Sunday, 4 November 2012

My Role Model Leader : Mr Narayan Murthy

“A true leader is one who leads by example & sacrifice more than else, in his or her, pursuit of excellence”
-N.R.Narayan Murthy, Chairman, Infosys

Leadership has been described as the “process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Other in-depth definitions of leadership have also emerged. Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. The world has seen many great leaders in many fields and they became the source of inspiration like Gandhi, J. Kennedy, BillGates, Henry ford etc

My Role Model is Mr. Narayan Murthy. I follow his all principles. His way of thinking, his concept of taking up things, his sacrifices and his attitude "employees first" is just something that makes him so impressive.

The best is his Simplicity. If none of us knew him by face, and only by his name.... Nobody would ever realize looking at him that he is Mr. Narayan Murthy....

I remember reading this "When he went for an interview, he was wearing a pair of slippers. The attendant asked him why are you wearing this footwear... You are supposed to be formally dressed. Look at the others around you who have come for an interview..... He replied: I know, Sir. But this is what I have. The day you pay me my first salary, I would be in formals....."

He was selected and paid in advance 50% of his salary.

That's Him....!! 

Nagavara Ramarao Narayan Murthy (August 20, 1946--Present), better known as N. R. Narayan Murthy, is an Indian industrialist and software engineer. He and six other engineers founded Infosys in 1981. Mr. Murthy served as CEO from 1981 to 2002. From 2002 to 2011, he served as the Chairman.In 2011, he became the Chairman Emeritus.

Some of the qualities that Mr. Narayan Murthy exhibits are:

Agent Of Change:
A leader is an agent of change, and progress is about change. Leadership is about raising the aspirations of followers and enthusing people with a desire to reach for the stars. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi created a vision for independence in India and raised the aspirations of our people.

A leader has to raise the confidence of followers. He should make them understand that tough times are part of life and that they will come out better at the end of it. He has to sustain their hope, and their energy levels to handle the difficult days. According to him, a leader has to sustain followers' hopes and their energy levels to handle the difficult days.

 The leader has to create hope. He has to create a plausible story about a better future for the organization: everyone should be able to see the rainbow and catch apart of it. This requires creating trust in people. And to create trust, the leader has to subscribe to a value system: a protocol for behavior that enhances the confidence, commitment and enthusiasm of the people. Compliance to a value system creates the environment for people to have high aspirations, self esteem, belief in fundamental values, confidence in the future and the enthusiasm necessary to take up apparently difficult tasks. Leaders have to walk the talk and demonstrate their commitment to a value system.

Enhancing trust:
 Trust and confidence can only exist where there is a premium on transparency. The leader has to create an environment where each person feels secure enough to be able to disclose his or her mistakes and resolves to improve.

Strong leadership in adverse times helps win the trust of the stakeholders, making it more likely that they will stand by you in your hour of need As leaders who dream of growth and progress, integrity is your most wanted attribute.

Work Life Balance:
Mr Murthy doesn't really identify with the concept of work life balance. He had once said, “First let's make a life, then think about work-life balance. I don't understand the concept of a work-life balance.”

Performance Oriented:
He is a man who always measures performance against value. According to Murthy peoples performance in the knowledge industry is as valuable as gold. Thus by introducing ESOP’s he motivated his employees to work smart and hard.

Pioneer in HRM:
Mr. Murthy says that his is an HR-based industry. Software is a knowledge business hence the focus is shifted to Brainware. It was he who started ESOP’s that is real distribution of wealth. Now it is very common in the industry to have ESOP’s but it has done wonders in Infosys. Thus Narayan Murthy is honestly awe-inspiring role model for professionals.

So, in all Mr. N.R.Narayan Murthy hold Behavioral theories and Employee- oriented leader of Michigan theories which emphasized interpersonal relationships by taking a personal interest in the needs of employees and accepting individual differences among them that is why employees at Infosys are perhaps among the happiest people in Infosys in terms of salary and work environment


71_My Leadership Resume

Lopamudra Behera

Seeking a rewarding position of a leader in a progressive non-profit organization where my experience and leadership skills will add value.

