Leadership Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita 16 – Summary

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 2 Verse 30

देही नित्यमवध्योऽयं देहे सर्वस्य भारत |
तस्मात्सर्वाणि भूतानि न त्वं शोचितुमर्हसि || 30||

dehī nityam avadhyo ’yaṁ dehe sarvasya bhārata
tasmāt sarvāṇi bhūtāni na tvaṁ śhochitum arhasi

dehīthe soul that dwells within the body; nityamalways; avadhyaḥimmortal; ayamthis soul; dehein the body; sarvasyaof everyone; bhāratadescendant of Bharat, Arjun; tasmāttherefore; sarvāṇifor all; bhūtāniliving entities; nanot; tvamyou; śhochitummourn; arhasishould
Translation – O Arjun, the soul that dwells within the body is immortal; therefore, you should not mourn for anyone.


The leadership lesson I draw from this verse –

Verse 30 is a summary of several verses that have come before regarding the soul’s immortality. But the important thing is that Lord Krishna summarises it in this verse. Summarizing at the end of a meeting, discourse or talk is critical for the message to go across and also for actions to follow. Remember that all of us get distracted all the time and sitting in a meeting with other folk and the forever-in-your-hand cellphone, distractions are the norm. So you may get distracted just when an important point is being discussed. You may miss an important comment. You may have left the room for a bio-break when an important data point was put up.

Arjuna similarly could have been distracted with his misery, while Krishna kept talking about the immortality of the soul in the many verses before this summary….. and the message might have been lost. So he uses the summarizing technique to ensure that Arjuna gets the message.

Always ensure, you summarize at the end of your meeting, call, talk, discourse or any interaction except gossip :). The call centre representative is taught two things – re-state what the customer says to you to check for understanding and summarize the actions at the end of the call and check to see if you solved whatever it is they called you for. Those are important lessons for anyone – check for understanding and summarize at the end.

Use this tool of summarizing to get the most out of your interactions at work and elsewhere. Apply at work today.

Happy Tuesday folks.


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