Corporate lessons from Ramayana

The Ramayana is one of the greatest epics of Hindu Mythology. It is not just a story, but also an educational medium used by the ancient sages to espouse the importance of doing your dharma (duty). Lessons from Ramayana are a part of teaching leadership, management and governance at many prestigious management institutions. Here are a few lessons that we can comprehend from Ramayana and how they can be applied in the corporate world.

  • Team motivation is vital-One of the most obvious incidences, in which use management principles is very clearly visible is that of Hanuman going to Lanka. His mission was to locate Sita there and give her Lord Ram’s message. When it became clear that Sita was in Lanka, Jamvant asked Hanuman to go there. He helped him in realising his true potential and motivated him to go in the enemy’s camp.
SWOT Analysis-Once mentally prepared for the job, first thing which Hanuman did after reaching Lanka was to do a complete analysis of the situation. He did a complete study about the Lankans, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, the various threats and opportunities which he had in the enemy’s camp.Value your subordinates-In the same Ramayana, again and again Ravana has shown the signs of a bad manager, and hence led to the demise of his kingdom. From the starting itself he ignored the suggestions of his managers and got his kingdom in the state of war with Ram.
  • Value your subordinates-In the same Ramayana, again and again Ravana has shown the signs of a bad manager, and hence led to the demise of his kingdom. From the starting itself he ignored the suggestions of his managers and got his kingdom in the state of war with Ram.
  • Leaders need to create more leaders-After the discovery of Sita’s whereabouts, Hanuman, of his own volition, set aflame the city of Lanka. Hanuman’s decision of burning Lanka displeased Ram. And so after that, Hanuman stopped taking decisions. To rectify the damage done, Ram had to remove himself from the scene so that Hanuman could rediscover his decision-making abilities. During the course of the war, Mahiravan, managed to abduct both Ram and Laxman and take them to Patal lok. Only Hanuman had the intellectual and physical prowess to rescue them and eventually, Hanuman succeeded in rescuing Ram. Ram had thus created a leader.
  • Importance of communication-The cause of mortal enmity between brothers Sugriva and Bali originated in a terrible miscommunication. The turn of events helped Rama do his bit. Lesson is to be beware of miscommunication at any stage, whether in acquisition or in management of talent.
  • Succession planning-Dasaratha’s plans for installing Rama on the throne of Ayodhya do turn topsy-turvy, but the existence of a clear succession plan can never be denied. This is meant to ensure continuity in governance. It helped that besides being the eldest son, Rama was liked by all and hence chosen to lead the kingdom once his father passed away. As per Raghuvansham of Kalidasa, when the time comes to relinquish his body, Rama divides it equitably between his two sons – Lava and Kusha.

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