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

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SUTRA 11

TIMELESS LEADERS HAVE INTEGRAL VISION

Arjuna wants to see the cosmic form of Krishna in one place, all at once. Krishna says it is impossible to see His cosmic form with the ordinary eyes of a mortal. Krishna therefore bestows upon Arjuna the divine vision that enables Arjuna to see the most extraordinarily horrific and terrific aspects of cosmic life. He sees, in a flash of insight encompassing the timeless, the spectacle of the death and destruction of his near-and-dear ones. Arjuna goes through a range of emotions from terror, to wonder, to gratitude. Unable to bear the intensity of this experience, Arjuna pleads with Krishna to restore to him his normal sight. Finally, Krishna reassures Arjuna that through unswerving service and devotion without attachment to the ego, the divine grace can be obtained.

INTEGRAL VISION

What would happen if the leader of an organization were given magical powers to see everything happening within his world at any point in time? Wouldn’t that be too much data for his eyes and mind to process? Yet many leaders aspire to see though the mind’s eye that which their physical eyes are unable to see. The art of seeing though the mind’s eye is often described as visionary leadership. Here is one example:

Two managers of Disneyland are walking through a Disney theme park. It was Disney’s dream to see that park built during his lifetime, yet the park was constructed after he had passed away. One of the managers said to the other, “I wish Disney ...

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