The ability to become a leader at any level and remain in power requires art and science – it is not by fluke or luck. It involves skills to influence, communicate, persuade and negotiate with people to stay in a stable and harmonious position for a long time.
The Indian science of architecture called Vasthu Sastra states that leaders are not born but crafted by observing the ancient rule of balancing the five elements of earth, fire, water, ether and air.
To achieve and hold on to a top post, the individual should arrange the space he or she is occupying to be with the flow of subtle energy so that the person will be in balance and in control.
Companies experiencing constant disagreement between management and employees should audit their space because it could be caused by the leader occupying an inauspicious position in the office. Office harmony is vital for any business to be profitable and enjoy steady growth, with employees staying loyal.
First and foremost is the location of the managing director, who should seize the commanding place of south-west, south or west quadrants. The south-west quadrant should be the first choice for his room and he should sit facing north for better clarity, positivity, governing stimulus and affability as a boss.
In the extreme corner of the south-west room, he should place a safe box that opens towards the north for financial growth and prosperity. His table should be made in wood and be rectangular in shape. The managing director’s chair should be maroon in colour.
Avoid chairs with black, grey or blue cushions because they are regarded as unmotivating colours. Do not choose an L-shaped table, but he can opt for a detached table to place on the side to keep files and documents.
The table must be clean and uncluttered because a messy tabletop will attract bad energy and affect the mood and cause disinterest at work. Such disturbances can also create disharmony and employees will develop doubts about and dislike work instructions given by their superior.
The boss’ office should be carpeted in red or maroon and mood lighting is preferred here to ensure he works in a calm and stress-free environment. White lights are more suitable for all other employees in the administration area who should stay alert during their working hours.
Ideally, behind the boss’ seated area should be a wall and on the partition, an image of a mountain should be hung to give him grounding, confidence and stability. Avoid placing images that depict tension like weapons, stuffed animals and photos of aggressive animals.
Awards and achievements of the company or employees should be displayed in the managing director’s room to multiply the energy of cheer and success. A water feature is not recommended in the south-west quadrant and a discussion table that is round can be added if there is space.
When in discussion at the table, the boss should sit facing north and his guests facing east for a fruitful meeting.
For a more formal or decision-making meeting, the managing director should adjourn to the meeting room preferably located in the south or west quadrant. Here, too, he should face north when giving instructions and making a decision.
Avoid having a mirror on the wall that reflects his image when he is seated because it will cause disturbance from another person in his space. The boss must avoid sitting facing south and west or he will lose concentration, experience tension and feel fatigue.