Though there is a general agreement among progressive thinkers and leaders in business and management that ethics and positive values are the foundation of long-term effectiveness of an organization, there is not much systematic thinking on the applied aspects of positive values or how to realize these values in the inner being and the outer life of the individual and institutional basis. Professor Saikat Sen, Director, Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM), Puducherry, conducted a 2-day leadership development programme Towards Illumined Leadership for senior managers of National Aluminum Company Limited (NALCO), Bhubaneswar, on the 24th & 25th January 2013.
This workshop examined value education in the corporate context, based on the insights of an integral yogic psychology. The integral approach to values views value education as a process of psychological harvesting by which the seed of values is sown implanted and cultivated into the soil of consciousness.
For realization of values in the corporate life various applied methods were adopted for internalizing the values in the consciousness of the individual as well as organizing them in the outer collective life. These included:
- Audio-visual presentations
- Questionnaire-based discussion
- Real-life case study presentations, discussions and analyses
- Video case discussion
- Learning through music
- Learning through movies
The objective, and finally the outcome, of the programme was to enable the participants to identify, interpret and describe the behavioural requirements for value actualization in the organization in the present scenario of growing competition. The development programme also enabled participants to identify and align their personal values and behaviours with those of their organization’s (NALCO) towards a personal and organizational growth and renewal. All the participants were actively involved and found the approach and learning very useful.