By Akrura das
The King and His Advisors
In modern times, there are legislative assemblies whose members are authorized to make laws for the welfare of the state, but according to this description of the kingdom of Maharaja Ambarisa, the country or the world should be ruled by a chief executive whose advisors are all devotee brahmanas. Such advisors or members of the legislative assembly should not be professional politicians, nor should they be selected by the ignorant public. Rather, they should be appointed by the king. When the king, the executive head of the state, is a devotee and he follows the instructions of devotee brahmanas in ruling the country, everyone will be peaceful and prosperous. When the king and his advisors are perfect devotees, nothing can be wrong in the state. All the citizens should become devotees of the Lord, and then their good character will automatically follow. (SB 9.4.21 P)
If every ISKCON leader would have a mentor or a coach, it’s likely he’ll be a better leader. He could meet with his mentor at least once a month and discuss how to improve his service, based on spiritual leadership principles given in Srila Prabhupada’s books. Mentor could also take feedback from leader’s close associates and use it to help the leader improve, as well as coach leader’s associates in how they can help the leader improve. I believe this will bring more leadership empowerment and effectiveness in our movement.