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Timeless Leadership: 18 Leadership Sutras from the Bhagavad Gita by Debashis Chatterjee

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SUTRA 7

LEADERS ARE INTEGRATORS

The Freedom of “I Am”

CONTEXT

Krishna reveals himself as the liberator whose primary work is to address human suffering. He tells Arjuna about four kinds of suffering that human beings seek freedom from. Krishna describes the role of the leader as the integrator who brings cessation of suffering by forging unity in a world of conflict. An integrated leader unites a diversity of people and processes like the thread of a necklace that holds many pearls together. He expresses himself in his full glory as the essence and the presence in every form and phenomenon. Krishna thus inspires Arjuna to rise above the three modes of Nature and to the integral knowledge of the Absolute.

ARJUNA’S JOURNEY FROM IGNORANCE TO WISDOM

Timeless leaders realize that knowledge is required to make a living while wisdom is necessary to live a fully functional and evolving life. Very often one is asked, are leaders born or made? Leaders can be made provided they are born with some inherent qualities of the head and heart such as courage, intelligence, compassion and wisdom. Wisdom is nothing but the realization of who we are and what constitutes our inherent nature.

Knowledge is what we acquire systematically in the classrooms and in our places of work. Therefore knowledge is very useful to get by in the world. But such knowledge becomes useless unless we know ourselves well enough. Take the case of Arjuna. He is a highly skilled archer. He is the stuff that heroes are made ...

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