Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 142, Issue 1, pp 117–138 | Cite as

Sāttvika Leadership: An Indian Model of Positive Leadership



I propose a leadership theory with moral concerns at its core. Sāttvika leadership (SL) is defined as a set of purposive leader actions comprising knowledge-driven cooperation that are initiated on the basis of positive and reasonably accurate assumptions and executed through morally responsible and sustainably fruitful means to secure the flourishing of followers and the collective. SL enhances psychological capital, psychological empowerment, and work engagement of followers while developing them into morally better persons. It enhances their trust on the leader and fellow followers. Further, it develops ethical climate of the organization.


Action Ethical Indian philosophy Sāttvika Moral Positive leadership Spiritual 



I offer sincere gratitude to my guide and mentor Prof. E. Srinivas of XLRI for inspiring me to write this article. I thank Somnath Dutta, my former colleague, for his thought-provoking discussions that helped me better conceptualize this article. I sincerely thank the reviewers for deeply and compassionately engaging with my work. This work is an off-shoot of the main doctoral work that was supported by the Most Promising Doctoral Dissertation Award given by the Management, Spirituality, and Religion interest group of the Academy of Management, USA.


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  1. 1.XLRI Xavier School of Management, Circuit House Area (East)JamshedpurIndia

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