Leadership is not just a role or a term, it is a blend of action and example. It is not unknown how important a successful leader is for any organization’s success. Leadership can make or break a company when it comes to doing business.
India’s home to some of the world’s top companies. You name it from IT to infrastructure, and our country has a leading company for that. All of them owe their success to highly efficient leaders – you guessed that. Whether you’re looking for inspiration or just wanting to get informed, we’ve covered you.
1. TATA Group
A giant conglomerate, Tata is perhaps the most famous Indian corporation in the world. Tata Group is a proud parent of some of the most iconic consumer brands and services spanning a range of industries- Tanishq Jewelry, Tata Sky, Vistara Airlines, Taj Hotels, Tetley Tea, Fastrack, and Westside are just a few to name for. Tata Consultancy Services ( TCS) is one of the biggest names in the global information technology industry.
At present, the Tata Group is chaired by Natarajan Chandrasekaran, but it would be unreasonable not to include Ratan Tata, the emeritus president.
This Cornell alumnus is the recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards and has been the man behind Jaguar Land Rover ‘s brave acquisition by Tata Motor. Currently, Tata Motors ranks 265th on the Fortune Global 500 list.
2. Reliance Industries
This multinational conglomerate was founded almost 60 years ago as Reliance Commercial Company and is now one of India’s most successful companies. Reliance had a modest start as a textile manufacturer in Maharashtra and joined the energy and telecom industries in the 1990s.
For Reliance, both of these projects were highly successful and the company hasn’t looked back ever since. Under his hat, Reliance has a number of well-loved companies like Jio, Saavn, and Hathaway.
3. State Bank Of India
State Bank of India is currently led by Chairman Rajnish Kumar and is the country’s largest public-sector bank. The bank has a long history which spans two centuries. Established in 1806, it is India’s oldest bank in history.
SBI has over 24,000 branches across the country and provides a wide variety of services that are not limited to Indians, but apply to non-resident Indians as well.
This bank is one of India’s most trusted institutions, and it holds 10th position in the Brand Trust Report this year. SBI is the proud recipient of several awards including the ‘Best Transaction Bank in India’ award from The Asian Banker and ranks 236 on the Fortune Global 500 list.
Founded as a manufacturer of locks over a century ago, this company was an active participant in the Swadeshi movement. The company invented the world’s first fat-free animal soap, and eventually forayed into a motley of industries including furniture, ballot boxes, refrigerators, and infrastructure.
The company’s current Chairman is Adi Burjorji Godrej, managed and owned by the Godrej family. He was instrumental in modernizing the company’s management structure and implementing process improvements.
Godrej Group has risen to great heights under his leadership and has built up a strong presence on the international market. Under its belt, Godrej has a variety of common consumer goods, including Cinthol, Godrej Expert hair color, Good Knight, BBLUNT, and Nature’s Basket.
Wipro is a multinational company specializing in information technology, consultancy, and business process services. Besides that, Wipro is also a maker of many popular soaps, such as Santoor, Yardley, and Aramusk. The firm was founded in 1945 by Mohamed Premji as “Western India Palm Refined Oil Limited,” abbreviated as Wipro. The new chairman, Azim Premji, is known informally as the Indian IT industry’s czar, and the title couldn’t be more fitting.
He is the man behind the massive growth and diversification of Wipro into various industries, which has led the organization to establish itself as one of the tech industry’s world leaders. A Stanford alumnus, he is currently India’s second-wealthiest individual and a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards.
Another giant in IT services, Infosys bagged the third spot on Forbes’ Best Regarded Companies list for 2019. Nandan Nilekani currently serves as Infosys’ chairman. A graduate of IIT Bombay, Nilekani has won many awards including the Legend in Leadership Award from Yale University and the Padma Bhushan Award. He was Infosys’ co-founder. The company was established in Pune, Maharashtra in 1981 and grew admirably to become a multinational corporation with a large presence in India, the U.S., China, Australia, Japan, Middle East, and Europe.
Infosys provides companies in banking, insurance, manufacturing, and other fields with software creation, maintenance, and independent validation services. This has also been venturing into the artificial intelligence market, with an AI application named Infosys Nia.
7. Adani Group
Adani is a global conglomerate that has companies in a wide range of sectors including oil, finance, logistics, agribusiness, real estate, financial services, security, and aerospace. It is a fairly young business, founded as a retail trading company in 1988. The business grew quickly into importing and exporting multi-basket goods. It started trading coal in 1999 and expanded into the edible oil market, giving birth to Fortune, India’s largest brand of edible oil.
The organization is also very involved when it comes to corporate social responsibility, and has taken initiatives in many sectors such as education, sports, management of rural infrastructure, community health, and sustainable development of living. Currently, the Adani Group is headed by Gautam Adani, who is also the company founder. In 2017, he was ranked 4th most influential person in India by India Today.
8. Mahindra Group
Mahindra is a crown jewel among multinationals in India and boasts leadership in the global tractor industry. Has a presence in well over 100 countries. The company operates actively in a wide range of sectors — aerospace, agribusiness, aftermarket, car, components, construction equipment, defense, energy, farm machinery, finance and insurance, industrial equipment, information technology, leisure and hospitality, logistics, real estate, retail, and two-wheelers.
Mahindra was founded in 1945 and has now developed into one of the leading conglomerates in India. In 2011, the Mahindra Group launched a new corporate brand, called “Mahindra Rise,” to extend Mahindra ‘s branding through industries and geographies. Anand Mahindra, Harvard University alumnus, currently presides over the business and has been the proud recipient of various awards and honors.
9. Bharti Enterprises
Established in 1976 as a bicycle parts manufacturer, Bharti has grown to be one of India’s largest and most successful business groups, with world-class telecom, insurance, and food businesses. Bharti began its telecom services business in 1995 with the launch of mobile services, and Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of the group, has emerged as one of the world’s largest telecom companies and ranks among the world’s top three wireless operators.
Now in India the company is synonymous with telecommunications. Led by Sunil Bharti Mittal, its founder, and chairman, Bharti operates in 18 countries across Asia and Africa. Sunil Bharti Mittal is an entrepreneur of the first generation and began the business with a small capital of 20,000 Rupees. He was given a multitude of distinctions, including the Padma Bhushan award.
10. Bajaj Group
Close to a century-old Bajaj is one of India’s oldest and biggest conglomerates. The company consists of more than 30 companies and Baja Auto is one of the world’s largest two-wheeler and three-wheeler manufacturers. It is one of the biggest names in the Indian market.
Bajaj Group was founded in 1926. Rahul Bajaj is the company’s new President. This entrepreneur has received several prestigious awards and recognitions, including the Government of India’s award of ‘Padma Bhushan’ and the Economic Times, Ernst & Young, and CNBC Lifetime Achievement Awards.
The company operates in a wide range of sectors including cars, home appliances, electric lamps, wind energy, special alloy, and stainless steel, cranes, forges, infrastructure development, material handling equipment, transport, general and life insurance, and investment, consumer finance & asset management.
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