4. Stay humble
Humility is one of those words that is freely bandied around, but the actual quality is less often practised. It is valuable precisely because it helps to keep leaders grounded without losing touch with reality, and enables them to view objectively their strengths and weaknesses and act accordingly to the interests of their organisation and the people it serves.
Ratan says: “If you sit next to a Nobel Laureate, they never tell you they have won a Nobel Prize – other people tell you.”
Be yourself. . . everyone else is taken
Tata is a far cry from the ebullient, trumpet-blowing cavalier that often caricatures great leadership. He instead cuts a reticent, soft-spoken, humble leader and serves as a great example that anyone can succeed – and perhaps stands a greater chance of success – by staying true to who they are.