At first glance, Buddhism seemed to be understood as one of the religions whose doctrines were directed solely to a transcendence of a spiritual goal without any concern for the world other than abandonment. It has been viewed exclusively that the only authentic way to follow the teachings of the Buddha was to renounce the world and become a monk or nun in order to practice meditation.
Thus, the conclusion of such misunderstanding and misinterpretation have merely brought the noble teachings of the Buddha on the irrelevance of man in the world, and to people who faced problems from their day to day life that it held out without principles for resolving the social, economic and political challenges. However, through an attentive investigation, Buddhism would be undoubtedly perceived as not only a path to complete eradication from mental defilements and attainment of the ultimate goal, Nibbāna, but also the paths leading to ethical, social, political, economic and peaceful household’s life. One of them was leadership which was basically crucial for an aggregate construction of unity, peace, happiness, and development within individual spirituality and societal prosperity.
One of the main teachings of the Buddha, Paṭiccasamuppāda critically implied the truth of co-existence which one does not live alone – each one inspired one another, especially the leaders of the family, organization, company, society and so on. A leader indeed was valid in any arena – war, politics, business, religion and any endeavor that required the ability to inspire and mobilize the efforts of a group in the service of a common goal, peace, happiness, and development. The concepts of leadership have been discussed through the generations about leaders’ competencies, ambitions and shortcomings, rights, privileges, and duties and obligations to approach a better and peaceful world. Therefore, this work intentionally demonstrated the tips on the method to be a good leader or for anyone who is preparing to step into a leadership by following the noble teachings of the Buddha. The essential and eloquently expressed principles on Buddhist leadership would motivate leaders to lead with good will and compassion. At the same time, it shows them the way to identify and achieve what is best for the individual and group.