Global Business Leadership: Lord Krishna as Role Model for Global Leadership
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 7 No. 4 (2006): Vol-7-Issue-4-April-2006
Source: Vishnu sahastranam in Mahabharata’s Anushashan Prava. More than 5000-year-old Sanskrit
epic authored by Ved Vyasa.
Background: Five Pandavas under the guidance of Lord Krishna attended a 55 days training
programme on Leadership. Their grandfather Bhishama Pitamah was lying on a bed of arrows on
Krukshetra battlefield. He gave discourse to them as described in Shantiparva and Anushashan Parva
of Mahabharata epic.
Dialogue: King Yudhisthira asked Bhishma about need for a Leader. Bhishma replied, “Without a
leader no divine (executive) can perform duties in this world. He has to protect and facilitate them.”
1. Thus, Leader is needed for executive or middle level’s administration, protection and facilitation to
realize goals/mission of the organization. King Yudhisthira further asked, “Who is the best leader or role
model of Leadership? Bhishma replied, “Lord Krishna, who is the incarnation of Narayana is the best
or ideal leader.” Then he described qualities and roles of Lord Krishna as role model of Leadership
through recitation of Vishnu sahastranam. Selected verses of this devotional prayer are analyzed in this
research paper to reveal qualities and role of an ideal leader.