Swami Vivekananda-Father of Indian Management:
“Management is art of getting things done by others”, a definition from a western management guru, but is it what the management is all about, definitely not. Most of the Management students are reading and following various Management concepts which are prescribed by Western Authors. But there are so many Indian Management Gurus who are lived during our ancient times, and they are experts in the field of management.
Swami Vivekananda is one such Indian Management Guru, who explained about various aspects of Management in their quotes.
“I have gone through Swami Vivekananda’s works very thoroughly, and after having gone through them, the love that I had for my country became a thousand-fold. . . . His writings need no introduction from anybody. They make their own irresistible appeal.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“There was fire in his heart- the fire of a great personality coming out in eloquent and ennobling language – it was no empty talk that he was indulging in. He was putting his heart and soul into the words he uttered
Swami Vivekananda influenced powerfully the minds of many in India and two or three generations of young men and women have no doubt been influenced by him. If you read Swami Vivekananda’s writings and speeches, the curious thing you will find is that they are not old [but remain ever fresh]”.
Let see the some of his quotes in which he discussed important things, which are concerned with Managers and Management.
1. “It is easy to play a role of masters, but the challenge lies in becoming a servant”
Majority of the Management students prefers to work as a manager rather than working as a servant, but the real management can be learned only when they ready to take up a job of a servant. As mentioned in the quote, it is easy to play the role of a master, but it is difficult to play the role of a servant. A good servant today can be a better Manager tomorrow.
2. “We should be open to learn whatever good things we come across anywhere”
Learning is one of the important management qualities that each manager should possess; continuous learning will help the managers to be updated in their respective fields. Managers needs to be open while learning important things, it doesn’t matter even it is from their sub ordinates/servants.
3. “Always be positive and never criticize others, what maximum we should we do is to share our knowledge with others to share the blessings of truth.”
Managers needs to be more positive in their approach, if a manager is more positive, it will influence the entire team which revolves around the manager. Instead of criticizing others, managers should give recommendations and suggestions to all, and manager needs to share the knowledge with all irrespective of the his/her position.
4. “It is very easy to point out others Faults, What matters most is finding out their Merits”
As a manager one can easily find the fault of others, but it doesn’t help in motivating others in a positive way. But what matters most is finding the merits of each and every person, if one can find out the merits of a person, and can appreciate those merits, it will help him/her to perform better.
The above four quotes are just an example how we can learn the real management concepts from Swami Vivekananda. Still there is a lot to learn from his quotes.