‘Powered by intellect, driven by values’-Infosys has been at the
forefront of a new India Inc. since 1981. Leadership @ Infosys is the
first book to codify Infosys’s unique history, values and leadership
practices that account for the firm’s stellar rise from $200 seed
capital to a multi-billion-dollar global enterprise.
As an extension of Infosys’s tradition of growing leaders
through a programme called Leaders Teach, the book captures the origins
of Infosys’s leadership approach and leverages advanced psychometrics
to identify current leaders who are exceptionally effective in
Infosys’s leadership model. These leaders share approaches that they
believe account for their successes, and are candid about where they
stumbled in the past to help junior leaders avoid their mistakes.
Chapters based on Infosys’s Leadership Journey Series include
discussions of strategic leadership, change leadership, operational
leadership. Talent leadership, content leadership and entrepreneurial
leadership by thought leaders in each area, and feature a
state-of-the-science review of leadership research along with practical
examples that leaders can use to improve their performance and aptitude
to take on increasing levels of responsibility. Leadership @ Infosys is
designed to help both Infosys leaders and Infosys customers and
admirers take their leadership to the next level.
Matt Barney, PhD is the vice-president and director of the
Infosys Leadership Institute. Dr. Barney is the seniormost Infosys
leaders responsible for the selection, development research and
succession of senior and high potential leaders worldwide. Previously,
he has held similar roles at Intel, AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Motorola
and Merck. He has published and presented papers and books in areas
including Lean Six Sigma, leadership development, psychometrics, human
capital, risk management and simulations. He is a Motorola Master Black
Belt and a certified risk manager by the Institute for Professional
Education. In 2007, he was awarded the distinction of ‘Future Leader’s
by Human Capital magazine.
As two of the seven founders who have led Infosys since 1981, we can
say that leading Infosys has been our life’s work. In the beginning, we
had dreams, shared values, complementary skills and the willingness to
subordinate individual preferences for the greater good of the company.
We have taken some measured risks along the way, and together we have
achieved greater things than any one of us could have by ourselves.
We’ve continually transformed our company through the decades as a
leadership team—and the pace of change has accelerated as well. Just
eleven years ago, in 1999, Infosys had only 3,000 employees, whereas
today we have over 122,000. Earlier we provided only technology, but
today we are a full service business solutions company.
We haven’t been perfect but we have successfully bounced back when we
were in error, and have learned from our mistakes. The marketplace will
continue to demand this sort of nimble adaptation to future challenges
of us if we are to realize our vision of sustaining Infosys for the
next 200 years. Effective leaders are essential if we are to continue
to successfully adapt Infosys to the future competitive landscape.
We believe our values are one element that will sustain Infosys into
the future. We’ve always led with our values. We decided right at the
outset that we would not be a family-owned company. We have refused to
do anything that would be less than honourable to our various
stakeholders. And because of our unwavering commitment to Infosys as a
single leadership team, Infosys has prospered. For us, leadership has
always meant that the company’s needs come first. We have always played
the role the company needed us to play, and subordinated our personal
preferences for the greater good.
From the beginning we strove for respect. In fact, the key phrase in
our vision statement was to become a ‘globally respected corporation’.
This meant that we would earn the respect of all stakeholders—
customers, employees, investors, governments and the society—every day,
in every transaction. Respecting, and being respected, is more
important to us than any amount of wealth—and more important to
sustaining Infosys in the long run.
A second key value we subscribe to at Infosys is ‘leadership by
example’. This means that leaders must follow the same rules and
policies as other employees, and that leaders must be completely
committed to Infosys and work harder than others. This is what creates
the moral authority to lead.
Third, a critical part of our approach is to inspire our people to go
beyond what they might think to be possible. We have spared no expense
in investing in our employees’ development, including building the
world’s largest corporate university in Mysore. To make sure our
learning investments pay off, we have role-modelled a culture of
learning, development and renewal at all levels, including the
mentoring we do with our seniormost leaders. Leadership development is
a critical ingredient required to sustain our long-term growth and
These are just a few examples of how we see leadership at Infosys. This
book will throw light on many more. We respectfully hope that this book
will be one resource that will fuel your development. By going into our
history, the latest science and ideas from our effective leaders we
hope to help employees, students, customers and other stakeholders take
their leadership to the next level.
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