Priorities

Leadership Nugget from the epic Mahabharata

-Karthik Gurumurthy

Arjuna asked Krishna, ‘Why Karna is known to be more liberal than me?’ Krishna showed a mountain of gold and asked Arjuna to give to people in a single day.

Arjuna, went to the mountain and broke the mountain rock by rock to give to the people. It took him several days to complete it. Now, same task was allocated to Karna. He gave all the people the required tools to break the mountain. He asked people to break the mountain and take what ever they wish. Everyone gathered and hit the mountain. They took away what they want and in few hours the entire mountain is vanished.

Krishna told Arjuna, ‘You want everything to be done by you. That is why it took you several days. You determined how much to be given. You didn’t use team work and required tools to break the mountain. Wanted credit for what you are doing. But Karna’s aim was only to break the mountain in a day and distribute it to the people. He used team work, required tools and never claimed credit of giving it from his hands’.

Leaders never claim the team’s credit, they stand in the front at the time of disaster, use right team member at the right place, use right tools and bring team together to complete huge task in short time.

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