Narayan Murthy


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Ø“Leader is an agent of change and progress is about change”

ØLeadership requires power to influence thoughts and actions of other people

Ø“It takes neither genius nor heroism to be a leader, but persistence, tough mindedness, hard work, intelligence, analytical ability, tolerance and goodwill”.

Credible Character

ØA leader has to raise confidence of his followers

ØA leader has to sustain subordinate hope and build their energy levels

ØA leader should be trustworthy to prevent disharmony in the company

ØTrust builds when there is transparency in the company. So he preached “When in Doubt, Disclose”

Compelling Vision

ØMurthy believed in fair returns to his stakeholders

ØHe strived to create an environment where an employee can disagree with leader without the fear of reprisal

ØHe believed in employee appraisal not only through vote of thanks but also through monetary benefits

Charismatic Communicator

ØA leader should possess good verbal communication skills and on top of that should be a good listener

ØA leader should be active rather than being reactive. His actions and objectives determine the direction a business takes

ØNarayan Murthy is a managerial leader. His subordinates call him a boss and a guru

Culture Builder

ØOne thing he values is integrity i.e. strong leadership in adverse times helps win trust of subordinates

Ø“One should fight for truth and never compromise on his values”
ØLeaders are conservators and regulators
ØTwo qualities which are a must for a leader- control and empowerment

Critical Analysis

•Supported Phaneesh Murthy when molestation charges were raised against him by one of Murthy’s employees viz. Ms. Anita Barnali

•Does not have good table manners

More Information

Mr. Narayana Murthy is undoubtedly one of the most famous persons from Karnataka. He is known not just for building the biggest IT empire in India but also for his simplicity. Almost every important dignitary visits Infosys campus. The beauty about his family is that they believe in sharing their wealth with the needy.
We thank him for bringing India on the world’s IT map and providing jobs to thousands. Here is his brief bio:

Mr. Narayana Murthy was born on August 20, 1946 in Karnataka, India. He obtained his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (B.E.) from University of Mysore in 1967 and his Master of Technology (M.Tech.) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur in 1969.
He founded Infosys in 1981 along with six software professionals. He is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Mentor Officer of Infosys.
He was a member of the operating system team that designed real time operating system for handling air cargo for Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. He was the President of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) from 1992 to 1994.
Mr. Murthy is a member of the National Information Technology Task Force of India, and also of the Prime Minister’s Council on Trade and Industry. He is a Director on the board of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Mr. Murthy has received several honors and awards :
1. The ET Businessperson Of The Year Award [2000-2001]
2. The Max Schmidheiny Award – 2001
3. He has been featured in the Asiaweek Power 50 (June 2000) – a list of Asia’s Most Powerful People
4. He has been named by Business Week as one of the Top Entrepreneurs of the Year 1999.
5. He was chosen as the Business India’s “Businessman of the Year 1999″, the Indian corporate world’s most coveted award.
6. Business Week chose him as one of “The Stars of Asia” for three successive years, in 1998, 1999 and 2000
7. He has been awarded the JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award for 1996-97
8. He has been conferred with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 1998 by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
9. He is the Co-Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership
10. He is a member of the Asia Society’s International Council and Board of Councilors of the University of Southern California School of Engineering. He is also on the Wharton Business School’s Asian Executive Board
Today, Infosys is acknowledged by customers, employees, investors and the general public as a highly respected, dynamic and innovative company. In March 1999, Infosys Technologies became the first India-registered company to be listed on an American stock exchange (NASDAQ: INFY).


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