By Kalyan Bhaumik
I'm not sure how I got hold an interesting slide show about certain modern day management principles on team building and teamwork which can be learned from the Mahabharata. Most probably I got this in the form of an e-mail which somebody had forwarded me.
I can't acknowledge the original author as I've no idea who he or she is. But this was so interesting that I thought of elaborating on the same with help of Wikipedia. So here it goes ...
Lesson one : A successful team shares the responsibilities
The Kauravas implemented a centralized leadership. They had one head of army at a time he was the authority of 11 eleven akshouhini (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akshauhini) or divisions. Now if responsibility of such massive build up is not distributed effectively it is a tactical blunder.
On the other hand the Pandavas had seven commanders defined for their seven akshouhinis. Each akshouhini had its own commander defined namely Virat, Drupad, Sahadeva, Dhrshtaketu,Satyaki, Shikhandi. Dhirshtaduymna was the commander-in-chief, Arjuna was the supreme commander while Krishna was Arjuna’s charioteer and counselor. Krishna was also the chief strategist. Krishna being the charioteer was again an excellent move - the chief strategist and the supreme commander could always directly communicate being situated very close to each other. I can guess that communication through wireless or satellites were not available on those days, so this was a great advantage.
So to build an effective team share your responsibilities.