Want to be a leader!! Behave like Lord Vishnu!
Leaders who take care of other stake holders compromising their own, are like lord Vishnu, who can establish long sustainable teams!!!
There is an uncanny resemblance between Modern Management & Indian mythology. The leader is who shows the people the vision of Promised Land and people follow his commandment, rules, dos and don’ts. The management books start with a problem statement, the vision/ mission/ objectives/ goals then tasks, standard operating procedures, guidance, auditors, external environment, internal environment and then finally come the “Promised Land” / PROFIT, if everything works out well.
In Indian mythology there are three promised lands. SWARG, VAIKUNTH and KAILASH!!! Swarg is where the King of the GODs Indra resides and rules. Vaikunth is the eternal aboard of lord Vishnu & Kailash is where lord Shiva resides.
Indra, the king of Swarga, is prosperous but Swarga is always under attack. Indra is always insecure. Indra gets insecure if a human/asura gets powerful or even a sage starts to pray Tridev (Bramha, Vishnu or Shiva). Indra tries by all means, to ensure there is no-one else more powerful/resourceful than him.
In contrast, Vaikuntha, where Vishnu prevails, is both peaceful and prosperous. It is like a playground. Vishnu engages with the other – he is participative. And we are referring to a business model, which is participative, and that creates benefits for all stakeholders. Lord Vishnu always lived reclining on a massive serpent and surrounded by affluence and abundances. Prosperity is accomplished with peace. It is a happy playground or “ranga bhumi”. Over here other people’s hunger of stake holders (share holder, customer,employees, vendors, politicians, regulators, environment, society etc) is taken care by Vishnu.
Inevitably, to most people, their own hunger comes first. But such an attitude (Like that of King of Gods “Indra”), would lead to a battleground and ultimately it may produce prosperity without peace.
The ideal model would therefore be Vaikuntha where someone else’s hunger matters first. This belief can lead to a playground as opposed to a battleground a
Lord Indra believes that his hunger matter first. Lord Vishnu believes that other people’s hunger matters first and he has to take care.
whose hunger matters first? Is it the hunger of shareholders or that of employee’s or that of a customer or that of a supplier or that of the Government or regulators or the pressure groups or our environment and its sustainability? Same can be applied in a family situation as well; whose hunger matters first? That of a father or mother or husband or wife or children or relatives or strangers?
We are living in a world at the moment; where we demonstrate “other people’s hunger matters to us, only after our hunger is satisfied”. But what is celebrated in Hindu mythology is: “THE IDEA OF SATISHFYING OTHER’S HUNGER; WHICH ALSO HELPS US TO OUTGROW OUR HUNGER!”. That is why there is no temple for Indra in Hindu religion; rather there are temples for Shiva and Vishnu. In fact; Shiva and Vishnu are considered two sides of the same coin.
The business model as per Hindu mythology is based on three “B”s (Belief, Behaviour and Business); which says as is your belief, so is your behaviour and so is your business/outcome.
- If we believe “our hunger matters first” – then we will deal with a battle-ground. There will be prosperity but there will not be any peace.
- If we believe “other people’s hunger matters first” or “our hunger is outgrown” – then we will deal with a play ground or ranga bhumi or Kailash type environment. There will be prosperity with peace indeed.
It is up to the leaders competency and belief system that leads to a team or a company being battleground or play-ground.
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