Why Vedic Leadership Counseling?
Operating in an ultra-competitive world makes leaders across various professions significantly stressed physically as well as emotionally. While there are many quick-fixes available for physical pains, emotional and mental disturbances are hard to address. There are many reasons for a leader’s emotional distress, personal as well as professional. What we’ve often observed is that since personal issues are delicate, cautious leaders don’t discuss these personal issues with those whom they are unable to trust. In the age of extreme ambition and greed, it’s tough for leaders to find people whom they can trust in an enduring manner, which thereby increases their psychological distress. Vedic Leadership Counseling intends to heal such distress besides ensuring that they do not resurface in the future.
Origins of Vedic Leadership Counseling
In ancient Vedic India, rulers of various legendary empires developed a methodology to identify, recruit and promote deserving people into positions of influence and power. When they had to deal with their issues, they preferred not to discuss these with them - mainly because discussing their fears and anxieties could make them appear weak and vulnerable. Therefore, these rulers sought advice and counsels from the sagely Rishis, who stayed aloof from the material world and lived in nature. These Rishis had no personal ambitions and had achieved a state of perfect mental equilibrium. That is to say, they were always equipoised and remained unaffected by the external circumstances. These Rishis never marketed themselves. They had no great personal belongings either and had little or no desires left in them. Ambitions, as the very concept, was alien to them. Their counsel sought after by all people, who looked up to them and revered them as if they were gods. Be they kings, their kin, lieutenants or a commoner they looked them all equally and provided them with perspective to emerge from their challenges. Unfortunately, such Rishis are hard to find these days.
A Comprehensive Counseling Model
The Post-Industrial Revolution era the western world has sought to develop processes and people to help leaders to perform better. Today there are many consultants, advisers, counselors and coaches who claim to help leaders enhance their performance and overcome their stress at various levels. None of them seem to have a concrete, pragmatic or proven methodologies to address the problems overall. Their approach is based on trial and error method, with limited help in isolated areas. It should not be a matter of surprise that the search for the secret formula for leaders to keep their composure and give their best under severe stress and challenges is far from being solved. We at the Vedic Management Centre through a relentless research through ancient Vedic texts on leadership, starting from Mahabharata, Pancha Tantra, Artha Shastra, Neeti Shastra, Artha Sutra and Neeti Sutras vis-à-vis prevailing management case studies and theories, have found a remarkably efficient way to address this very challenge through our Vedic Leadership Counselling™ services.
A Comprehensive Counseling Process
Vedic Leadership Counselling™ is essentially a 4 (four) step process:
- 1. Sampark
- 2. Samarpan
- 3. Samadhaan
- 4. Sambandh
Counseling is a complex art. And since our process is yet to be proven the single most challenge is to earn our mentee’s trust. Sampark is a systematic process designed to deliver just that. This step often takes a lot of time since it’s essentially about us understanding our mentees and then making them understand us. Thereby confirming them our ability to help them.
Once Sampark is achieved, it’s important that we connect in a way that the trust earned is retained and never questioned. Doubts are severe impediments in any relationship; truer in counseling. Samarpan is the process of building ways to ensure that the trust earned is retained and protected by either side at all times. And if broken, neither the counselor’s nor the counselee’s interests are seldom compromised.
Once there’s Samarpan or Connection based on trust. We then identify their personal as well as professional challenges and present simple, yet effective ways for our counselees to deal with them. Based on effortless Dhyana (Meditation) and Pranayama (Breathing Exercise). We do not recommend any medications, OTC or otherwise.
And once the mentee finds practicality of our solution, it leads to an ever-strengthening relationship – Sambandh. It often leads to a long term relationship of mutual faith and admiration. No matter when the counselee might need the counselor will make himself available at any given point of time.
Each step is tailored for each counselee and designed without any complex algorithms or jargons. We believe, and have also most often proved, to our counselees how even the most complex problems are overcome with simple solutions. Of course, the process can be time-consuming. But we do not believe in quick fixes. We believe in providing ways to counselees whereby there are little or no detrimental consequences.
Most leaders worry about confidentiality as the information they have to convey – personal or professional – can be sensitive. Even though we perform our counseling services through a legally binding confidentiality agreement, we’ve developed an ingenious way for our counselees to convey their situation without giving us the actual data and information. We call this model – MANA MAYA MANDALA MODEL. It is a way we recreate a situation as a model of the situation affecting our mentees without many efforts. We then present a series of perspectives on situations which the counselees may never have seen before on their own. Multiple perspectives often provide multiple solutions. Of course, the process of examining complex situations and providing new perspectives may not be entertaining. At times they can also be stressful and/or confusing. We make it interesting through various anecdotes, tales from Vedic lore, that, besides being educating and entertaining, also lead to intelligent conversations empowering a greater understanding of the situation dealt with.