In this ever changing world, there is one thing that has always stayed the innate human need to be led and to be led well. Stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata have been the favorite of my parents to tell whenever they wanted to teach me about virtues of life. I have come to develop a very strong belief that understanding of effective and true leadership could be learnt from the Indian epics and mythology.
On the occasion of Dipawali, I would like to refer to a few leadership abilities of Lord Rama, who apart from being an obedient son, loving husband, caring brother and a great king, was a great leader.
Each and every soldier in his army was absolutely crystal clear of and dedicated to the purpose, of defeating Ravana’s army and rescuing Sita. This highlights his ability in regards to the most critical trait of any successful leader, i.e., to be able to articulate the vision clearly and make the team relate with it.
Partnering with Sugriva instead of Bali, despite him being much lesser in terms of the military might as compared to Bali, reflects Rama’s virtue to consider Ethics and Values over capabilities. He chose the right way over the easy one.
Lord Sri Rama compensated the lack, by himself training Sugriva’s men in war skills apart from garnering help by creating alliances and strong networks to strengthen his army. Doing so he displayed how to manage the available resources effectively. Also, showed the character of a true leader. A trait that differentiates a leader from a manager – to Lead by Example.
Leadership isn’t just about directing and dictating, but working along with the team, is also an important character that makes the leader popular among his team and derive their unquestioned allegiance required for achieving the goal. Working together with not only Lakshmana and Hanuman but also with the rest of the Vanar sena & even squirrels to build the bridge to reach Lanka, Lord Rama demonstrated his willingness to be a team player and his ability to be able to connect with the last possible member of his team.
Faith and Belief of Self and team’s strength while building on the shortcomings was fairly evident from the fact that he started with inferior and less armed army but he constantly motivated them and guided them to victory. He instilled the belief in the team that every obstacle can be handled on more than one occasion.
There is so much to learn from our festivals and the stories behind them. True worship is following the footsteps towards becoming better.
May Lord Rama and Goddess Laxmi bless you with Love, Peace, Health, Wealth, Joy, Happiness and Prosperity.