Gita Leadership Sutras Abstract


The Bhagavad-gita is the greatest philosophical classic in the Indian wisdom-tradition. Yet it is far from an abstract metaphysical treatise – it is a conversation between two leaders about choosing the right course of action and about understanding the basis for making such choices.

The Gita’s wisdom has not only guided millions in India for millennia, but has also inspired many of the world’s greatest thinkers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Albert Einstein, Herman Hesse, Aldous Huxley and Mahatma Gandhi.

Applying the Gita’s principles to the challenges that face today’s leaders, the Gita Leadership Sutras outlines ten sutras that can empower leaders to tap their inner and outer resources for all-round success.

The chapters of this book are structured to serve a dual purpose: understand preliminarily but progressively the worldview espoused by the Gita and understand thereby principles relevant for becoming better leaders.

1.
  1. Adversity is opportunity

    Looks at how the Gita both exemplifies and teaches how we can tap learning opportunities in every situation. It also explores the correlations between battlefield setting of the Gita and the battle-like situations we face in our lives.

2.
  1. Redefine success

    Helps leaders to see out of the box of stereotyped definitions of success that choke the human potential and tap the complete range of abilities at their command.

3.
  1. Be concerned, not disturbed

    Focuses on the Gita’s foundational teaching of the spiritual dimension of our personality – and also analyzes its practical relevance in stress management and its intellectual coherence in scientific research.

4.
  1. Mind the mind

    Turns the spotlight inwards to look at how our own mind, through moods and impulses, can sabotage our plans. Leaders can by developing mindfulness check the negative within while channelizing the positive.

5.
  1. Assume accountability

    Analyzes a fundamental Gita teaching, karma, and how understanding this can guide leaders towards more responsible and transformational leadership.

6.
  1. Watch your words

    Focuses on tapping the power of speech, on ensuring that our words build bridges with others, not walls between others and us.

7.
  1. Resize your problems

    Explains how leaders can by, tapping into their inner resources, choose their battles and let minor irritants pass.

8.
  1. Work as worship

    Delves into how leaders can redefine their work so that it can become an integral part of an inspiring sacred vision of life, thereby making the work socially and spiritually fulfilling.

9.
  1. Retreat within to treat without

    Explicates timeless principles and practical techniques for inner rejuvenation centered on an understanding of all the facets of our being.

10.
  1. Never lose heart

    concludes with how by becoming aware of the enduring grace of the indwelling divine, we can face obstacles and reversals with hope and strength.


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