Leadership Lessons from Chanakya

Leadership Lessons from Chanakya

In the 4th century B.C., a philosopher-statesman Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya wrote the first few ethics of administrative management. Widely regarded as India’s first economist, his management theories guided royalty from times immemorial.

Chankaya documented his life’s labor in the Arthashastra, a list of ethics that would ensure sound governance. The book is famous more for its contents on polity & economy, but also contains advice on financial administration & management . While a lot of his management ethics have been subject to wide study, his governance lessons are also more than relevant in today’s society.

The Bold Indian unfurls a bounty of Vedic wisdom from Kautilya for modern day managers and administrators.

  1. Learn from the mistakes of others. You cannot live long enough to make them all yourselves.
  2. Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
  3. A person should not be too honest. Straight trees are cut first & honest people are screwed first.
  4. As soon as the fear approaches near, attack & destroy it.
  5. Even from poison extract nectar, wash and take back gold if it has fallen in filth, obtain highest knowledge from a low born person.
  6. Conciliate a covetous man by means of a gift, an obstinate guy with folded hands in salutation, a fool by humoring him & a learned man by truthful words.
  7. Before you start some work, always ask yourself 3 questions – why I am doing this, what the result might be & will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find suitable answers to these questions, go ahead.
  8. The world’s biggest power is youth and the beauty of a women.
  9. People who work sincerely are the happiest.
  10. A man is born and dies alone. He experiences the good and bad consequences of hisKARMA

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