Rama as A Leader

We have read Ramayana as a religious epic. Its characters inspire us even after ages. We know how Rama, its hero defeated demon king Ravana. His  human pqualities like compassion, commitment, patience, ethics, wisdom, humility, righteousness, sagacity etc are reflected in his acts throughout his life that made Rama Maryada Purushottam (Perfect Man), a guiding God.

But here, I’m going to talk of Rama as a leader. His qualities have a vast potential to change our every-day human life, even in the management. What set him apart were his leadership qualities, some of which are enumerated hereunder:

1. Commitment
He fulfilled his commitment to spend 14 years in exile in woods due to his father’s vows. He didn’t take help from any neighbouring kingdom, though he could have easily approached them.

2. Patience and Humility
Rama didn’t get provoked when he was deprived of coronation and sent to exile or when his wife Sita was abducted by Ravana. He maintained his cool and decided for further course of action. He befriended Kevat and Shabari from the suppressed communities on his way to woods.

3. Vision and Planning
He had a clear vision what he had to do for bringing Sita back, and also for duties as an obedient son, a caring brother, a faithful husband and a virtuous king for his empire. He laid out his plans accordingly and slowly worked towards executing them.

4. Righteousness
Hanuman himself could have brought Sita, but means were more important for Rama than the outcome. He didn’t use unscrupulous ways to achieve his goals. He lived his whole life by the rules of dharma.

5. Team building
He made his allies on ethical grounds. Though Bali had already defeated Ravana, he chose his younger brother Sugriv as his one of allies, as Bali was not on righteous path and had deprived Sugriv of his kingdom.

6. Adaptability
Rama knew and ensured optimal utilisation of available resources. For building a bridge over sea to reach Lanka, he imposed faith in his two expert armymen, Nala and Nila, gathered local tribals and Vanars (apemen) and trained them for the job. The bridge was completed within a few days as he picked right people for the right job.

7. Leading from the front
He didn’t hesitate to take on the opposition in war, as he was at the head of the army inspiring his soldiers to put the enemy to flight.

8. Delegation
Rama had sent Hanuman to Lanka with a small hint, just to see how and where Sita was and to assure her that Rama would come to liberate her. But what Hanuman did in Lanka including destruction of gardens and putting Lanka on fire was a different story altogether. He inspired people and gave full freedom to them to act. Rama believed in creating leaders, whether it was Hanuman, Sugriv or Vibhishan.

9. Participative Style
He didn’t impose his decisions and always involved his siblings, and lieutenants in all his decision making process. In this way he sought their commitment too for a particular task. He treated everybody as equal and with respect.

The story of Rama as a visionary leader goes to prove that education is not that important for leadership that actually comes through the purity of soul. Ramayana may, therefore, be considered as a social book that gives the threads of all the aspects of human life.


–Kaushal Kishore

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21 Comments

  1. Lord Rama is indeed an embodiment of satisfaction and determination. I love how He kept his cool in the toughest of situations and even tried to pacify Lakshmana when the latter got agitated. I still cannot measure his wit and it seemed as if he had a solution to every problem in his mind.
    May He bless us all. 🙏🏻

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    1. You’re so right, Aahna, Lord Rama was embodiment of virtues. We need Rama’s in our life as also within us. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your deep reflections 🙏💐

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  2. This excellent post, Kaushal, is the template for anyone thinking of going into politics but should be read and re-read by all politicians to remind them of what they must aspire to.
    I would suggest that all schools should introduce these principles in their classes so the children when they grow up will know what to look for in the candidates they are going to vote for.

    Joanna

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    1. Not only in politics, Joanna, in every sphere of life, including corporate offices, Rama’s leadership qualities are needed to be imbibed and inculcated. Business offices and companies also lack good leaders (CEOs). Your suggestion to include these aspects in school curriculum is brilliant and I hope that the authorities at the helm may consider positively. Thank you so much.

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  3. हरि अनंत हरि कथा अनंता———-

    एक नाम जिसमें सम्पूर्ण भारत की आध्यात्मिक, धार्मिक, वैचारिक, सामाजिक ऊर्जा सम्मिलित है।
    जिसमें विजय है त्याग है बलिदान है प्रभु श्रीराम को कोटि-कोटि प्रणाम ।

    जन जन के राम । 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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    1. बहुत ही सुंदर बात आपने कही। चित्त प्रसन्न हो गया नितिन जी। जन जन के राम! जय श्रीराम !!🙏🙏🙏

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  4. Great post!
    We all know about Lord Ram, and why he is called “Maryada Purushottam.”
    So thoughtful of you, to highlight his characteristics as a ‘leader.’ These are some of the most important qualities, which a leader should have.
    Well thought of, and well written.
    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Your thoughtful comment is a bliss for me. Lord Rama had so many qualities, a treasure of virtues. Stories from Ramayana and Mahabharata have now been made parts of management lessons. Unfortunately, our children are not being imparted such lessons right from the very beginning. Thank you for reading and sharing your beautiful reflections!

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    1. It’s my pleasure to share what I know. His leadership qualities are now discussed in management classes. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 😊💖

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