what you want your employees to be doing?”

— Adapted from “What bosses can learn from India’s business leaders,” Mark Tutton, CNN.

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