Being successful and building an empire has its set of challenges that are not for everyone and certainly not easy, to say the least. The struggle faced by legends behind the scene usually go unnoticed as what is displayed is typically the fame and glory. The trials, the failures, the plans going wrong, ideas being reworked, and eventually learning from the lessons, is something that all industry thought leaders such as Ratan Tata, Sanjiv Bajaj, Mukesh Ambani, and the likes, have experienced. And once the success is achieved, there is even more to lose and more effort required to only grow from that point forward. Reputation, crisis management, business sustenance, scalability, upskilling, acumen sharpening is what is required once a certain level is reached. When these obstacles are overcome and there is a vision and a plan to achieve that dream, that is when thought leaders emerge.
Some of the famous thought leaders globally are the ones who withstood the disasters and eventually succeeded in leading their ventures to the top by understanding what is to be done. Global thought leadership is not acquired overnight, it comes to those who innovate, who inspire, and eventually create an impact. Industry thought leaders are game-changers that have a pile of work behind them that can create a positive impact on the lives of many, helping them to learn, grow, flourish and enhance their lives. The top empowering leaders in India are also famous financial leaders who have the zeal and vision to take their ventures to new heights while empowering all stakeholders in their journey to success.
Listed below are some of the top industry thought leaders of India:
An extreme visionary and strong believer in game-changing businesses that can reshape the future, Mukesh Ambani is a legend whose global thought leadership led to newer narratives being written for India. He extended his ideas to the world by spearheading Reliance Industries into entering almost every industrial sphere. From oil and gas to retail, telecom and mass media, Mukesh Ambani’s zeal did not allow him to let go of any opportunity that came his way, to build an empire. A true thought leader, he is an inspiration for many budding entrepreneurs and inspires the world with his optimistic and aggressive approach. This go-getter demeanour is what has taken Reliance Industries to great heights. It comes as no surprise that Mukesh Ambani has won some of the most prestigious awards such as ‘Top-performing CEO’ by Harvard Business Review and the ‘Business Leader of the Year’ by NDTV.
A bold and agile visionary who believes in continuous learning, Ratan Tata is someone who envisages the future and makes it come true. Ratan Tata is a thought leader who through his expertise and experiences has ended up making a bigger bearing on enterprises, aspiring professionals, government bodies, NGOs, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and eventually the entire society and nation. The former Chairman of the Tata Group is well-known for bringing dreams to life and ‘the ‘people’s car’, Tata Nano, was a testament to that. On the business front, he has made noteworthy global acquisitions during his reign, the popular ones being Jaguar, steel manufacturer Corus Group, Land-Rover, Daewoo Motors, and more. On the social front, Tata Trust under his thoughtful leadership has made a prominent difference across various social mandates by partnering with more than 450 NGOs, doing exemplary grassroots work.
A name to reckon with in the financial services sector, Sanjiv Bajaj has always been engrossed in creating long-term businesses built on brilliance and justifiable profit. This famous thought leader believes in the power of technology and innovation to empower his end customers and employees. Bajaj Finserv is a testament to the fact that leveraging technology and digitising operations is what makes you emerge as a winner and keeps you ahead of the game. A brilliant business acumen coupled with a strong sense of responsibility is what led this famous financial leader to help his nation during the pandemic by contributing over Rs.200 crores and providing healthcare access for this cause.
Staying focused on driving brilliance in manufacturing and design, Adi Godrej’s values, vision, and exceptional leadership were the key to building a successful conglomerate. Adi Godrej has made a path-breaking contribution to his company as well as the Indian economy and is an inspiration for leaders to follow. This thought leader has contributed significantly to the development and growth of multiple industry sectors both in India and across the world. His exemplary leadership has been recognised on multiple occasions and he has been bestowed with prestigious awards such as ‘Padma Bhushan’, ‘AIF leadership in philanthropy award’, ‘Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards’, ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’, ‘Rajiv Gandhi Award’ and the ‘Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year’, amongst many others.