Professor Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), a unit of Sri Aurobindo Society, was the guest speaker at a seminar, titled ‘Leadership by Consciousness’, organized by Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), Government of India, New Delhi, on 25th February 2014. The programme was attended by Joint Secretaries and Directors of various departments of Government of India. Padma Vibhushan–awarded Shri T. N. Chaturvedi, former Governor or Kerala and Karnataka, and currently Chairman of IIPA, also accorded a warm welcome to all the participants and guest at the function.
Professor Sen explained the relevance of ‘Consciousness in Today’s Business’ and the concept of Integral Leadership through an audio-visual presentation. The participants were guided to understand the fundamental principles of the integral approach to management. He also explained that since an organization is as good as its managers, all its goals, whether it is productivity or profit, ethics, quality or customer satisfaction, have to be achieved by managerial efforts.
Professor Sen’s stressed on the fact that the essence of a human being is consciousness. All the human potentialities for achievement, success or excellence lie in human consciousness. The habitual tendency of the modern leader to rely more on external sources such as technology, management techniques, consultants and organizational ‘transformations’, result in human potentialities in the intuitive, moral, aesthetic and spiritual realms, which can lead to a better economic returns as well as a higher quality of life, remaining untapped in the modern corporate world.
The concept of ‘Leadership by Consciousness’ was very well received by the government officials, who actively participated in the question and answer session. In his concluding speech, Shri Chaturvedi highly appreciated the effort of SAFIM and discussed the need for similar kinds of seminars in all government organizations.