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Ruminations on leadership …


Whether it is the family, a team or a business, it is governed by mutual trust.  In family trust is bonded with love, but must be managed by rules; and so is business.  One can apply such a principal for running teams.  The prime most important ingredient is “trust” and “rules”.

Following few analogies from great epics like Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagvata; one must understand that they must be a bit of Rama and a bit of Krishna in order to bring balance for running the unit.  This is essential because, Rama is a true follower of rules while Krishna breaks them depending on what time he is managing it.  However, both uphold dharma (righteous duties) from a fundamental view point.

In the modern world, we’re torn between the different avatars of our lives avatars such as, personal, professional, friends, networks, and so on.  Each avatar must function as required in its form yet strike balance in the entirety.  One cannot be compromised for the sake of the other.

Here are few thoughts on leadership in a dharmic sense.

Loyalty: In my perspective, being loyal to ones duties is really being a loyalist.  The kind of values you really want to uphold in any circumstances for the benefit of the whole is the key.  For example: Consider a fictional story: A king is a very religious person and is a vegetarian, however during British rule, his kingdom is plagued.  He asks a favor from the British General, however the general humiliates the king and asks him to eat meat to get the favor possible.  The king politely disagrees and firmly states that he cannot give up his values for his duties.

Responsibilities: One must know their duties and responsibilities, forgetting that is the beginning of a domino effects.  Knowing ones duties and taking responsibility is fundamental to being dharmic.

Leadership: Being leader is not in the sense of being dominant or being at top of the peck order.  It is not the sense that one demands order and obedience in everyday lives.  It is much beyond these rules.

  • A leader empowers people to be independent.
  • A leader increases sensitivity of team members to take responsibilities.
  • A leader brings unity and builds trust among members, and creates situations to demonstrate loyalty.
  • A leader builds integrity in the team during crisis.
  • A leaders invests time in next generation and nurtures them for the future.

Leadership is driven by principals of dharma, and not from emotions. He has learned that opportunistic individuals cannot be leaders.  Leaders understand that their journey is long and can have difficulties.  No matter what situation he is in, he uploads the dharma and performs his duties, at the same time he devotes time and energy to nurture the new generations for taking up responsibilities.

One can apply these principals in everyday lives when dealing with family, business, or other team plays to make a difference.


2 thoughts on “Ruminations on leadership …

  1. Hi Udi,
    One of the best articles i have ever read about the leadership topic. You have articulated it very well. Looking forward to read more informative contemplations.

    Enjoy madi…

    Sridhar D

  2. Nice thoughts Uday 🙂

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