The Concept of Swadharma and Effect on Leadership

13 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2018

Date Written: June 30, 2018


The concept of swadharma is ancient but its application holds modern relevance. The ancient wisdom of Bhagavad Gita engulfs thought provoking ideas on the concept of swadharma. The concept without any formal rules or guidance procedures is intertwined in the lifestyle of a human civilization through the framework of varna vyavastha and ashrama vyavastha. These terminologies have been explained in the paper based on the study of commentaries and translations of Bhagavad Gita. In order to view the visible results of swadharma an additional dimension has been studied. This is done by studying the inter-relationship between swadharma and leadership. The findings are based on secondary data sources that provide an overview of the topic. The paper concludes by stating avenues for future research in terms of variables closely associated with swadharma and leadership. Also, the additional areas of study have been suggested that can provide with primary data sources.

Keywords: Swadharma, Leadership, Dharma, Action, Bhagavad Gita Wisdom, Modern Relevance

JEL Classification: I20, I29, M10, M19

Suggested Citation

Dutt, Priyanka, The Concept of Swadharma and Effect on Leadership (June 30, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Priyanka Dutt (Contact Author)

Banasthali Vidyapith ( email )


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