Mahabharata was the biggest battle fought in ancient India among Pandavas and
Kauravas, and had each and every other king/ruler fighting from either of the sides. Duryodhana representing Kauravas and Arjuna representing Pandavas, reached at nearly the same time to Krishna for calling him to fight from their side. Krishna asked them to choose between him and his complete army. Since he alone was capable of destroying the world, leave alone the opponent, he would not raise arms and play a non-combatant role. Arjuna chooses to have him and Duryodhana was happy to have gained his mighty army.
What is expected from a manager and how it applies to Krishna.
1. Manager should decide on a Goal
A manager should have decided a Goal and Krishna had 3 clear cut Goals that he followed and achieved 100% targets.
2. Manager should have Motivational Skills
When Arjun reached the battle fields he looses his determination to fight when he saw that among the opponents were many of his relatives young and old and that he was going to kill them for the sake of Kingdom. He resisted from fighting and dropped arms. Krishna motivated him by his speech later named “Bhagwat Gita” that’s still read and followed. Arjun recovered and decided to fight.
Pandavas and Kauravas had soldiers and warriors strength in the ratio of 7:11, Panadvas having 1.53 millions and 2.41 millions. With this count it was clear that the battle could be won only with Effective Strategies. The fact that Pandavas won the battle proves that Krishna was successful not only in building strategies but in implementing them to achieve success.
When Krishna asked Arjuna and Duryodhana to choose between him and his army, the choice was, in fact, between a Leader and his Resources. While a Good Leader can gain from limited resources, a Bad Leader will lose even with vast resources. Knowing his excellent Leadership Qualities, Arjuna requested Krishna not only to lead the entire mission but to personally lead him by agreeing to be his “Saarthi” (Charioteer), guide him and lead him to success.
5. Manager should be good in Direction and Controlling
Controlling an army of 1.53 million soldiers and warriors to fight against a bigger army was not an easy task. The 1.53 million soldiers were divided in seven divisions, led by a Commander each, further controlled by a Supreme Commander who himself was guided by the Pandavas and Krishna. This all was made possible with help of Lord Krishna’s great Management ad Controlling Skills. Management Guru Henry Fayol says that without appropriate Role Allocation, no mission can get desired results. Team spirit and appropriate Role Allocation can achieve everything. What was Arjun’s position, what was Bhim’s role? How Dharmaraj Yudhishtir will do his work, all these matters were decided by Lord Krishna.