Leadership qualities to learn from Lord Krishna

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Lord Krishna is a hero, philosopher, leader, friend, teacher all in one. In Hindu mythology, Sri Krishna is considered the “greatest crisis manager”.

Today, the world requires leaders who are influenced by the greatest crisis manager, Lord Krishna. We see in this article the incidents that display the fine leadership qualities that can be learned from Lord Krishna.

Top ten leadership qualities that can be learned from Lord Krishna-

  1. Flexibility in willingness to adapt in varied situations: There was a situation in Mahabharata when Lord Krishna ran away from the battlefield.

The question arises, why did he do so? It was a clear strategy from Krishna. He wanted to avoid the destruction, the loss of people’s lives, wealth & the economy that arises as a consequence of the war. 

Shri Krishna shifted his capital from Mathura to Dwarka, to avoid the war with Jarasandh. These incidents showcase the power of flexibility, to adapt in a different situation that arises.  

What the leaders can learn from this is to nurture the quality of flexibility, willingness to change, and adapt.

  • A friendly demeanor: A leader is expected to be more of a friend to his team than a mentor. 

Lord Krishna had always been shown as a playful child and teenager who is readily available whenever his followers need him. The manner in which he treats his friends like Arjuna and Sudama multiplies his allure as a great problem solver.

Any leader is expected to be readily available for his team to clear their minds in times of dilemma.

  • Accessibility: An extension of the previous point, Lord Krishna has been shown to be always accessible as a leader. Whether it is Arjuna or Duryodhana, there is no hesitation in seeking his help. 

Genuine leaders are unconditionally accessible to their team members. In case of a challenge popping up, anyone can reach out to them and seek guidance.

  • Righteousness: This points out the importance of always standing by what is right, no matter it is a convenient option or not. The values inherent in a corporate policy, the vision for the company, the mission of the organization – constitute the ‘Dharma’ of all leaders, CEOs, and managers.

When Draupadi gets disrobed in King Dhritarashtra’s court, he manages to protect her honor. When war becomes inevitable, he sides with the Pandavas. Irrespective of it is convenient for Lord Krishna or not, he invariably sides with those who follow the path of righteousness.

  • Having a vision and a strategy to manifest it: With an unfavorable ratio of 7 to 11, the battle was decisively won by the Pandavas by the strategic vision possessed by Lord Krishna. 

A leader is expected to have a vision for his company and for his team and have a flexible strategy for anything that poses a threat in the way.

  • Leveraging the intuitive sense: Once the war gets over and all his sons have got killed, Dhritarashtra attempts to kill Bhima by crushing him in a close embrace. Krishna is able to read his mind and thereby saving Bhīma’s life. 

Today, leaders are expected to guide themselves through the information dump available there through their intuitive sense of what is important to them. Balanced decision-making requires strategic use of information and intuitive sense.

  • Sharing of knowledge: The whole of Mahabharata consists of Lord Krishna sharing knowledge with everyone who is in need of it. 

Leaders are always expected to dispense knowledge to all those who are in need. A team always progresses once it learns to use the knowledge attained judiciously and resourcefully.

  • Motivational skills: In the story of Mahabharata, at the Battlefield of Kurukshetra, Arjuna lost his motivation to fight over moral confusion & was paralyzed to inaction. Shri Krishna motivated him to act, made him understand the goal behind. Just like that, a leader is expected to clear all webs of confusion in their team member’s minds and motivate their team to lead without the fear of results.
  • Having clear goals: Lord Krishna always had crystal clear goals, for example, welfare for good, destroying evil, etc. That is why he was always focused on achieving them. There should be desire to set goals and work hard towards achieving them to be successful.

Similarly, leaders should have clear goals for their ventures and their team, which is a prerequisite to having a foolproof strategy to achieve the same.

  1. Many layers in one: Krishna does not hesitate to reveal himself in his entirety in the midst of the battlefield. Arjuna is petrified to see the ‘Vishwa Roopa’ of someone he considers to be a close friend.

Leaders also wear several masks. They could be polite and gentle. They could be loving and compassionate. They display various masks according to the situation’s demand.

The layered personality always makes a team be in awe of their leader and aspired to be like him and develop their personality in their own way.

Unlike a leader like Lord Rama who led his followers from the front, Lord Krishna led his followers from behind, gradually leading and advising them on their troubles.

Today, the younger generation wants leaders like Krishna. Rather than being told to do their job step by step, they wanted to be guided by their leader’s knowledge to leverage their own skill independently. 

All leaders can take a lesson from Lord Krishna to be the guiding light to your skilled team and reach the heights they deserve to reach.

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