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Leadership Lessons From the Shastras

Leadership Lessons From the Shastras

The INDICA Course on “Leadership Lessons From the Shastras” is the third module in our multi-module “Leadership Lessons from the Scriptures” series.

It explores and discusses the concept of leadership as described within the essential scriptures of Hinduism viz, the Itihasas, the Dharma Sutras, the Niti Sastras, Kavya and Artha Sastra and traversing time and in demonstration of their universality situates the ideas in the 21st century world to enable immediate adoption and application.

We invite you to explore, embrace and implement the concepts of Classic Indic Leadership as described in these sacred scriptures.

11 Hours
Date & Time

11 January 2024 - 21 March 2024

7:00 PM-8:00 PM IST

Every Thursday


Course Fee: ₹2500
Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
One year from the end date of the course
Online through INDICA Courses Portal
Contact Details



Indic Civilisation is not only the world’s oldest continuing civilization, it is also the world’s most resilient and enduring one. The ancient Rishis, men of higher spiritual experiences and knowledge guided society through their ideas. It is the power and depth of these ideas that created leaders, founders and makers of the Indic Civilisation, generation after generation, century after century, to bestow not only incredible creativity across the diverse areas of human endeavor but also rescue the Indian Civilization in times of crisis.

What were these ideas that inspired leadership? How did these ideas inspire generations? If they have sustained the previous generations, can they inspire the current generation too in a ‘post-modernist’ world?

As India ascends to the world stage with its growing economic clout, it needs to draw and nurture leadership from its own roots, its own genius. The Indic Civilization is one of its own kind with a wide range of thinking, captured in its scripture, into drivers of successful and enduring leadership. This course explores the depth and width of Classical Indic Leadership for leaders (young and emerging as well as mature) to guide and inspire them to leave an enduring legacy as their contribution to the Indic Civilisation.

Course Objectives

  • To give a comprehensive overview of Classical Indic Leadership through principles, episodes and personalities within the essential scriptures of Hinduism viz,  the Itihasas, the Dharma Sutras,the Niti Sastras, Kavya and Artha Sastra
  • To situate the ideas of Classical Indic Leadership in the context of 21st century India and inspire and enable leaders ( young as well as mature) to apply these ideas and guide not only themselves and their families but also  their teams , their departments, their communities and their organizations, their state and their nation and  leave an indelible and enduring mark as leaders.

Course Outcomes

  • A comprehensive exposure to the leadership ideas contained in the Itihasas, the Dharma Sutras, the Niti Sastras, Kavya and Artha Sastra.
  • A clear knowledge of how to apply these ideas in the modern and current context.

Course Syllabus

  • Leadership in the Dharma Shastras (Manu, Yajnavalkya, Gautama)
  • Leadership in the Valmiki Ramayana
  • Leadership in the Mahabharata (KanakaNiti, NaradaNiti, ViduraNiti and Bhagavad Gita)
  • Leadership in the Panchatantra
  • Leadership in the works of Kalidasa
  • Leadership in the works of Kautilya

Reading List

  • The Bass Handbook of Leadership by B M Bass
  • A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism by Swami Harshananda
  • Leading Consciously by Debashish Chatterjee
  • The History of the Dharma Sastras by PV Kane
  • The Valmiki Ramayana by Gita Press
  • The Mahabharata by Gita Press
  • The Purana by Bibek & Dipavali Debroy
  • The PanchaTantra by Chandra Rajan
  • The ArthaShastra by L N Rangarajan
  • The Complete Works of Kalidasa by C R Devedhar

Course includes

  • Live sessions
  • Access to class recordings (for asynchronous participation)
  • Certificate of Completion upon successful course completion

Dr. Rajshekar Krishnan

Dr. Rajshekar Krishnan is a seasoned coach, trainer & facilitator with over 35 years of experience in training for organizational development and human performance improvement.

He is a specialist in Management & Leadership Development and Executive Assessment & Development Centres.

He has worked in the engineering, hospitality, training, consultancy, IT and ITES industry segments. Amongst the companies he has worked with are Union Carbide, NIIT, NIS Sparta, EMC, CA, IBM Right Management and Flipkart.

In his present avatar, he is an entrepreneur and founder of Wayda Consultants which offers services in the area of Leadership and Organisation Development for businesses and educational institutions.

He has been a life-long seeker of spiritual wisdom and a dedicated student of Indian Scriptures. He is an ardent devotee of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

He was awarded Ph.D. (in 2012) for his thesis on “A study of Personality traits, Spiritual Transcendence and Leadership Styles in India “by Aligarh Muslim University. He studied at Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad and was awarded B.E. (Mechanical Engineering) in 1983.