Management Lessons from Baahubali
May 08, 2017
In the last few days Baahubali
became the first Indian movie to cross 1000 crores. While it dazzled audiences with
its special effects and Hollywood level production, it also had a few amazing
management lessons to give to the layperson who watches movies. While I could
go on and on about the amazing lessons it gives I will limit myself to the top 5.
enterprise can only succeed if its moral foundations are strong: When deception and greed are the foundations
of an enterprise it would meet a nasty end. When Bijjala Deva and Bhallala
conspire to overthrow the legitimate rule of Amrendra Baahubali they forget that
they are sowing the seeds of their own undoing. The rebellion of Mahendra Baahubali
is successful only because he enjoys popular support and moral legitimacy. The
reason for Mahendra Baahubali’s success is as much his moral authority as his
remain successful an enterprise must value its employees and enable them to
reach their highest potential: Another reason for Bhallala’s downfall is his
treatment of Katappa and other loyal employees like dirt. Bhallala uses Katappa
as a tool for his evil designs. In
contrast both father and son Baahubali’s are people oriented and concerned
about the welfare of their people and treat Katappa with respect and humility.
Employees don’t like to feel used and work with all their heart for the
enterprise when they feel valued intrinsically and if the organization tries to
help them achieve their highest potential.
successful continuance of an enterprise depends on the humility and action
orientation of the Leadership: One of the reasons for the downfall of
Mahishmati was Sivagami’s arrogance. If
she had had the humility to hear Devasena out or to correct her incorrect decisions
in a timely manner, much bloodshed could have been avoided.
employee may get a second chance as far as credibility goes, but a leader
cannot avoid risking his credibility. Once his reputation is lost he can never regain
it : For instance, Katappa gets a second chance to prove his worth and inherent goodness.
But as Bhallala who is initially honest is misled by Bijjala Deva gets deeper
and deeper into a murky mess, he spirals down a path in which there is no
possibility of redemption. If Bhallala Deva had had a sincerer well-wisher than
Bijjala Deva, the story may have been different.
But Bijjala projects his own negativity and sense of inferiority onto
Bhallala, showing all the more the need for sane, rational advisors for a leader.
a leader needs physical courage but much more than that he needs moral courage:
Only a leader with moral courage can inspire people to follow him. Only moral
courage of Gandhi could have led the illiterate masses of India to even face
British bullets. Similarly, what Bijjala Deva lacks is not physical strength but
moral courage. This is the same defect which Bhallala suffers from. While what
works in favour of both the Baahubalis is their moral courage be it in the elder Baahubali's selfless defence of Kuntala against the Pindari’s or in standing up for
Devasena against his own adoptive mother.
All in all, Baahubali is not just
a cinematic masterpiece, but also offers some valuable lessons for any aspiring
manager and entrepreneur.