Sunday, 13 August 2017

Professor M.S.Rao’s Profile — International Management Guru, Keynote Speaker, C-Suite Advisor & Author of 45 Leadership Books

Professor M.S. Rao, Ph.D. is an international leadership guru and an internationally acclaimed executive coach, educator, author, speaker, and consultant. He is a C-Suite advisor and a sought-after keynote speaker globally.  He earned a Ph.D. in Soft Skills.  He has 38 years of experience in leadership development and conducts training programs for various corporates and educational institutions. He brings a strategic eye and long-range vision given his multifaceted professional experience including military, teaching, training, research, consultancy, and philosophy. His areas of interest include leadership, executive coaching, and executive education. He advocates gender equality globally (#HeForShe―Commitment Number: 1874300)

He is passionate about serving and making a difference in the lives of others. He trains a new generation of leaders through leadership education and publications. His vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030 URL: that is the winner of Leadership 500 Excellence Awards 2015.   Here is a list of international eminent personalities and management thinkers who provided their kind forewords for some of his books: M. Venkaiah Naidu (Honourable Vice-President of India), His Holiness Dalai Lama, Philip Kotler (Father of Modern Marketing), Marshall Goldsmith, Dave Ulrich, Chip R. Bell, Ken Shelton, Jim Kouzes, Barry Posner, Mark C. Thompson, Hermann Simon, Dr. Nido R. Qubein, Dr. Alan Weiss, David Clutterbuck, Mark Goulston M.D, James Strock, John H. Zenger, Fons Trompenaars, Norm Smallwood, Howard M. Guttman, Dr. Tony Alessandra, Jim Cathcart, Chris Widener, Chester Elton, John Baldoni, Lois J. Zachary, Dennis Carey, Kate Sweetman, Subir Chowdhury, Soumitra Dutta, Debra Benton, Gerard Seijts, John Spence, Bill Treasurer, Frank Sonnenberg, Chiranjeevi (India's Megastar) and Kiran Bedi.

He is the father of ‘Soft Leadership’ and founder of MSR Leadership Consultants, India. He has made the biggest impact on the world with his Soft Leadership which can be applied for companies and countries to achieve excellence. He is the author of 45 books including award-winning 21 Success Sutras for CEOs. He has published more than 250 papers and articles in international publications including Leader to Leader, Leadership Excellence, T+D Magazine (ATD), Talent Management, Emerald and Thinkers50.

His award-winning book, "21 Success Sutras for Leaders" URL: was ranked as one of ten finalists for the Department of Leadership Studies Outstanding Leadership Book Award―2013 at the University of San Diego. His book "Success Tools for CEO Coaches" is the Award Winner from Small Business Book Awards, the USA for 2014.  He is the recipient of International Coaching Award―‘Heart-repreneur® of the Year in 2019’ URL: He received Outstanding Reviewer for Human Resource Management International Digest in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence.  URL: He coined an innovative teaching toolMeka’s Method; leadership training tool―11E Leadership Grid; and leadership learning tool―Soft Leadership Grid, based on his new leadership style, ‘Soft Leadership.’ He was honored as an upcoming International Leadership Guru by Global Top Gurus 30 Leadership URL: He serves on the editorial boards of various prestigious international journals including Development and Learning in Organizations, of Emerald, U.K, URL: and The Journal of Values-Based Leadership the USA.  His Amazon book link is: He invests his time in authoring books and blogging on executive education, learning and leadership. Most of his work is available free of charge on his four blogs including He is a prolific author and a dynamic, energetic and inspirational leadership speaker. You can e-mail him at and follow on Twitter at @professormsrao. 


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