Dr. V of Aravind Eye Hospital: A 'Level 5' Leader

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Case Code : BSTR100 For delivery in electronic format: Rs. 400;
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Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 1997 - 2004
Organization : Aravind Eye Hospital
Pub Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Countries : India
Industry : Service


The case aims at uncovering the leadership dimension that underlies the success of Aravind Eye Hospital. The case focuses on the leadership style of Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy (Dr. V), the founder of Aravind Eye Hospitals. Detailed information is provided on the circumstances in which he grew up, and the factors that moulded his personality. Dr. V, with his qualities such as humility, and professional will has been portrayed as a Jim Collins' level 5 leader. The case also talks about how Dr. V realized his vision by inspiring like-minded people. There is also a mention of how he defined Aravind Hospital's scope of operations, and leveraged advances in information technology. The case also discusses Aravind's innovative business model pioneered by Dr. V.


How an individual flowers into a level 5 leader and operates with a sense of mission

How some leaders like Dr. V could foresee today's market demands


  Page No.
Introduction 1
'Crucibles Of Leadership' 2
Inspiring Standards With Intense Will 3
Compelling Humility 6
The Hedgehog Concept 6
Technology Accelerators 7
Conclusion 8
Exhibits 9


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