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Management Lessons From Rani of Jhansi

Management Lessons From Rani of Jhansi

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Published by: Gaurav Kumar on Apr 26, 2009
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Management lessons from Raniof Jhansi
T
hroughout history, wars have left an indelible mark on human psyche.Serious debates have been held on the morality of and the strategicnecessity for war. And yet, like every dark cloud that has a silver lining,wars too at times leave a society wiser.India is no stranger to wars. And there are many lessons to be learntfrom each of those battles--
Management Lessons
, to be precise.Here we present the second in a series of articles on ManagementLessons drawn from Indian history.This one picks out Management gems from the battle for Jhansi.
 
 
Image: Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi
 
 
 
The battle for Jhansi (1858 AD)
The British Government had decreedthat all independent Kingdoms which did not have a male successor hadto merge with the Empire. An adopted son was not considered asuccessor. This caused problems for Rani Lakshmibai whose adoptedson, Damodar Rao, would not have been able to ascend the throne after her husband, Raja Gangadhar Rao, died. She told the British envoy shewould not part with her kingdom, Jhansi, despite knowing she couldland into trouble. She had consulted her subjects, who hadenthusiastically supported her in taking up the issue with Britishlegally, if not militarily. Residents of Jhansi were made aware of thisnew situation. If the legal battle didn't go in her favor, she would haveto take to arms.
Lesson:
Involve the team in any major decision-making process. Whenone has the buy-in, it yields far better results

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