The treatise Arthashastra by Kautilya, also known as Chanakya, is not only a compilation of the wisdom of Chanakya but also contains practical insights of the earlier teachers of management, politics, and strategy.
One of these is on the challenges of ‘Leadership’ something that today’s corporate world is juggling with. Arthashastra contains a wealth of wisdom on leadership, its development and application. Chanakya not only tells us what a leader should do but what he should ‘not’ do.
In Book 7’s chapter 5, from verse 19 to 26, Chanakya brings out 21 things that a leader should avoid doing. We will be studying these over ten articles. These can be applied not only to business leaders, but also to head of departments, project leaders, community leaders, politicians, and even the head of a family or any other institution or organization.
Chanakya had said, “Reasons for dissatisfaction of subjects: Discarding the good and favouring the wicked” (7.5.19-26)