Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian businessman who is the CEO of QI group of companies headquartered in Hong Kong. He is a man who is famous for the philosophy that has led him to the success he now enjoys.
Mr. Eswaran believes that leadership is less about telling people what to do and more about knowing how to serve. He describes this as Servant Leadership. In its simplest form, it is just the concept of service about self. Mr. Eswaran thanks his father for the inspiration of this philosophy in his early life.
Being a true servant leader means that you must put the needs of others above your own. Particularly when this is in service of a larger purpose. Growing up heavily influenced by famous teachers such as Gandhi and Nelson Mandela Mr. Eswaran found these ordinary people became true leaders when they found their purpose in serving others.
There are a total of five traits that separate servant leaders from the rest of leaders. Chief among them is caring. Mr. Vijay Eswaran believes that an organization is not defined by its product but by the people who work for it. By caring for their employees a servant leader ensures that his employees will care for their customers.
Having a clear vision of the future is of paramount importance in servant leadership. Once your team understands and sees what they are doing it becomes much easier to actually accomplish that vision.
Core values are necessary to have as they serve as guiding principles in all aspects of life not just the world of business.
A true commitment to growth is also fundamentally important for the servant leader. Mr. Eswaran believes the biggest investment you can make is one in yourself. Servant leaders help their employees become the best versions of themselves so they can best serve the company.
Perhaps most important of all is the Will to Sacrifice. Throughout history, very few servant leaders ever made the conscious decision to lead but were rather thrown into the role. They were the individuals who were most prepared to sacrifice everything for the greater good.
Mr. Eswaran believes that it is this style of leadership that has allowed him and many others the level of success they now enjoy.