‘Swarat–Samrat’: Workshop on Conscious Leadership

The typical inclination of a leader today is to rely more on external resources such technology, management techniques and consultants to achieve success and achievements in their business and personal space. Most of the modern management thinking on leadership is about this outer governance or ‘organizational transformation’. However, the Indian management thought repeatedly emphasizes on self-governance – Swarajya – as the foundation for governing the outer world – Samrajya. As a result, much of the hidden human potentialities in the intuitive, moral, aesthetic and spiritual realms, which can lead to a higher quality of life as well as better, more successful end results, remain untapped in the corporate world. The main objective of the workshop was to determinedly activate these hidden potentialities of consciousness and manifest them in every activity of corporate life.

Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM) conducted an experiential workshop on ‘Conscious Leadership’ based on the aforementioned Indian management concepts at Society House, Sri Aurobindo Society, on January 22, 2018, for a group of corporate leaders from the UK, Iceland and Switzerland on an exploratory tour of Puducherry and other parts of India. The workshop was very well-received by the participants.


“The program was very unique way of self-awareness training and felt very comfortable in the group discussion. The aspects I found most interesting of the program are as follows:

1. It opened my mind to a new way of thinking. 
2. The program helped me to make a connection between nature and self. 
3. Discussing the four rooms within oneself.” – Barbara Jamison, London and Partners, UK

“The program was excellent. Really eye-opening; made me have to look inward, think about things that I normally don’t think about, reflect on myself, my feelings and thoughts and actions. I found most interesting of the program is sharing knowledge and experience with the leader and participants.” – Ashildur Bragadottir, Visit Reykjavik, Iceland