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Contents of the

“SAPTANG” : Day 1

  • Introduction to Chanakya & Kautilya’s Arthashastra
  • Introduction to Chanakya’s Saptanga model

“SAPTANG” : Day 2

  • Introduction to Swami
  • Leadership and leadership qualities

“SAPTANG” : Day 3

  • Introduction to Amatya and Janapada
  • Management and qualities of an ideal manager & Marketing / customer services

“SAPTANG” : Day 4

  • Introduction to Drug and Kosha
  • Importance of Infrastructure & Managing finances the Chanakya way

“SAPTANG” : Day 5

  • Danda and Mitra
  • Importance of your team members and friends (allies)

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About Program

Across the globe, leadership has become a subject of serious
discussion, study and research. Universities now have centers of leadership.
The number of books written on leadership has been growing rapidly.

Chanakya was a rare mastermind who became an expert in varied and specialized fields like management, economics, politicals, law, leadership, strategy, finance, business management, and several others. He has documented his wisdom in a book called Kautilya’s Arthashastra which includes 6000 formulas. In that one formula talks about the 7 pillars of leadership.

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The king, the minister, the citizens, the fortified city, the treasury, the army and the ally – these are the constituent
elements of the kingdom”
(Kautilya’s Arthashastra 6.1.1)


Swami – The Leader – CEO/Chairman
Who is a leader? Why does Chanakya place so much emphasis on a leader? Most of us think of a leader as a person with a particular designation and post – the Chairman or CEO of a company, the captain of a sports team, the dean of an educational institution or the general of an army. 
These are leaders no doubt. However, certain other attributes are required to make one a “great leader”, a leader who is productive, result oriented, inspiring.
One may get a leadership chair(position) by heredity, power or influence. But if one is not capable, the chair will not keep him.
Leadership position itself comes with great responsibilities and handling that reposibility you will need leadership qualities.
Therefore in this you will get to know what are the qualities of an ideal leader and how anyone can build that qualities


Amatya:- The Ministers – Managers
In Kautilya’s Arthashastra, the importance of a minister is emphasized repeatedly. In fact, Chapter 8 in Book 1 is titled Amatyautpatti, meaning “appointment of ministers”. Who is an amatya? He can be called a mantri or a minister. His counterpart in the corporate world is the manager.
There is a difference, yet there are similarities between leaders and managers. Depending on the context, every leader is a manager for someone and every manager is a leader for someone else. Let us take an example. The CEO of a company is the leader.
If the vice-president (VP) of the company manages a part ot the work for the CEO, the VP becomes the minister or manager. However, the VP is also a leader to his team members.
His subordinates, such as the assistant vice-presidetent, becomes his ministers.


Janpada:- The Market
Till the last man in the last village is not happy, the work of government is not done, says Chanakya. Similarly, till every customer is not satisfy, the work of organization is not complete.
The janpada are the citizens of the country. Without them the country is not complete.
 In the context of corporate world, Janpada referes to customers or clients. The prime duty of a comapny is to serve its customer.
Gandhiji also put it well: A customer is the most important visitor on our premises.
He is not dependent on us.We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption in our business. He is the purpose of it. So managing your customers is the first most important thing every leader should do.


Durg:- The Fortified City – Infrastructure
The fourth pillar consist of forts which was very important in the ancient time. Forts were located at strategic points, such as mountaintops or the coast, and helped the king to keep a lookout for enemies.
Every operations of the kings were directly connected and handled from his fort. Every organisation need to have well thought out infrastructure that includes both the physical and digital realms. So Durga deals with enabling people to perform by taking out obstructions.
It is about facilitating people with work; which the right tools and the right infrastructure.It is also involved ensuring Data integrity.
So building your infrastructure (head office) based on physical and digital form is very important, so you can efficiently handle your business operations. Soo how to build your strong head offices.


Kosha:- The Treasury – Finance
Chanakya has said, the first task of a king is to focus on the acquisition, growth and expansion of the treasury. Kosha is necessary to keep the kingdom going. The finance maintains the kingdom and helps in its growth and expansion. Every leader should manage his finance very efficiently. Chanakya says, the ‘koshadhyaksha’ or finance head , must bring daily financial reports and inform the king about financial condition. ‘Artha’ is wealth and ‘shastra’ is scripture. Therefore Arthashastra itself means the scripture of wealth. Chanakya has given many formulas on managing finance in Arthashastra. Soo you will get to know are that formulas.


Danda:- The Army – Employees
The sixth pillar of a kingdom is the army. It showcases the power of a country and protects the citizens from external threats. An army is a trained group of people that is ready to fight any threat. In modern days, the army is the employees of your business. They should be well trained to be a leader and take the responsibilities. The leader should efficiently manage his business army. In Arthashastra, Chanakya has given many formulas on how you can manage your business army and how you can take 100% benifit out of it.


Mitra – The Advisors
Mitra, a word commonly used in all Indian languages, means a friend, colleague or partner. It forms the last pillar of Chanakya’s Seven Pillars model. He is the friend, philosopher, expert and guide. You can depend upon him and he is true to you. The story of Mahabharata illustrate the importance of choosing the right advisor at the right time. This seventh pillar can change the dynamics of any game. A friend can make you or break you completely. You should always have an expert or mentor around you. Chanakya says, never goo for war alone, take a friend along with you. But choosing right advisor is most important as Chanakya says, he can make you or break you. Therefore you will get to know how you should choose right advisors.

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Participant’s Review

The king, the minister, the citizens, the fortified city, the treasury, the army and the ally – these are the constituent
elements of the kingdom”
(Kautilya’s Arthashastra 6.1.1)

A well articulated program.
Thank you team for all the extra efforts for coordinating it so well and making us feel a part of the family.
Dr Avani Parikh
The saptang is already great and your presentation and explanation was Cherry on the cake.Thanks for your valuable guidance.

Harshad Ravindra Mazire
Thank you for the session. I am indeed grateful to be able to listen to and interact with Dr. Pillai Sir. The session was well conducted.

Neha R. Joshi

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Take This Course?

  • Business leaders & owners
  • Entrepreneur
  • Wantepreneur (Students)
  • Top level management (CEO, Directors, Managing directors etc)
  • Mid level management aspiring to grow.

Benifits of attending this program

  • What is the ideal leadership.
  • What are the qualities of a ideal leader and also how to build that qualities. This will help you to build the leadership qualities and will help you to become a leader in future.
  • How should a leader appoint his Ministers (Managers). Because hiring right managers will help your business to grow.
  • The secret to understand how your customers/client think. This will help to capture your market.
  • How to build a quality infrastructure based on physical and digital form. This will help you to manage your busines operations efficiently.
  • How a leader should select his team leaders. This will lead to efficient management and business growth.
  • How a leader should select his advisors. Because by selecting right advisors, it will help a leader in negative time or in challenges.

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