Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

Towards a Holistic Model of Management Education

Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

Towards a Holistic Model of Management Education

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Introduction

Spirituality refers to the age-old values that have always sustained our society and life on planet Earth. These values serve as the very basis of a harmonious existence amid humans and all of nature.

Spirituality needs to be an important part of education. The goal of education is not to generate a generation only capable of understanding the language of machines. The real objective of learning is not just exposure to existing knowledge but also to critical skills like team building, leadership, creativity and a good mindset. Any education system which cannot address the above-mentioned scopes of personality is not comprehensive in itself. While they strive to acquire education, a degree and the qualifications to earn a good living, we should help our students understand that education for life is an entirely different thing. Education for life is spirituality, practicing values such as love, compassion, patience, forgiveness, etc. This alone will create a deep sense of responsibility towards our fellow human beings, nature and the world as a whole. Today, science and technology has reached the pinnacle of glory, yet widening the gap between poverty and affluence, leading to a state of despair and cynicism in the mass psyche.

The very purpose of education is to improve the quality of life, not based on knowledge alone but the value-based education and spirituality with a sense of purity and purpose. This doctrine surely helps the students to mold their attitudes-humane in temperament, refined in approach and divine in spirit. It would provide opportunities for students to be creative, contemplative, and imaginative. It encourages students to go deep into themselves, into nature, and into human affairs. It values service to others and the planet.

A spiritualized curriculum values physical, mental and spiritual knowledge and skills. It presents knowledge in holistic perspective on a conceptual format, rather than as facts to be memorized. It is integrative across all disciplines emphasizing interrelationship and inter-connectedness. It challenges students to find their own place in space and time, and to reach for the highest aspirations of the human spirit.

Education is an exploration of the external world and the self. It is a process of elevation of consciousness that transforms a 'Biological-intellectual' into a realized self. Education is not just knowledge-based skill training but to develop self-awareness, a holistic perspective for wholesome development and oneness with the world.

Literature Review

Srivastava and Misra (2012) have said that though Intelligence Quotient (IQ) ordinarily solves logical problems and Emotional Quotient (EQ) allows for judging scenarios and behave appropriately, they collectively are not capable of explaining the overall complexity of human intelligence and imagination. There is a third type of quotient which makes it feasible for people to do innovative, insightful, rule-making or breaking questioning and that is known as Spiritual Quotient. The authors have attempted to answer the questions as to how spiritual intelligence can empower today's leaders to sustain and run their companies in the 21st century. The authors have tried to understand the extraordinary dimensions of religious quotient, to evaluate how spiritual quotient may be a better device to manage/lead the humans effectively and to examine the relevance of square to sustenance and survival of companies in the new world order.

Chakraborty (2004) has spoken about the Sanskrit dictum "svarat samrat bhavati" which means that one that can rule or govern oneself can also lead others nicely. This involves bringing forth the hidden spirit to the forefront of the leader's persona. Then the chief will become empowered to lead others. The author also says that Indian civilization is primarily based on the groundwork laid by way of such leaders, known as Rajarshis, which actually means a king and a sage. …

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