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Sat 17 Dec 2022

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (UTC+5.5)

INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP: Lessons From the Bhagavad Gita

Despite considerable attention, new research and insights, Leadership is an area of great concern for both business organisations, and public institutions. This is evident from the leadership crises situations emanating from time to time. Leadership crises throw two generic challenges to an organisation. At the institutional level, it threatens to tear the moral fabric of the organisation and bring down the morale of the employees. At an individual level it introduces enormous stress, burnout and deprived meaning at the workplace. The search for the right framework for leadership continues. This talk addresses this issue by taking fresh perspectives from Bhagavad Gita.

Using the ideas from Bhagavad Gita, this talk will introduce the notion of “Inspirational Leadership”. The talk will begin by enumerating some of the recent approaches to Leadership and create an opportunity to explore new areas in Leadership. With the ideas from Gita, the talk will focus on the traits of an inspirational leader. An inspirational Leader will be able to see himself/herself much beyond the pushes and pulls of day to day and reporting period tensions and challenges and anchor deeply in “one-self”. This will enable the person to handle life situation originating in both the professional and personal dimensions and focus on leading the team with clarity.


Dr B Mahadevan

Professor of Operation Management, IIM Bangalore

B. Mahadevan is a Professor of Operations Management at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, where he has been teaching since 1992. He was the founding Vice Chancellor of Chinmaya Vishwa Vidyapeeth, a University for Sanskrit and Indic Knowledge. He was also the Dean (Administration) of IIMB and a member of the Governing Board of IIMB for four years. Professor Mahadevan is also on the Board of IIM, Kashipur, IIT Madras, and Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan. He is also on the International Advisory Board of California Management Review. Earlier he was on the Board of the Indian Oil Corporation, Professor Mahadevan received his M.Tech. & Ph.D. from the Industrial Engineering and Management Division of IIT Madras. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering (production engineering) from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Madras. Professor Mahadevan has more than 30 years of wide-ranging experience in teaching, research, consulting, and academic administration at IIM Bangalore and other reputed institutions such as IIT Delhi and XLRI, Jamshedpur. He was a visiting scholar at the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, in 1999–2000. Professor Mahadevan is on the board of trustees of some NGOs providing valuable community and social service. He is on the International Advisory Board of California Management Review. Besides being on the advisory boards of several business schools and management journals in India, Professor Mahadevan has published several of his research findings in leading international journals such as California Management Review, European Journal of Operational Research, Interfaces, Production and Operations Management Journal, International Journal of Production Research, International Journal of Technology Management, Asian Journal of Operations Management, International Journal of Yoga, Vikalpa, South Asian Journal of Management and IIMB Management Review. His research interests include supply chain management issues in e-markets and e-auction and Design of Services with customer co-creation of value, Management Paradigms from Bhagavad Gita and other ancient Indian wisdom. Professor Mahadevan has been recognized for his excellence in teaching both at IIM Bangalore and outside. He was also conferred the ICFAI Best Teacher Award by the Association of Indian Management Schools in 2005. Prof. Mahadevan was one among the 40 nominated globally for the Economic Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Business Professor of the Year Award, 2012. Apart from his bestselling book Operations Management: Theory and Practice, Professor Mahadevan is also the author of The New Manufacturing Architecture. His latest book, Introduction to Indian Knowledge System: Concepts and Applications, published by PHI Learning, is the first of its kind in the country. Professor Mahadevan has been playing a very significant role in the field of Sanskrit and Samskriti for the past 20 years.


Sai Sambat

Host, Co-Founder of Center for Consciousness Studies and Inner Transformation (CCSIT)

Sai Sambat is a spiritual practitioner who has been focusing on psychospiritual evolution of self and others over three decades. An intense identity process-work in early 90's and immersive apprenticeship with a realized Spiritual Master have gifted him with nonevaluative awareness and evolved levels of psycho-spiritual, socio-cultural and ecological coherence. He has been a monastic member of Sree Ramadasa Ashram, Thiruvananthapuram since 1997. As a Leadership Development Consultant and Coach, Sai enables managers and leaders to discover innate potential and leverage it towards greater efficacy, excellence and results. He is a graduate in Production Engineering from NIT, Tiruchirapalli and has a Masters in HRM&OD from XLRI, Jamshedpur. At present he serves as a Director of Center for Consciousness Studies and Inner Transformation (CCSIT) at the Indic Academy.