Five Seats of Power

Self-awareness, contextual awareness and an ethical use of power are the key factors of meaningful and sustainable leadership. One of the most insightful frameworks through which to understand the leadership process is the Mahabharata. It speaks of five forms of power that reside in each of us; the ways in which they manifest and how they can be shaped to benefit oneself and one’s context simultaneously. Understanding one’s own propensities, valuing oneself the way one is, evoking one’s convictions and manifesting “the best one can be” is the foundation for heroic action. This module enables one to discover, commit to and anchor themselves in their heroic potential, i.e., to be able to sit comfortably in the seat of power and wield it wisely.

In the “5 Seats of Power” program participants go through a process of strengthening their inner will by discovering their heroic potential – “to be the best one can be”.

This is done by helping the participants to navigate through five essential questions –

  • Who am I?
  • Where am I?
  • Why am I here?
  • In doing what I am doing, what am I really doing?
  • How am I part of the problem – How can I be a part of the solution? 

Key Practices in this module include:

  • Internalizing the 5 Seats of Power
  • Observing their functional and dysfunctional manifestations
  • Asking the 5 key Questions
  • Working with team members and helping them unleash their full potential