Leadership Learnings for Adults
life management lessons on Dushera from Ravan.
October 25, 2020
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Indians celebrate Dussehra with great enthusiasm. People are excited to watch the burning effigies of Ravana. Dussehra, also known as Vijayadashami in some parts of India marks the end of a nine-day long festival of Navratri. It was on the day of Dussehra when Lord Rama killed Ravana for abducting his wife, Devi Sita. People also celebrate Dussehra by performing Ramleela, a play based on the story of Ramayan. It is a festival that depicts the victory of good over evil.

Remembering Ravana on this Dussehra
Ravana, the king of Lanka (Lankapati), was a highly educated person. He was the son of Vishwashrava (a Brahmin of Lord Brahma’s descendants) and Kaikesi (a demon). Ravana was also known as Brahmarakshas (half Brahmin and half-demon). Lord Rama was impressed with Ravana’s knowledge and wisdom. Hence he asked Lakshman to learn wisdom from the dying Ravana. He was a great King, politician, musician, and warrior. Ravana was a master of Vedas and Shastras. He was also an expert in Astrology and Ayurveda. Ravana had all the qualities of being great, but his ego and pride destroyed him.

This Dussehra learn lessons from the life of Ravana
Ravana had many divine qualities hence he was loved by many. Even today there are some places in India where people worship Ravana on the occasion of Dussehra. Here are some lessons to learn from the life of the King of Lanka.

Give importance to Education
Education is necessary for the progress of society. Lankapati was a very knowledgeable person. He was well versed in all the Vedas and Shastras. Therefore take a pledge on this Dussehra to spread education.

Develop Leadership qualities
Lankapati took away the kingdom of Lanka from his brother Kubera. But Lanka became wealthy and prosperous under his rule. He was a great King and the people of Lanka loved him. Lanka, also known as the Kingdom of Gold because every house had Gold under Ravana’s rule. He was a great politician and ruler. Therefore it is a lesson for everyone that a person with leadership qualities can reach great heights. Even Lord Rama sent Lakshman to learn politics from the dying Ravana.

Love your family
Although Lankapati was wrong in abducting Sita, it was for the love of his sister. Lakshman cut Surpanakha’s nose and insulted her. Hence Ravan abducted Sita to take revenge on Rama. No one can justify abduction because it is a crime. But on Dussehra, learn a good quality of loving your family unconditionally.

Do your duty sincerely
Ravana was sincere towards his duty or karma. He, being a Brahman performs yajna for the Rama’s bridge to Lanka because there was no Brahman nearby. He also blessed Lord Rama in his battle against him. Therefore this Dussehra, remember to do your work sincerely without any corruption. Always be loyal to your job.

Dedicate yourself to your goal
Ravana was a great devotee of Lord Shiva. He performed repentance for many years to please Shiva. He also sacrificed his head to show his devotion to Lord Shiva, but Shiva gave his head back every time. Therefore, Dussehra learns this lesson from Ravana and dedicate yourself to your goal because perseverance and hard work always pay.

Beware of Ego-It kills
The reason for Ravana’s downfall was his Ego and arrogance. He became proud of his achievements and thought of himself as invincible. His ego made him abduct Sita for revenge, and finally, Lord Rama kills Ravana. Therefore this Dussehra, kill your ego to live a happy and fulfilling life. Be a humble human being and keep learning from the mistakes of life

Let me explain about Dushera also. It is not the only a FESTIVAL of the celebration of victory but training us on the following issues.

Dussehra is a Hindu festival that is celebrated all over India. Dussehra celebrates the Hindu god Rama’s victory over the demon king Ravana and the triumph of good over evil. The name signifies ‘Dus’ in Hindi means ten and ‘hara’ means remove i.e removal of ten heads of Ravana. This could be interpreted as the removal often negative aspects of a person’s character. We draw inferences from such mythical stories to apply in our daily life. The following are the 10 negative aspects that should be removed to be a better leader in this corporate world.

Distraction:
A leader who gets easily distracted achieves nothing. A leader needs focus and he doesn’t stop until the goal is achieved.

Arrogance:
Every single living being possesses its importance in its own way and there is a huge difference between Self Confidence and Self Importance. A good leader earns respect by actions and not by arrogance.

Selfishness:
A good leader knows how to share and collaborate to find mutually beneficial opportunities.

Shyness:
A leader is never shy to share his thoughts, ask for his needs and demand his rights

Ego:
A leader should never take things too personally and take actions driven by his ego.

Jealousy:
A leader knows how to receive what he deserves and feels happy for those who receive more.

Messiness:
A good leader always keeps it clean be it in mind or the workplace.

Laziness:
A good leader knows that laziness is infectious. There is no room to stay lazy or procrastinating things when working with such leaders.

Pessimism:
One of the most important qualities of a leader is to stay optimistic even during the darkest times. Pessimism helps none.

Cynicism:
Trusting people while deliberating is essential to the success of the team and that of the organization. A good leader never gives into cynicism

About author

Dr Shailesh Thaker

Dr. Shailesh Thaker is a world-renowned management thinker and trainer on organizational behavior and development. He is the CLO of Knowledge Plus Inc., a highly reputed training firm based in Ahmedabad, India, helping organizations to achieve international benchmarks in management practices.

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