Leadership Traits Based on Ancient Indian Texts: Finding the Universal Fit By DARMASHAKTHINI ARUJUNAN

Internship title: Leadership Traits Based on Ancient Indian Texts: Finding the Universal Fit


Parent Institution: Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University

Designation: Research Intern

Internship Duration: 1 June 2022- 31 August 2022

Director, Centre for Human Sciences, Rishihood University, Sonipat


Many leadership attributes and models are consistent with the Western paradigm, grounded in Western thought processes. Current points of view show there is a need for other non-western centric leadership traits to be introduced for global growth and development. In particular, leadership traits in ancient Indian texts provide the contextual background for the description of these styles of leadership. The ancient models serve to address the gaps found in modern leadership models and its corresponding criteria. Findings gleaned from the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Ramayana, Thirukurral, the Sastras, ancient fables and notable scholars highlight the Indic value system and its attributes relating to the three Gunas. These are Tamas, Rajas and Sattva. These fluid attributes capture many styles of leadership displayed by characters and expounded by ancient scholars. These findings reflect the importance of ethical boundaries and higher ideals embedded in ancient leadership models. These traits would improve the education curriculum designed to create future leaders and inculcate holistic participation among leaders in high-level leadership position.

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