Chanakya’s Leadership Principles for the 21st Century Course Description:
Across the globe, leadership is a subject of serious discussion, study, and research. Universities now have centers of leadership. Chanakya, who lived in the 4th Century BCE, was a leadership guru, whose ideas are relevant for contemporary leaders facing the challenges of the 21st Century. His book, Kautilya’s Arthashastra contains 6000 sutras or aphorisms.
How can a text written 2300 years ago be relevant today? Timeless principles require to be interpreted and re-interpreted in every age. In his works on Chanakya, Dr Radhakrishnan Pillai has skillfully interpreted the ancient wisdom of Chanakya for contemporary leaders.
This Course is divided into 3 sections: Leadership, Management and Training. It is based on models and principles as enunciated by Chanakya in Kautilya’s Arthashastra. These models and principles were used in the ancient Indian tradition to lead and manage kingdoms.
The course will help you lead business corporations, non-profit organizations or any other form of community initiatives and develop your leadership qualities. It will guide you to succeed in your endeavors by reinterpreting ancient Indian wisdom in modern day contexts.
The course covers topics based on models as explained in the Kautilya’s Arthashastra which addresses present day business and corporate issues.
- Qualities of Leader
- What the Leader must not do.
- Managing upwards
Course Learning Objectives:
In this course students will be able to Understand, learn and implement leadership principles & models as taught in Chanakya’s Kautilya Arthashastra.
There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on self-study and reflection each week. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far.
Benefits of attending this program:-
What is ideal leadership? What are the qualities of an ideal leader? How do we build those qualities?
Ranging from how to hire and recruit the right people, how to always be relevant to customers and clients, how to maintain quality standards of excellence, how to manage operations efficiently, how to groom new leaders, how to select the right advisors, how to lead in times of downturns; this course will address the challenges faced by today’s leaders in the present day VUCA world i.e., volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
This course will simply help you become a more competent and effective leader in your life.
Who should attend:-
- Business Leaders & Owners
- Top level Management (CEO, Directors, Managing directors etc)
- Mid-level management aspiring to grow.
- Non-profit leaders
- Institution builders
Purchasable Readings before the Course:
Corporate Chanakya by Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai
- Corporate Chanakya (Mandatory)
- Kautilya Arthashastra
Required / Elective: Elective
Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundation
Prerequisites: Admission into program of study.
Start Date: January 15, 2023
End Date: March 26, 2023
Day: Every Sunday (India- Monday, 7:30 a.m. IST)
Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST
Quarter Offered: Winter 2023