Leadership scholarship has shown that a person’s core values influence leadership decision making. It is important that a leader’s style align with his or her core values. Prior to the creation of the Dharmic Leader, no leadership model existed that aligned with Hindu or Buddhist secular core values.
The Dharmic Leader presents a values-based model that draws upon core secular Hindu and Buddhist values that adherents have followed for more than three thousand years. Section I of this book describes the core values and behaviors that reflect the dharmic leadership model. Section II presents an in-depth description of the philosophy that provides the foundation for the dharmic leadership model and how it fits into the West in the 21st century.
- The Dharmic Leader is organized into four sections: the leader’s view of reality, the leader’s relationship to self, the leader’s relationship to others, and the leader’s relationship to nature.
- It focuses on the leader, not the followers.
- It is centered on following dharma; the individual’s responsibility in analyzing each situation, choosing the most appropriate solution reflecting the circumstances of the situation, and taking virtuous action to solve the situation.
- It emphasizes the values of respect, humility, equanimity, diversity, the equality of all people, and a holistic view of every situation.
- It is flexible. It allows the inclusion of some existing leadership tools and team building techniques.