Vijay is the brain behind the multi-million conglomerate, QI Group. When asked about his leadership style, the shrewd entrepreneur posited that his father taught him crucial lessons when he was growing up. One of them is “Service above Self.” According to Eswaran, he instills this lesson to his team.
Vijay Eswaran asserts that they run a global company, but they strive to maintain the soul of a small entity that is in sync with its humble beginning. The executive reminds himself of this mantra and continues to restate the same to his employees.
Vijay says that one of the lessons that has remained in his heart as an entrepreneur is that it is not corporations that succeed, but the employees of such institutions. To this end, Eswaran posits that he changed his universal academic approach of drafting business plans, having skills set and capital.
Today, he seeks to identify, recognize and attract like-minded individuals. When he was questioned on the traits that he looks for in an employee, Vijay said that he focuses on unquantifiable attributes such as the ability to work hard, determination, daring, trust, loyalty and sincerity.
Vijay posits that businesses can be designed in an effective manner if individuals remember that they have the same abilities as professional sports teams.
He believes that for a team to win, one will require to source for the best players, put more efforts in the training field, devise winning strategies and outdo the opponents. Eswaran goes on to state that such a team will need to improve their knowledge and skills for the game continuously.
The executive contends that a company may have everything that makes them function. However, without the ideal employees, such an entity will not be successful. Vijay asserts that the success of all the subsidiaries of QI group is anchored on recruiting the ideal employees having the right mindset and attitude. They train these employees and grow them with the objective of enabling them to take ownership of the company.
QI Group was incorporated in 1998. Under the transformative leadership of Vijay, the conglomerate has been able to expand its services to many countries. The company has four regional offices, which are based in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
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