IJSPL is a double-blind peer reviewed online journal published by the Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University.
IJSPL is a double-blind peer reviewed online journal published by the Rashtram School of Public Leadership, Rishihood University.

The Dharma of Leadership Exemplified by Hanuman

Authored by Arun Subramanian and Manogna Sastry

Volume 1, Issue 1 | November 29, 2020

Abstract

Bhārata, has been blessed with several historical leaders, whose lives and personalities have been sources of tremendous and timeless, deep learning. Their exploits and victories have been references and stories of motivation for generations across millennia. These leaders have demonstrated a set of similar traits, along with those unique to the individual. While they have embodied superb leadership, a sine qua non is the four dharma-s that we have defined in this paper, in addition to valour, strength and fearlessness.

This paper attempts to consider important fundamentals of consummate leadership and delves into the dharma-s of diplomacy, trust, judgement and jurisdiction as part of the analysis. Hanumān, a central character of Rāmāyaṇa, embodies these dharma-s. The events of Rāmāyaṇa that tested leaders and leadership by fire, sufficiently validate the characteristics and the dharma-s of leadership.

Keywords: Hanumān, Leadership, Diplomacy, Trust, Judgement, Jurisdiction

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