The Kautilya Leadership Programme – foundation course is an online course designed to empower individuals aspiring/retaining/succeeding in the position of leadership while understanding the clear and present practical challenges vis-a-vis time-tested timeless knowledge and wisdom on leadership propounded by Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya one of the greatest thinkers of all times.

There are two ways to live life: either you take full responsibility for your life and take the lead, or you blame external circumstances and allow yourself to be led by someone else. It is easy to be led; you do not have to do anything and when you suffer you can conveniently blame someone else for your failures. A significant portion of the world’s population leads such lives. Over time, leaders come who offer us with amusing promises only to fall short and pave way for someone to else.

To lead is one thing, to lead with vision and conviction is totally another: to act and bear the full consequence of that action without breaking. And keep moving ahead without playing the blame game. That is the role of a true Leader

True Leadership is more than a process, design, remuneration, perks, promotion, power or influence. It begins with You, by understanding You, by knowing You and by Realizing You. Much before it is letting make that You an integral part of your dream, vision, and mission.

Leadership is also more than mere data and information. Leadership is far above knowledge and all about Wisdom. Wisdom, which cannot be taught, handed over, lent or even sold.

And no! Leadership isn’t a modern construct as most modern educators want us to believe. Leadership as an idea was known in Vedic India for at least 5,000 years. It was known as Netrutvam and Nayakatvam.

The world’s foremost work on Leadership available to humanity to this day was compiled and edited over 2,000 years ago by a colossal individual named Kautilya. Also known as Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnu Gupta a.k.a. Vishnu Sharma, he was the sage Rajaguru ­– mentor to the King – Chandragupta Maurya founder of the famed Mauryan Empire.

His Arthashastra is believed to have inspired a great many kings, ministers, diplomats and even military strategies even to this day! For example, in his book World Order: Reflections on the Character of Nations and the Course of History, former U.S. Secretary of State and Nobel Laureate Henry Alfred Kissinger refer to the Arthashastra of Kautilya as a work that lays out the requirements of power, which is “dominant reality” in politics. For Kissinger, the Arthashastra contains “a realistic vision of politics long before Prince,” which Kissinger deems “a combination of Machiavelli and Clausewitz.”

Kautilya Leadership Program is built on time tested wisdom of Kautilya and is designed to empower individuals to understand the complexities of life and the world in order to succeed.

Course Topics:

The Foundation Course is a 6-month online course that will help you to:

  • Understand the complex connection between your body and mind vis-a-vis your own true self.
  • Functioning of the mind and ways to balance your mind under the most trying circumstances.
  • History of Kautilya a.k.a. Chanakya a.k.a. Vishnu Gupta a.k.a. Vishnu Sharma
  • Essentials of Vedic philosophy, knowledge, and wisdom
  • Prevailing concept of leadership vis-a-vis Kautilya’s Artha Shastra
  • The challenges of leadership and Kautilya’s wisdom to overcome them
  • Comprehending individual challenges in institutional leadership
  • The concept of organization and various challenges in organization building
  • Timeless knowledge and wisdom on Wealth – beyond currency
  • Economics and its role in our personal, familial, organizational, national as well as global wellbeing.
  • Politics and its role in our personal, familial, organizational, national as well as global wellbeing.
  • The subtle as well as a complex relationship between economy & politics
  • Diplomacy as the ultimate knowledge and wisdom for universal well being
  • Role of Mentoring & Counselling in an individual as well as institutional building.
  • The relationship between Leadership & Mentoring
  • The crucial role of Strategy & Planning in Leadership
  • Importance of understanding peace and its key role in establishing prosperity.

Author of the course, U. Mahesh Prabhu, a seasoned media, management, and political consultant, during his career spanning over two decades, decoded and applied most of Kautilya’s teachings with significant success. His book KAUTILYA: UNDERSTANDING THE COLOSSAL GENIUS has sold thousands of copies, globally, rather effortlessly. This course is based upon his experience while working as a close adviser and consultant to many political as well as business leaders – making it more practical than theoretical.

To ensure that students get the underlying concept we offer a seamless opportunity for them to clarify their doubts through 10 (ten) hours of Skype conversation with the course author as well as unlimited email communications. Students will avail special discounts as well as exclusive offers on all products and services of Vedic Management Centre including courses, books, counseling, and other offerings.

