This paper aims to emphasize the behavioural shift in contemporary leadership and relate it to ancient traditions.
First reviewing contemporary trends, the article links these to widely available statements from Gautama Siddhartha, also known as “The Buddha”. It adopts a philosophical approach toward existing literature and experiential impressions. The subject scope is awareness and application of social skills in leadership.
The foundational concept of leadership has remained unchanged over many centuries, and an awakening about that is happening.
Encouraging leaders in all settings to develop and nurture “soft” skills (e.g. empathy, emotional intelligence, listening, leading from behind, tolerance, and yielding) along with the “hard” ones (e.g. knowledge, passion, charisma, decisiveness), which are often prioritized.
The impact on society will be that a greater sense of gratification among those who are treated respectfully will positively affect their behaviour, leading to expansion of this mentality, and finally resulting in greater societal happiness.
This paper is a critical note to all who currently fulfil or aspire to leadership positions in any setting. It will not only ensure greater success in their career, but also result better organizational performance.
Marques, J. (2012), "The resurgence of human values in today's organizations: pointers from the Buddha", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 5-7. https://doi.org/10.1108/14777281211189092
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