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Infosys Founder Narayana Murthy: Lessons from a billion-dollar empire

Updated: 31 Aug 2023, 06:34 PM IST

  • The legacy of N.R. Narayana Murthy, chief Founder of Infosys, encompasses more than just corporate success. Discover the wisdom that has marked his journey and continues to inspire global leaders.

Murthy’s philosophy revolves around transparency in leadership.

Murthy’s philosophy revolves around transparency in leadership.

N.R. Narayana Murthy's name is synonymous with the meteoric rise of the Indian Information Technology sector. As the chief founder of Infosys Technologies Ltd., his innovative strategies and core values paved the way for the IT company to not only be the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ but also the first to achieve an annual revenue milestone of $1 billion.

Murthy's Commitment to Transparency

Murthy’s philosophy revolves around transparency in leadership. He believes in the power of disclosure, especially in times of uncertainty. "The leader has to create an environment where each person feels secure enough to be able to disclose his or her mistakes, and resolves to improve,” Murthy says, citing insights from Renu Saran’s book, Narayana Murthy and the Legend of Infosys. This ethos of openness sets the tone for a trustworthy corporate atmosphere.

Generosity at the Forefront

After the landmark Initial Public Offering (IPO), Infosys made an unconventional move. It chose to share a slice of its equity with the employees, which not only fostered loyalty but also infused a sense of ownership among the workforce. Over time, Murthy proudly shared stocks worth over 50,000 crore, thereby ensuring that success was a collective experience.

The Power of Global Benchmarking

In a world where competition is the norm, Narayana Murthy emphasises the need for global benchmarking. He contends that understanding and measuring against global standards not only benefits the customers but also elevates the company's capability to rival the best.

A Pillar of Values

For Murthy, an organisation's strength isn't determined by its size or revenue. Instead, it’s determined by its adherence to core values. He envisions superior organisations as places where "employees at all levels are driven by values." Such a robust value system fosters a conducive environment for innovation, aspiration, and resilience.

The Essence of Simplicity

Despite the monumental success, Narayana Murthy is a beacon of simplicity. He leads a modest life in a middle-class home, emphasising the importance of remaining grounded. But his simplicity doesn’t mean austerity; he doesn’t hesitate when it comes to intellectual investments like purchasing books or diving into literature.

The Quest for Continuous Learning

One of the hallmarks of Murthy's leadership style is his emphasis on the pursuit of knowledge. He advocates for continuous learning, emphasising the importance of investment in training and facility development. Young talents find a mentor in him, as he has always prioritised nurturing the next generation.

In Murthy’s own words, “I believe that we have all at some time eaten the fruit from trees that we did not plant. In the fullness of time, when it is our turn to give, it behoves us in turn to plant gardens that we may never eat the fruit of, which will largely benefit generations to come.” This powerful quote captures the essence of his legacy – one of giving, learning, and leading by example.

(Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)

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First Published: 31 Aug 2023, 06:34 PM IST