Shakti and Durga, Currencies of Emotional Power
We as individuals seek both i.e. the internal power called Shakti and the external power called Durga. Shakti is our inner strength. Durga is the strength that we get from outside. Praise, for example, empowers us because we get Durga from outside. Insults disempowers us, we feel stripped of Durga by our critics. Thus Durga is a currency of exchange, just like wealth or Lakshmi. In all human interactions, there is exchange of Durga. We have a vast supply of Durga to give, but we rarely take advantage of it. Instead we are too busy taking power.
While striving towards the goal, majority of manager’s get so focused on their own goal that they fail to realize that it is not the goal of those around them, the employees. They are not even aware of the goal that employee is chasing, whether it aligns to what manager want or not. Employees are seen as ‘resources’ – domesticated animals who have to do as been instructed. A disempowered team is unable to reach its goal. No one wins.
A motivational talk grants power to people, makes them feel they can do it. Not everyone has Shakti, most rely on Durga from external sources. External sources are never as good as an inner source but that is okay. As a leader, you have to acknowledge their needs, provide for them, so that they will give you what you want.
Anger is a sign of helplessness. And you are
helpless because you are unable to see this invisible transaction in your space. You want them to deliver (give you Lakshmi) but your shouting and screaming and insults is creating an ecosystem where nothing thrives. Fear works only until people have another option. Then, they quit.
Consciously work towards enhancing your inner Shakti while making liberal use of Durga.