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Leadership and Role Modelling

Understanding Workplace Dynamics

  • Shruti Vidyasagar
  • Poornima Hatti


  • Examines the conflict between role modelling and mentorship programmes in an organisational setting

  • Describes the theoretical underpinnings of role modelling as a concept

  • Examines whether gender influences the dynamics of workplace role modelling in different industries


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Leadership and Followership book series (PASTLEFO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxix
  2. Dynamics of Workplace Role Modelling

  3. Gender and Role Modelling

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Alexandra L. Lyman, Stacie F. Chappell
      Pages 79-104
  4. Practitioners’ Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Raju Ramachandran, T. S. Sridhar, Sudarshan Iyengar
      Pages 179-192
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 193-200

About this book


‘Understanding the dynamics of role modelling is an essential part of fostering a developmental culture at work or school. This book is packed with important information and insights based on cases and examples from various professional and cultural contexts, especially for those who want to make their places of work or study an enriching environment that affords positive transformative experiences.’

Aarti Ramaswami, Academic Director and Associate Professor of Management, ESSEC Business School Asia-Pacific, Singapore

This edited volume explores the influence of role modelling as a process in the workplace; in particular, whether it can aid career development, offer psycho-social support, and provide the motivation and means to achieve goals. Chapters examine whether the dynamics of personal identification and self-belief can affect the way that role models are chosen, placing emphasis on geographical diversity and cultural aspects. By including studies of gender and followership in both American and Indian settings, the scholars and practitioners who contribute to this collection outline key aspects of role modelling, and its effect as a developmental tool in the workplace, from the perspective of the individual and organisations. This book is a valuable resource for academics interested in organisations, management, and diversity, as well as practitioners and policy-makers involved in leadership programmes, who will find its collection of both theoretical and empirical findings extremely useful.


self identity self-identity leadership career development human resource development workplace motivation support mentorship

Editors and affiliations

  • Shruti Vidyasagar
    • 1
  • Poornima Hatti
    • 2
  1. 1.BengaluruIndia
  2. 2.BengaluruIndia

About the editors

Shruti Vidyasagar is a lawyer and editor. She has pursued a varied legal practice in Bengaluru, India, for several years, and works as a freelance editor for a number of leading academic presses. Shruti consults with DAKSH Society, a Bengaluru-based organisation working on responsibility in politics, governance and the judiciary. One of her recent publications appears in Unveiling Women’s Leadership (Palgrave, 2015).

Poornima Hatti heads the dispute resolution team at Samvad Partners, and is based in Bengaluru. Her primary area of focus is commercial and corporate dispute resolution law as well as employment law. She co-authored ‘Is Sexual Harassment at the Workplace Curtailing Women’s Growth?’ in Unveiling Women’s Leadership (Palgrave, 2015).

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