·         5 years of experience from IT Majors like Capgemini India Pvt.Ltd. and Infosys Ltd.
·         Excellent leadership skills
·         Strong organizational and planning skills
·         Good written and verbal communication skills
·         Excellent interpersonal skills
·         Ability to organize activities, event and knowledge sharing sessions
NITIE Management Batch 2011-13, Mumbai
NIT Batch 2002-06, Rourkela


• Established a community environment that is conducive to healthy living by Contributing towards community service via fund raising exercise for the NGO “Navnirmiti” at NITIE
• Led a 5-member team for Regression project and a 4-member team for Policy Print project
• As a Leader, conducted meetings, reported the project status and spoke extensively with clients
• Trained and mentored new members of my team
• Organized and participated in various drives for helping charity organizations and Community Development
• Created, facilitated and marketed various intra Individual Business Unit fun activities to promote social and interpersonal relationships among employees
• Single point of contact - responsible for ensuring the quality of deliverables
• Collected and integrated deliverables from team members at the end of everyday send it to onsite coordinators and communicate with them
• Volunteered and became speaker for many Knowledge Sharing Sessions to DC people at Infosys, BBSR
• Actively participated in Bharat Scout and Guide Movements
• Contributed a part of my salary to GiveIndia which in turn raises for various charities

• Worked with a team of 5 to achieve the target of regression test case preparation and execution for various releases
• Collaborated with onsite coordinator and other vendors to resolve critical issues
• Worked well under pressure and demonstrated strong customer relations skills

Coordinator, IVS Academy at Infosys
Module Lead, Policy Print Project
Module Lead, Regression Project
Garden Secretary, NIT Rourkela

Monday, 8 October 2012

Concept of Leadership

If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do. - Mahatma Gandhi

There are as many definitions of leadership as there are leaders. The most important thing for you as a leader is to find your own definition of leadership which:
1. Is genuine and true to you
2. Inspires those around you to perform their very best
3. Delivers the results you have set out to achieve

Once you understand yourself as a leader, your leadership brand, then you can determine whether you want to make changes as a leader and develop a plan to get there.

Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. To inspire your people into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must be, know, and, do. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. The best leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills

Leadership is a complex process by which a person influences others to accomplish a mission, task, or objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. A person carries out this process by applying her leadership attributes (belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills). Although your position as a manager, supervisor, lead, etc. gives you the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectives in the organization, this power does not make you a simply makes you the boss. Leadership makes people want to achieve high goals and objectives, while, on the other hand, bosses tell people to accomplish a task or objective

To help you be, know, and do, follow these eleven principles of leadership:

1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement. In order to know yourself, you have to understand your be, know, and do, attributes. Seeking self-improvement means continually strengthening your attributes. This can be accomplished through reading, self-study, classes, etc.
2. Be technically proficient. As a leader, you must know your job and have a solid familiarity with your employees' jobs.
3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions. Search for ways to guide your organization to new heights. And when things go wrong, they will sooner or later, do not blame others. Analyze the situation, take corrective action, and move on to the next challenge.
4. Make sound and timely decisions. Use good problem solving, decision making, and planning tools.
5. Set the example. Be a good role model for your employees. They must not only hear what they are expected to do, but also see.
6. Know your people and look out for their well-being. Know human nature and the importance of sincerely caring for your workers.
7. Keep your people informed. Know how to communicate with your people, seniors, and other key people within the organization.
8. Develop a sense of responsibility in your people. Develop good character traits within your people that will help them carry out their professional responsibilities.
9. Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Communication is the key to this responsibility.
10. Train your people as a team. Although many so called leaders call their organization, department, section, etc. a team; they are not really teams...they are just a group of people doing their jobs.
11. Use the full capabilities of your organization. By developing a team spirit, you will be able to employ your organization, department, section, etc. to its fullest capabilities.

If you have a high degree of commitment in following the above leadership principles and have defined your goals as a leader, then the next questions to ask yourself are:

1. What is my plan to obtain the development and improvement goals I have set for myself? Then, create a specific timeline with specific benefits to you and those you lead, and put your plan into action.

2. What development options are available to me both within my company or externally? Be creative. Don’t forget the opportunities that special projects and job rotations can provide for your development as a leader.

Finally remember to be true to whom you are when you are implementing your development plan. Find what feels natural and comfortable to you when implementing changes. If you don’t, those around you will not view the changes as genuine and sincere and you risk losing your credibility as a leader.