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10 Leadership Lessons Your Kids Can Learn from Lord Ganesh

10 Leadership Lessons Your Kids Can Learn from Lord Ganesh
Call him by whatever name you want—Elephant God or the mythological Gajakarna—Lord Ganesh is a favourite amongst every age group. Each aspect of his body, from his large head to his round belly, symbolises important traits and characteristics that we all must aspire to. Let’s take a look at important leadership lessons we can learn from Lord Ganesh.

Lesson 1: Use brain over brawn
Despite their large size, elephants are known to be gentle creatures. What’s more, if you study an elephant’s brain, you will see that it is full of creases, wrinkles and folds. These folds actually help with memory retention. An elephant is thus much wiser than any other animal. This goes to say that leaders need to use their brain and not brawn to conquer difficult situations.

The elephant is also one of the most emotional animals in the animal kingdom. It expresses grief, humour, compassion and excellent learning abilities. As the head of an organisation, a leader must possess all these characteristics.

Lesson 2: Speak less, hear more
The elephant is known for its mighty swaying ears, which not only keep it cool, but also help it listen to the sounds of the forest. The position of its trunk has also set its tongue deep within its mouth. This teaches leaders to listen to everything that’s happening around them, keep their cool and use their tongue only when needed. 

Lesson 3: Be focussed on everything around you
The elephant’s eyes are set on the sides, allowing it better peripheral vision. This also means that it has a perfect view of its surroundings. Similarly, leaders need to be in command of everything that’s happening around them and not let anything or anyone take them by surprise.

Lesson 4: Know your brand
What is the first thing you think of when you think of Lord Ganesh? His elephant head, right? That has become his identity. Similarly, a leader should always remember what he/ she stands for and must live by these values and morals. 

Lesson 5: What you see is not always true
Many of us believe that the tusks are what an elephant eats with, but in reality, that’s not the case. What you see may not always be true. One needs to get into every minute detail and study the facts to know the truth. This is one of the biggest lessons for any leader. Leaders need to scrutinise every detail before coming to a conclusion and taking a decision.

Lesson 6: Everything doesn’t need to be equal
There are various mythological stories that explain why Lord Ganesh has only one tusk. But what’s important is that in spite of this deficiency or defect, he has conquered the world. The same goes with a leader—he/ she needs to fight all odds to be the best. Within a team, a leader needs to teach people to overcome their handicaps and gain dominance. Also, as a leader, one doesn’t always have to be at par with one’s peers. As long as you are good at what you do, nothing else matters.

Lesson 7: Learn to communicate
Lord Ganesh has four human hands. These, we are told, focus on Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha or more simply put—rightfulness, profitability, happiness and a larger vision. These are the targets any leader needs to set for him/ herself.

Lesson 8: Keep all your information confidential
They say Lord Ganesh’s large stomach is capable of keeping all the information he possesses confidential and away from prying ears and eyes. This is one of the most important and difficult tasks for a leader to take on.

Lesson 9: Trust your colleagues
Unlike other gods and goddess who have fearless modes of transportation, Lord Ganesh chose the mouse as his vehicle. He trusts this little animal to carry his weight. Similarly, a leader must trust the people he/ she works with.

Lesson 10: Be sensitive
It’s interesting to note that the elephant’s trunk is so sensitive to touch that it can perceive the slightest of changes in pressure. Similarly, a leader needs to be sensitive towards people and the surroundings.

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