10 Leaders Who Think Different

The mavericks, the change-makers, the trailblazers. The winners of Forbes India Leadership Awards 2011

Published: Nov 4, 2011

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessonsof the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

—Warren G. Bennis. Teacher, best-selling author and former advisor to four American presidents.

These words resonated well with us when we started on our quest to find 10 exemplary stories of men and women who’ve had the vision and fortitude to change the world we live in. What is it about them that makes them such remarkable people? What is it about their character that makes leaders of them? What do they know that others don’t?

As you read through the pages that follow, you’ll notice there’s a common strand that binds all of them together. And Bennis, once again, explains it beautifully. “There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.”

The winners on their challenges and their journey

1. V.G. Siddhartha: Everybody Said It Wouldn't Work

2. Rahul Bhatia: We Stuck To The Fundamentals

3. Shanker Annaswamy: People Leadership is Important 

4. B.P. Rao: On Maintaining The Growth Momentum  

5. Rajiv Bajaj: Being Original to Succeed

6. Vinita Bali: No Looking Back  

7. N.R.N. Murthy: Margins Better Than Revenues 

8. Tata Steel: An Unbeaten Track Record

9. Manish Sabharwal: Messenger More Important Than The Process

10. Ratan Tata: The Decisions Are His Own  

(This story appears in the 04 November, 2011 issue of Forbes India. You can buy our tablet version from Magzter.com. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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