In the pursuit of Competitive Advantage through Leadership: Role of Human Capital


  • Adnan Bashir
  • Dr. Samra Javed


human capital; strategic Leadership; Competitive Advantage; PLS-SEM


The major objective of the study is to investigate the role of human capital and leadership in competitive advantage. The data was collected using a close ended questionnaire. We applied partial least square structural equation modeling to analyze the relationships extracted from the literature review. The results, negating the conventional wisdom, showed an insignificant impact of strategic leadership on competitive advantage. Whereas the study's findings confirmed the indirect effect of strategic leadership on competitive advantage, through human capital. These findings construe the full mediating role of human capital in the association between strategic leadership and competitive advantage. The findings imply the use of strategic leadership for human capital development to further attain competitive advantage. The use of cross-sectional data is one of the major limitations of the study.