Leadership Insights by Rostow Ravanan, CEO & MD MindTree Limited

Leadership Insights by Rostow Ravanan, CEO & MD MindTree Limited
Mar 29, 2019 05:30 PM Ahmedabad University Auditorium, GICT Building, Central Campus Lectures Series

Mindtree Limited is a multinational information technology and outsourcing company, founded in 1999 and headquartered in Bengaluru, India and New Jersey, USA. MindTree is an organisation where its employees are referred to as “Minds of MindTree”. Mr Rostow Ravanan gave a deep insight into leadership lessons that are very important to understand and follow for anyone who aspires to lead. Some highpoints of his talk are given below:
  • Perseverance is a very under-rated trait. One can rarely succeed on the first go. Success usually comes in the long run and one must continuously strive and not give up as perseverance is necessary
  • Though it is tough to persevere, one must be determined when tasks become daunting. There is a very thin line between pig-headedness and perseverance; knowing that line and understanding it is true wisdom
  • The present world which is highly complex, it is very crucial to communicate the vision of the company
  • A leader must have strong competence in at least one or more functions. Employees tend to follow their leader after finding such competence. Therefore, one must have strong competencies to inspire their teams
  • One must always maintain a sense of self. Health is an important thing to be taken care of. Leaders contribute their energy to the organisation, so a balanced diet and exercise are necessary
  • Maintaining a work-life balance is very important and necessary. One must not let personal matters affect professional matters and vice-versa
  • Employees are an asset to the organisation. If you want to walk fast, walk alone, but if you want to walk far, walk with people
  • Be open to experimentation and possible failures
  • Feedback is very important if you want to move in the right direction
  • One must have the tolerance of ambiguity. Don’t stop your start because your goal was not clear
  • Progress is more important than perfection
  • We should maintain and cherish the relationship that we build at universities as those relations will form a support system once we step out
Lastly, Mr Rostow’s shared the motto that keeps him going - “Stay inspired and be inspirational”.


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