Leadership Lesson Through Bhagavad Gita
Once Arjuna asked Krishna: ‘Why Karna is known to be more liberal than me?’
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Krishna to answer the question showed Arjuna a mountain of gold and asked him to give it to people in a single day.
Following the instructions, Arjuna went to the mountain and broke the mountain rock by rock to give to the people. He failed; It took him several days to complete it.
Now, same task was allocated to Karna. On the other hand, Karna gave all the people the required tools to break the mountain. He asked people to break the mountain and take whatever they wish. Everyone gathered and hit the mountain. They took away what they want and in few hours the entire mountain is vanished.
Post this Krishna explains Arjuna, ‘You want everything to be done by you. That is why it took you several days. You determined how much to be given. You didn’t use teamwork and required tools to break the mountain. Wanted credit for what you are doing.
But Karna’s aim was only to break the mountain in a day and distribute it to the people without thinking about the credit. He used teamwork, required tools and never claimed the credit of giving it from his hands.
Inference: Leaders never claim the team’s credit, they stand in the front at the time of disaster, use right team member at the right place, use right tools and bring the team together to complete a huge task in short time.
# The Immature thinks that knowledge and action are different but the wise knows that they both are same.