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Reflections from Indian History: Story-Telling for the New Age Mentor

  • Lipi Das
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Abstract

This article seeks to trace the concept of ‘Mentoring’ as a channel of communication through a ‘Conversation Schema’ and a ‘Mentoring Story-Telling matrix through Indian Historical Cases/Traditions’. Although lot of work has been done in the past in silos, the author tries to draw newer interpretations of Indian classics for modern management education and Philosophy. Insights are offered into the practices adopted by some of the Indian Kings and Historical leaders to enhance individual competencies in various domains. We strive to highlight the development of ‘mentoring as a channel of communication’ in the Indian past and draw lessons to be learnt for the new age mentor. Some of the traditions and legends discussed in the article are indicative of the author’s effort to co-relate the evidence in the past Indian tradition to the modern management practice.

Keywords

Classical Tradition Hippocratic Oath Persuasive Communication Indian History Corporate Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Management Technology-GhaziabadGhaziabadIndia

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