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10 Powerful Leadership Lessons from Diwali, The Festival of Lights

Let this Diwali burn all your bad times and enter you in good times.

Source | Ravi Shankar Rajan | https://medium.com

So, we are again in the festive month in the Indian subcontinent with Diwali been celebrated in grandiose style across the length and breadth of India.

This is a festival of triumph of good over evil and of Rama the great king conquering the forces of Ravana the demon king. The name ‘Diwali’ literally means an ‘array of lights’; the festival marks the triumph of good over evil.

It is all about overcoming the darkness of ignorance and propagating the light of knowledge.

When the diyas (mud lamps) are alighted, their glow illuminates even the darkest of nights which signifies the enlightenment of soul and the triumph of good over evil.

The story of the Ramayana is again and again been retold and imbibed into countless generations and generations from time immemorial.

So can we learn any leadership lessons from the key events in Diwali?

Let us see.

Lord Rama breaking the Sacrificial bow to win Sita’s Hand

Lord Rama breaking the Sacrificial bow to win Sita’s Hand

Differentiation of products, services and talent capabilities is very important to rise above the competitors. Lord Rama used his unique talents and skills effectively to win over Sita.

Dasaratha’s queen Kaikeyi asks for two promises from Dasaratha

Dasaratha’s queen Kaikeyi asks for two promises from Dasaratha

A business and leader’s reputation is built on the commitments honored or reneged by them. So any leader should only commit to employees and customers based on the impact of the same in the long term and not short term gains. In this case Dasratha gave two promises to Kaikeyi which was used against him later.

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Ramesh Ranjan

A Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Visiting Professor, Content Manager & Editor. Ex IIM NASSCOM LRC, ex VP NHRD Bangalore Chapter, ex VP-HR@Schneider Electric, Head HR@ APC, Caltex,Co Systems, Natural Remedies. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rameshranjan/

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