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Chanakya, who lived in 3rd Century BC, was the ultimate leadership guru. His Arthashastra is a timeless text that inspired Radhakrishnan Pillai to write the national bestseller Corporate Chanakya which is essentially a primer on effective leadership and management skills.

Business today faces both healthy and unhealthy competition because of huge unpredictable changes in the business environment. Pillai tries to bring a certain sense of spirituality in this business world. Not in a religious way, but in a way that looks at the welfare of everyone. His approach has a long-term focus on the welfare of the individual involved and the society in general. In business organizations today there is a lot of focus on short-term gain. Usually, under the pressure of performance, most employees will even find it difficult to define the purpose of the organization that they work for. Usually, under the pressure of performance, most employees find it difficult to even define the purpose of the organization that they work for.

Here are 8 key takeaways from Pillai’s Corporate Chanakya.

  1. Build a holistic organization

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  1. Bring spirituality and goodness into the modern workplace

  1. Reputation is the nucleus of your power.

  1. A leader should work both on the heart and mind of the people.

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  1. Working on the masses is the weapon that changes the face of the world.

  1. A good strategy is the basic requirement for success.

  1. Men are managed by the fear of punishment.

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  1. There are three ways of getting work done from your subordinates — instigation, motivation, and inspiration.

“When a leader was once asked how to develop the skill of quick decision-making, he answered, “Be around people who are not afraid of making mistakes.”


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