There is wide range of books and articles which refers ‘Management’ as a science or art of modern days. These books and other materials are developed in recent days whereas we must know that our mythological stories have taught us the important rules of the Management before all these journals and book. There many relevant things which can be learnt from these stories. And so does the Epic saga ‘Ramayana’ also has much to offer us.
‘Ramayana’ is the story describing how Lord Ram, Devi Sita, and Lord Laxman were ostracized from the kingdom. Three of them then started to live in the forest, leading a simple life. Devi Sita gets kidnapped by powerful and almighty Ravana. To get Devi Sita back, how Lord Ram and Laxam manage to build an army and fight a battle with the Ravana is the plot of the story.
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This mythological saga has enough to teach us in terms of Management so let’s unleash all the secret rule of Management from the story.
- Ability to manage change
In the beginning of the story, Lord Ram just to protect the words given by his father king Dasharath to step mother Kaikai, accepts to go to forest for 14years. This quality displays his ability to manage sudden change. Lord Rama was a prince and he could deny the order but he did no chose to do so.
- Clear vision
Lord Rama led an army with the objective to defeat the power army of Ravana and get Devi Sita back from him.
- Recognize your abilities and believe in them
Lord Rama presented an army of monkeys that is ‘Vanar Sena’, a not experienced and fledging army in front of powerful and well-equipped army of Ravana. This act of Lord Rama displayed trust and believe in their abilities. He recognized his abilities and strengthened it for his objective of rescuing Devi Sita.
Lord Ram was a royal person and he managed to help everyone regardless of their social status. He talked and interacted with everyone and built strong relations. This in return helped him in making his army for the battle against Ravana.
- Resolving resentments
When Vibhishan, brother of Ravana, came to Lord Ram asking for help to protect him Lord Ram gave him shelter and assured him to protect. His many sub-ordinates and colleagues were against his decision but instead of getting angry and punishing them for this act he cleared their doubts and handled it with calm and patience.
- Maintain code of conduct and ethics
When Ravana was left weaponless by Lord Ram on the very first day, Lord Ram allowed Ravana to revert to his castle. This is because, Lord Rama was aware of the fact and rule that an Enemy without weapons should not be attacked.
To rescue Devi Sita, many tasks were undertaken such as building an army, creating a bridge to cross the sea, sending message to Ravana with the help of Hanuman etc. So to plan before actually executing a job is utmost necessary for a successful outcome.
- Educate and train your Human resources
Before the battle, Lord Rama took Sugriv’s Vanar Sena and taught them the skills and techniques that will be useful in the battle. Always educate and prepare your work force with new techniques to make them skilled.
- Analyze individual abilities
Lord Rama recognized abilities of each and every individual and assigned them work according to their strengths. For example, Hanuman, he gave Hanuman the responsibility of crossing the huge sea and sending message to Ravana.
- Motivation and Inspiration
Lord Rama inspired Vanar Sena to build an oversea bridge which helped them to cross the river.
- Team work
The task of building the Ram Setu was accomplished only because Vanar Sena, Hanuman, Lord Ram himself, Lord Laxman and even a small squirrel extended their helping hands in building the bridge.
- No work is small or big.
We remember the squirrel from the story that lifts small stones and pebbles in her mouth and drop them on the boundaries of the bridge. Monkeys even mocked her for doing this act and warned her that she may get hurt. But she continued to do her bit and helped to build the bridge.
- Ideal qualities of a leader
Lord Rama was an ideal leader, he was ambitious and confident of the thought to defeat Ravana and rescue Devi Sita. He dealt with patience in terms of forming an army. He was having a clear vision of his objective and he proved himself a good organizer. And most importantly he strived with positive view till the end.