Satya Narayana Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft is probably the most liked one in India. Part of this affection lies on the plinth of chauvinism stoked into the people and because almost everyone would consider his words as a few words of wisdom.
Mr.Nadella once said that he “always wanted to build things”. The ingenious lesson within the phrase is to be an innovator. The greater is your responsibility, the more has to be the inculcation of innovative ideas within your work. Quite evidently, his words speak a lot more than actually interpreted by the listeners.
After Satya became the CEO of Microsoft, part of his first mail to the employees of microsoft included the following text :
“I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.”
This clearly etches out that learning is the curator of a prospering brain. Contemplation, research and dialectical analysis result into a better idea and whet the thought process.
The affability would not have been rising exponentially, had the CEO not shown respect and an embracing nature towards Microsoft’s rivals through his campaigns like Microsoft loves Linux. The showcasing of microsoft apps on an iphone by the CEO is more modest an attitude, than would have been an overstatement of their own company and the confinement of their services to a windows phone.
His hobbies include poetry and watching cricket. To put it in other words, he did not give up his hobbies in pursuance of his job or other responsibilities. Both form a complementary set of values that contribute towards the making of a better human. Nadella in one of his works, equated poetry to coding. As per the CEO “the best code is poetry.”
Quest is a spirit which may wane when exposed to competition. Most of us tend to be influenced and often demoralised by competition which is borne out of noticing that others are more capable and hardworking. Though, the CEO certainly refused to be influenced by any such thoughts, he redefined many norms and ascended to the top. He is a silver lining to all those who aspire to rise.
For each age group of people, Nadella has a different quality to confer. To the young he is an innovator, to the middle aged he is an achiever and the old would view him as a passionate pursuer of his hobbies. In justification of the above, he could be India’s most loved CEO. However, let’s avoid an attempt to give him any such title and let time decide the actual CEO whom India loves the most.