Story of a ‘Failed’ Leader... - A new perspective- Teaching from “Srimad Bhagavad Gita”

Leadership is a universal topic & every one of us is affected by it in one way or the other.Several research reveals that there exist a “leadership gap” in organizations, societies & countries which is one of the biggest scarcity.
Leadership theories (Better to call Western) have evolved over last 100 years. while we have a great legacy in this subject.

Personally, I'm deeply inspired by Ancient Indian Knowledge System as such and more
specifically by "Srimad Bhagavad Gita".
I'm ardent lover of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and actively following it's teachings since i was in 6th standard.From then till now i have gone through almost all the famous commentaries and books written having Srimad Bhagavad Gita as it's center point.

Since last few year (specifically since 2012) what i found Gita is having some interesting set of ideas and deep rooted knowledge about leadership.
It's quite big topic to discuss in 45 minutes so i'll focus only on certain elements (may be 4 or 5 leadership elements in detail).

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Outline/Structure of the Case Study

  1. Let's go in a flashback mode
  2. What is Leadership in today's context
  3. Story of a "Failed Leader"
  4. Leadership lessons from "Srimad Bhagavad Gita".
  5. Closing

Learning Outcome

By end of this talk participants will be able to understand the greatness and relevance of ancient Indian wisdom.

Participants will be able to have great understanding of what a timeless manual, Gita can impart about art of living in context of Leadership.

Probably, i'll be able to break some myths associated with Gita and will be able to provide some insights on ancient Indian knowledge heritage.

Target Audience


Prerequisites for Attendees

Nothing as such, having some knowledge of Sanskrit and Hindi will be an added advantage. :)

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Rahul Shah
    By Rahul Shah  ~  1 year ago
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    I like these aspects of the submission, and they should be retained:

    • Interesting topic and linking with Srimad Bhagvad Gita

    I think the submission could be improved by:

    • How it is related to Agile and Building Agile Teams
    • Would like to know content or leadership traits which will be covered
    • Atulya Krishna Mishra
      By Atulya Krishna Mishra  ~  1 year ago
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      Hello Rahul,

      Thank you for your review comment.

      Irrespective of agile or ‘Non-Agile’ I think ‘Leadership’ is universally applicable topic. Agile fraternity started talking about ‘Agile’ Leadership, Servant leadership but if we look back to our ancient treasure of knowledge we’ll found a rich legacy into this subject. IMHO, In Agile or ‘Non-Agile’, social systems, family, personal life this remains same. It’s just a matter of fact whether we are practising right leadership trait at right time or not.
      Since Leadership was one of the topics under conference track Building agile teams so I submitted my paper under that category.

      Content is very simple, and it’s ‘Shlokas” from Bhagavad Gita as this talk is purely based on teaching of  "Srimad Bhagavad Gita"  their explanation which some of us never experienced  before with bit touch of philosophy from some renowned philosophers, thinkers and teachers . smile

      Definitely I can’t cover all 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita. My focus will be to cover some attributes essentials for a successful leadership like why bidirectional fearlessness is essential for a successful leader.

      There will be some Q&A in between talk, some storytelling and some prizes for participants smile

      I hope I’m able to answer your queries please let me know about your thoughts.

      Thanks !