Many authors have analysed Bhagvad Gita from different perspectives. Few of them are Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Rajnish, Ravindranath Tagore, Maharshi Aravind.
Few consider Gita as religious scripture, few book on psychology, and few guide for meditation. Every one is right.
Researchers, academicians, and practitioners have accepted Gita as book on management, with special emphasis on leadership.
It is said that Gita has something for everyone.
Today, let me bring three basic lessons on leadership from Bhagvad Gita.
- Lord Krishna was a charioteer; whereas Arjuna was a warrior. So as per hierarchy Arjuna held higher position than Krishna. But, when Arjuna felt confused, he demonstrated openness to discuss his problem with lower position holder Krishna.
Leader needs to act as per the complexity of situation, and should not bring his ego to address the problem. He should neglect the shackles of hierarchy and accept the technical expertise over position.
- Krishna shared the knowledge of Gita in the middle of battlefield. The major themes were Sankhya Yoga, Karma Yoga, Gyan Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Dhyan Yoga, and Anashakti Yoga.
Leadership needs to be developed on the shop floor. One can discuss the concepts in the classroom, but it needs to be applied for practical application.
- After giving all knowledge to Arjuna, Krishna directed him to make his own choices.
Leadership should create leaders – not followers. You may prefer to guide a person once or twice, but does not expect him to come to you all the time thereafter.
Bhagvad Gita has been great source of inspiration, and has depth to help someone to live life better. Keep reading and life better life.
Dr. Shital Badshah works as Leadership Coach and Consultant. He can be reached at Shital@GrowthCatalystIndia.com or +91 94284 19021.