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A Talk on ‘Leadership’ by Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India

The talk on ‘Leadership’ was delivered by Mr. Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestle India during the valedictory function of N-reach program organized by Nestle at ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal. The valedictory function, held on 27th July, 2018, was attended by all the B.Tech students, some of the Post-graduate students, Senior Representatives from Nestle India and NDRI faculty namely, Dr. Latha Sabikhi (Head, Dairy Technology Division), Dr Sudhir Tomar ( Academic Coordinator), Dr. A.K. Singh (Head, Dairy Engineering Division), Dr. A.P. Ruhil (Contoller of Examinations) Dr. Meena Malik (Professor, English), Dr. Rajan Sharma (Principal Scientist, Dairy Chemistry Division), Dr. Kaushik Khamrui (Principal Scientist, Dairy Technology Division), Dr. P. Barnwal (Principal Scientist, Dairy Engineering Division) and the young scientists of Dairy Technology Division i.e. Dr. P.N. Raju, Dr. Shaik Abdul Hussain, Dr. Yogesh Khetra, Mr. Gunvantsinh Rathod and Dr. Neelam Upadhyay.

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Mr. Narayanan, through his wide experiences encouraged and motivated the students by apprising them about the traits which are required to be a successful leader. He coined these traits as the 10Cs to be followed in letter and in spirit. Mr. Narayanan elaborated all the 10Cs by citing examples from his own life.

10Cs for being a successful leader: The essence of Mr Suresh Narayanan’s Leadership Talk

  1. Clarity:
  2. There must be clarity in the role one takes up and purpose of the same. He emphasized that the leader must know what kind of human s/he wants to become over the period of time and not where he wants to be. This is very important so as to avoid regrets in later part of life.
  3. Competence: The Forbes India Leadership Award 2017: Best CEO-MNC Mr. Suresh Narayanan highlighted that one climbs the ladder of success only when one excels in what one does NOW. Thus, impatience will not help in climbing the ladder of success. Also, he suggested that one must not expect tomorrow without doing anything substantial ‘Today’. For this, he stressed that both wisdom and judgement are required.
  4. Credibility: He apprised the students that credibility is essential not only in the professional world, but also in personal dealings. One must be genuine in one’s view i.e. good should be always referred to as good and bad as bad. Credibility should be as certain as sunrise and as clear as water in a pond, with no nasty surprises.
  5. Courage: Mr. Suresh remarked that courage is the least found element amongst all Cs. He said it is willingness to do things that we know are right. Courage is the voice within us, which tells us that there is a better way of doing things. He cautioned about the difference between being arrogant or stupid and being courageous. He said that men are 100% confident, while just 50% prepared, while reverse is true for women, who are more sincere and meticulous. If we are courageous enough, we can sleep with clean conscience. Each one of us has her/his share of crisis, but one must not find excuses and focus on how to overcome the crisis and rise beyond it.
  6. Concentration: Mr. Suresh said the present generation is multitasking. They indulge in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc., along with their studies, games and other extra-curricular activities. He urged the students to pick up one thing at a time and give 100% to it. This enables one to have focus. He cited the example of Arjuna from Mahabharat who just focused on the eye of the fish and was successful in piercing it with his arrow, which was possible only due to the intense concentration. He recommended to the students to spread excellence. He said only concentration can help build wisdom, attitude and relations to develop one’s ability.
  7. Creative: It is like a muscle i.e. if you don’t use it, you lose it. He pressed upon the fact that the students can put their mark of excellence in the things they do, still keep the creative spirit burning, shining and alive.
  8. Constraints: Eighty per cent of all obstacles to success come from the constraints and dissatisfaction with self. Thus, the eminent leader guided the students to remain unperturbed by the constraints that they face and advised them to use these constraints as the stepping stone for success. He said one must be fair in one’s deeds.
  9. Compassion: One should be like coconut, tough on issues but not with heart. A good leader must not let his subordinate feel low. Compassion in true sense means how you make other people feel. However, one should be compassionate without missing targets, objectives or deadlines.
  10. Continuous learning: There are no bounds to seeking knowledge. However, ego always comes in the way! One must have value added goals so as to have continuous learning throughout our lives and set aside one’s ego.
  11. Contentment: He advised the students not to envy success of others, as one never knows the road the other person has travelled, to reach where she/he is. The great orator warned the students that the people who envy, leave the planet early and have large ulcers, heart attacks and miserable relations. Contentment does not mean complacence, but happiness for others success and ‘being grateful for what one already has.

He also emphasized that the happiness in relations is directly related to longevity and discipline, and to be reliable and invest in healthy relations. The talk ended with a huge round of applause and a standing ovation for Mr Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and MD, Nestle. The students were highly motivated by the lecture and were buoyant after having interacted with Mr Narayanan. Dr. RRB Singh, Honourable Director and Vice Chancellor, ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal (Haryana) felicitated the speaker for his excellent Leadership Talk.

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