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

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SUTRA 10

LEADERSHIP IS AN ADVENTURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Arjuna wants to know how a leader can keep in touch with the timeless Self even as he deals with challenges that occur in specific time and space. Krishna answers that a true leader is in constant remembrance of the conscious awareness within himself in the midst of all the activities of the mind and body. Krishna embodies this conscious awareness that is the basis of the unity of life. Krishna describes himself as the innermost secret among all secrets, which is silence. He concludes his Self introduction by saying that whatever is glorious, powerful, or prosperous in this world has sprung from this conscious-Self principle.

LEADING CONSCIOUSLY

The follower asked the timeless leader, who was known to be enlightened, “What do you do all day?”

The leader responded, “I wake up, have breakfast, reach the office, do my work, come back home, take a shower, and go to sleep at night.”

The follower was surprised by what the leader had just said. He exclaimed, “That is exactly what I do every day.”

The timeless leader said, “But there is a difference. When I wake up, I really wake up. When I sleep, I sleep. When I do my work, I do only my work. When I take a shower, I just take a shower.”

“I don’t get it. What is the real difference between you and me, then?” queried the follower.

The leader replied: “The difference is that when you wake up today, you are still lost in the thoughts of yesterday; when you sleep, you are lost in your dreams. ...

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