Vijay Eswaran co-founded his company, QI Group, in 1998. Over the last 20 years he has successfully led this Hong Kong-based company has it has entered a number of different industries. He is also a writer and motivational speaker who has addressed audiences internationally. He writes and speaks about his philosophies regarding how to succeed in life in general as well as how to make the most of your career.
As a leader himself, Vijay Eswaran says that the mistake many people make about leadership is that they think it’s all about telling others what to do. That isn’t all correct, he says. Rather, leaders are servants to others. A real leader puts others before themselves and that is the true path to success. He calls this a servant leader and he says they are different than other types of leaders in five ways.
The first way a real leader is different, Eswaran says, is that they recognize that the people that make up the company are the true asset. He says that if you take care of your employees they will in turn take care of the customers. He also says that a servant leader has a clear vision of what he wants to accomplish and is able to effectively communicate this to their team. Read more: Five Minutes With Dr. Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies and Executive Chairman of QI Group Vijay Eswaran Talks Business and Philanthropy
Vijay Eswaran says that a servant leader has core values and imparts these onto their businesses. The most common values a leader like this has are compassion, honesty and true acceptance of others. Servant leaders are also strongly committed to the growth of the individuals that make up their team.
They want them to grow both professionally and personally. Finally, he says that a servant leader is willing to sacrifice everything they have so that the enterprise they are leading is able to succeed. He says that success always has a price to it and a servant leader accepts this.
As the executive chairman of his company, Vijay Eswaran has spent his professional career as a servant leader. When speaking and writing about his vision of a servant leader he encourages others to take this path when leading others.