While learning business management lessons and also simultaneously trying to understand ancient scriptures, Vedas and the Bhagwad Gita, I came to an interesting conclusion that Krishna was the best mentor, coach and guru. Today, many corporate employees, often, don’t find a good mentor or coach, who can help them in resolving conflicts, which affect their motivational level, thereby limiting them in realising their true potential.
That’s why, we find that stress levels and resultant health ailments are high in the corporate and business fields. While many corporations and business units have several welfare measures to take care of their employees’ health, true success in these endeavours will be achieved only through self-management; by resolving intraconflicts, conflicts within.
Inner battle or upheavals within should be addressed, rather than treating ible symptoms like mood swings and emotional outbursts. This is where mentoring and coaching can play a vital role.
We need more mentors and coaches of the stature of Krishna, who like a sarathi, charioteer, act as catalysts and facilitators in helping people discover themselves.
It’s about changing the mindset and putting in place the right thought process. Your mind is your best friend and your worst enemy, too. Resolving deep-rooted fears, dismantling belief systems, which are not conducive for evolving, and helping you take control of yourself are some of the ways through which the best mentor can help you.
What did Krishna do on the battlefield at Kurukshetra? He ‘showed the mirror’ to Arjuna who was, despite being the best warrior, saddled with internal conflicts that were preventing him from taking action and delivering. There is a commonality between Arjuna’s dilemma and psychological/emotional phenomenon we see in people around us.
The Gita is a good self-management book. Its principles are universally applicable. There are several similarities between the teachings of the Gita and modern management concepts, namely, personal effectiveness, leadership styles, anger management, conflict resolution and emotional intelligence. Most management concepts are replicas of the principles of the Gita.
Let’s pick up one of the many concepts of business management to draw parallels between the Gita and emotional intelligence. It is proven, and research says that it’s not Intelligence Quotient, IQ, but Emotional Intelligence, EI, that supplements you to emerge as a great leader and also takes you far in organisational hierarchy and in life.There are different EI models. Daniel Goleman’s model talks about five components of Emotional Intelligence (EI). But all models agree on understanding one’s own emotions and regulating them.
(To be continued)
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