Mahabharath is filled with stories of great kings and queens known for the valor, intelligence, strategy and expansive vision. It also highlights the limitations of negative qualities possessed by certain kings and the consequences they faced as a result. In the Sabha Parva, Sage Narada visits Yudhishtira and asks him several questions about the latter’s kingdom and leadership. These questions throw light on the various aspects an administrator or leader should take care and the various qualities to possess inorder to keep his subjects happy and achieve success. We shall highlight some of these qualities in this post.
Spending Wealth on proper objects
Adhering to the Purushartas: Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha
Possessing the six qualities: cleverness of speech, readiness in providing help, intelligence in dealing with enemies, memory, familiarity with morals and politics
Understanding the strength and weakness of competitors
Paying attention to the various occupations in the organization : lower to higher
Care in maintaining confidentiality of information
Spending some quiet time at night contemplating what to do the following day
Making oneself approachable by Subordinates
Having close association with experienced teachers/ learned people who can advise on various subjects
Honesty and Integrity
Lack of Jealousy
Application of Sama, Daana, Beda and Danda principles appropriately with people at different levels of hierarchy in the organization or country. Inorder to approach a given situation or problem, there are 4 ways. Sama refers to gentle persuasion, daana refers to persuasion by giving gifts, beda refers to creating division among the groups and persuading and danda refers to punishment.
Paying attention to income and expenses everyday and making proper business decisions
Every member receives appreciation for good work appropriately