If You Want A New Idea, Read An Old Book

The Epic of Gilgamesh

"If you want a new idea, read an old book" said a wise man onceThe earliest recorded epic is from the Sumerian Civilization called the "Epic of Gilgamesh"(3000 BC ). It is in the form of five surviving poems. 

Gilgamesh was the ruler of Uruk. He wanted to go to war with the kingdom of Kish. 

Gilgamesh knew that Ego has no place in leadership matters. 

First he consulted the council of elders who always opposed him. As expected they opposed his ideas & plans. 

Next he deliberated with another council of elders who supported his course of actions. 

Now it was Gilgamesh turn to take decisions based on the different advices. 

What Gilgamesh did afterward is another matter of debate. 

Hear all the Sides 

Leadership means hearing all the sides of the arguements including the one opposed to your vision, strategy & tactics. 

Those who are convinced & have faith in their own vision have the confidence to hear all shades of the arguements. 

Those who desist from discussions have less trust in their own objectives & abilities. They prepare the first blow before the foe's blow. 

The Simple Guide 

The simplest guide to leadership is to hear all the sides but take your own decisions based on the inputs. 

Leadership is not so complicated as we sometimes make it out to be. 

Do you concur ?