The Multifaceted Leadership Model: Valmiki Ramayana

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THE MULTIFACETED LEADERSHIP MODEL FROM RAMAYANA Keywords: Servant Leadership; Transformational Leadership; Level 5 Leadership, Valmiki Ramayana; Sri Rama; higher ideals; moral values; vision; inspirational motivation; idealized influence; intellectual stimulation; Relevance to modern Management. INTRODUCTION: This paper attempts to develop a conceptual framework of the multifaceted leadership portrayed by Rama in the timeless epic Ramayana. Though modern management theories are a product of 19th and 20th century management thinkers some of the most celebrated leadership styles have parallels in Rama’s reign. The three most pronounced styles are servant leadership, transformational leadership and level 5 leadership. It is important to know more about this relationship, because a growing body of research indicates that the ancient epic has a veritable treasure trove of lessons to teach modern managers. This research paper develops the relationship framework of these styles after an intensive literature search of Valmiki Ramayana. SERVANT LEADERSHIP: The concept of leadership has fascinated the world of management for ages. The seemingly simple question of what makes a person a leader, has been found proverbially difficult to answer. An oft repeated definition is leadership is the art of influencing, motivating, inspiring, and transforming people to achieve organizational objectives. Among the many theories of leadership certain theories have found special relevance in the

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