Quantum Leadership

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We have been talking and hearing about leadership in an organization for quite some time now. In discussion with CareerBuilder, Mr. Adhiraj Dey, enlightened us about Quantum Leadership and how it impacts the organizational culture.

Excerpts of the discussion with Mr. Adhiraj Dey, VP (HR), ITC.

What exactly is Quantum Leadership?  

In simple words, Quantum leadership is the process of leading from the future. Since the outside forces, are not in control of any organisation & are unforeseen and complicated, management needs to realign their internal culture as well as operational strategies to address the same. Corporate and public leadership face the need for a quantum leap in their thinking about the structure and leadership of the organization. As times change, they now face the greatest technological upheaval and the greatest need for creative restructuring since the Industrial Revolution. Without clearly recognizing it, corporate and public leaders are challenged by external forces to build a radically new leadership culture from the ground up.

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This new culture must define a new leadership paradigm that can deal creatively with rapid change, uncertainty, global interconnectivity, de-centralization, and greater demands for ethics and meaning from both employees and customers. Therefore, this not only requires new thinking but also new metaphors, new assumptions and new values. There is no better model for such a paradigm shift than the revolution in scientific thinking that gave us quantum physics, chaos, and complexity science.

Quantum leadership is leadership informed by quantum thinking and guided by the defining principles of quantum physics. Quantum leaders think ahead by formulating many scenarios for what the future might hold, encourage questions and experiments, and thrive on uncertainty.  Quantum leaders have used the defining principles of spiritual intelligence to nurture a higher, quantum intelligence.

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The Journey towards a Quantum Organization means moving away from a Newtonian Organization paradigm towards a current model that captures both personal and professional experiences and possibilities, which are dynamic and may be changing constantly, morphing and evolving with inertia to create movement in an environment that may be chaotic. (Cycle of Balance and Flow)
“Newtonian Organizations no longer work (if they ever did) and that leaders can invigorate their businesses and institutions by incorporating the insights of quantum physics.”

The reason we want to move away from the Newtonian Organization is they embrace and require certainty and predictability. They are typically hierarchical in structure, with perceived power emanating from the top, and authority & control exercised at every level. They tend to be heavily bureaucratic and rule-bound, but most importantly they are necessarily inflexible and are managed as though the individual parts (groups/teams) organize the whole (enterprise).

Now that we understand a potential starting point for the journey towards a Quantum organization we find ourselves asking the following questions?

  • How fast or slow do we need to move?
  • Who travels with you?
  • What are the obstacles along the way?
  • Is there a wrong path?
  • How do you know when you are there?


The Quantum Organization itself relies upon the emergence of unique solutions, ideas, and insights through the self-sharing of all members aligning their individual skills sets, talents, insights, personal experiences, and individual identities with the values and goals of the enterprise. To embrace the model, it requires a sense and explanation into what the major interconnected features of the Motion of Fluidicity diagram means.

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Adhiraj Dey

Author Bio

Adhiraj Dey, Vice President – Human Resources, ITC

A professional with around 20 years of experience in motivating & handling human resources development functions encompassing like Manpower Planning, Recruitment, Performance Management, Development Programs, Performance Appraisal, Training & Development, Policies & Procedures extensive experience. 

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