On completion of this course, the students will be able to understand subtle roots of complex problems, learn the fundamentals of overcoming as well as performing in a high-stress work scenario, understand in simple terms complex micro and macroeconomic concepts that often bear direct implications on their personal as well as professional endeavors.

Most courses – online and offline – available today on leadership are complex time consuming and prohibitively expensive. Kautilya Leadership Program is designed to meet every need of every working professional on every aspect – including cost and convenience. The course has text, audio as well as video contents for making the learning experience engaging.

On successful completion of the course, the students will also be awarded a certificate and along with a fellowship certificate.

Supplementary Reading (Included in the Course)

  • Essentials of Vedic Wisdom for Blissful Living | Author: U Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword: Dr. David Frawley | Pages 400 | Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press | Price $15.99 / INR 400.
  • Timeless Tales of a Wise Sage: Vishnu Sharma’s Panchatantra Retold | Author: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Illustrator: Shantheri Bhat | Pages 500 | Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press | Price: $15.99 / INR 800
  • Rishi Tales 1: 21 Ancient Sanskrit Tales Translated and Retold with Illustrations | Author & Illustrator: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Foreword: Dr. David Frawley | Pages 300 | Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press | Price: $9.99 / INR 250
  • Kautilya: Understanding the Colossal Genius (Volume 1) | Author: U. Mahesh Prabu | Pages 400 | Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press | Price $.15.99 / INR 450
  • Rishi Tales 2: 21 Ancient Sanskrit Tales Translated and Retold with Illustrations | Author & Illustrator: U. Mahesh Prabhu | Pages 350 | Publisher: Vedic Wisdom Press | Price: $9.99 / INR 250

Course Author Profile

Udupi Mahesh Prabhu is a media, management & political consultant. He’s co-founder & Director of the Vedic Management Centre and pens columns for BW Business World, Business Goa and Entrepreneurs Magazine. He is also a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland, London (UK) and Member of the International Federation of Journalists (USA). He holds a Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in Marketing. He has authored five books sold internationally. His book is also translated to Mandarin (Chinese).

Course Curriculum

Introduction 01:00:00
History on Kautilya 01:00:00
Vedic Influence on Kautilya 02:00:00
Fundamentals of Kautilya’s Philosophy 03:00:00
Understanding the our True Self 03:00:00
Understanding the nature, qualities and importance of The Mind 03:00:00
Dharma: What is it and Why is it important? 03:00:00
Kautilya’s understanding about life and living in accordance with Dharma 03:00:00
Kautilya’s view on Karma: The Universal Law of Cause and Effect 03:00:00
Himsa & Ahimsa: Kautilya’s wisdom on Violence & Non-violence 03:00:00
Sukham & Dukkham: Kautilya’s wisdom on happiness and sorrow 03:00:00
Arishadvargas: The six natural enemies within and overcoming them 03:00:00
Understanding the Significance of Yoga: Beyond Exercise 04:00:00
Kautilya’s wisdom on inherent nature of people 03:00:00
Ekantam: Kautilya’s wisdom on Solitude 03:00:00
Guru: Who is (s)he and why is (s)he important? 03:00:00
Rajagurus: The Gurus to the Raja (rulers) 03:00:00
Fundamentals of Rajaneeti & Kautilya’s Approach to Politics 03:00:00
Kautilya’s Artha Shastra & Artha Sutras: What they are? And why are they important? 03:00:00
Netrutva & Nayakatva: Kautilya’s wisdom on visionary leadership 03:00:00
Artha: Kautilyan Understanding of Wealth 03:00:00
Shanti: Kautilya’s approach to Peace and Prosperity 03:00:00
Fundamentals of Kootaneeti: Kautilya’s approach to Covert Politics 03:00:00
Sam, Dam, Dand & Bhed: Kautilya’s approach to Conflict Resolution 03:00:00
Kautilya’s perspective on Justice & Revenue 03:00:00
Shakti & Shakta: Kautilya’s View on Power and People Deserving of Power 03:00:00
Fundamentals of Nirdhara: Kautilya’s approach to Decision Making 03:00:00
Fundamentals of Tantra & Mantra: Kautilya’s teachings on Strategy & Planning 03:00:00

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