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The Auroveda course in Integral Leadership is a novel and breakthrough attempt at synthesizing contemporary global leadership thinking and the wisdom-traditions of Vedanta and Yoga. While most prevalent corporate models of leadership try to work on behavioural and personality changes, the Vedantic-Yogic model works directly on the very roots of behavior and personality: the consciousness itself.

Real and effective leadership is not a matter of learning techniques and mental formula, or changing behaviors, to suit a professional need; real leadership is a direct function of what you are and what you possess — within and beyond yourself. In other words, leadership is a function of your whole consciousness and not merely of your personality.

This is the premise on which this course is based. The course is not academic but exploratory and experiential, and the stress is on practicing. If what is learnt cannot be lived or practiced, then the learning is of no real worth. The course, therefore, is quite intensive and demands keen interest and sustained involvement of the student in the subject matter.

RATIONALE
Across the world, we have experienced and exhausted the intellect and technology driven consumerist civilization and have brought ourselves to the edge of either a very deep-seated change of values and consciousness or inevitable disintegration. Everything that is happening around us, globally, in finance, businesses or politics, in education or the media, or in the environment, are indications of this one fact: either we change our collective way of being or life as we know it, perishes.

The root of the twenty-first century human crisis is human consciousness: we have built up a vastly impressive and powerful technological civilization but have lost touch with the spirit, with the inner life that nurtures and sustains all that we are and do externally. And if there is a way out, it is to return to the spiritual, and restore the spirit to life. Humans across cultures and societies must reconnect with the spiritual source of life, must return to a simpler, saner and more compassionate way of living and working.

MODULE 1: LEADERSHIP IN THE INDIAN WORLDVIEW

Work is not just a means to earning a livelihood or proving one’s worth but is the very expression and manifestation of one’s inmost nature, swabhava, and one’s highest law of being, swadharma. Through one’s work, if done in the true consciousness, one can grow as much in consciousness as through meditation or Yogic practices. The deeper aim of work as a means to inner growth is to come to self-realization and self-transcendence in the very field and dynamics of work.

An enlightened individual consciousness coming to excellence in vision, skill and action, stringing all pluralities into a dynamic synthesis is the kernel of the Indian philosophy of work and management — yogah karma sukausalam.

This module explores the concept and practice of bringing mastery and excellence to thought and action.

MODULE 2: DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP

True leadership, in Indian wisdom traditions, is always self-actualized leadership, evolving out of a process of self-realization, personal mastery and excellence. One cannot be a true leader without first being a master oneself. In other words, to become a true leader, one needs to work on oneself, and attain the capacity to inspire and lead.

A true leader inspires by being and not so much by ‘doing’: His or her being is primary: the ‘doing’ flows out of being. No matter how many techniques and formulae of leadership one may have learnt, unless one has touched one’s own heights and depths, it is not possible to bring inspired, effective and sustained leadership to others.

MODULE 3: INTEGRAL APPROACHES TO LIFE, WORK & LEADERSHIP

This module is entirely optional for the learner and is offered as a complement to Modules 1 and 2, designed to give the learner a comprehensive worldview of the wisdom-traditions of the east.

This module is theoretical and meant only for the learner’s intellectual training and information.

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