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Sundararajan Pichai, CEO, Google

Leadership Insights Breaking the comfort zone!

Dec 4, 2017

"When you’re trying to run something at the scale of google, you rely on other strong leaders. I have an outstanding leadership team. It’s a learning to let go and really empowering people at all levels of the organisation, and trusting them to doing the right thing." — Sundararajan Pichai, CEO, Google

One of the most prominent technology giants across the global industry today, Sundararajan Pichai’s meteoritic rise focuses on his potential to foster exceptional products and roadmap a remarkable leadership style. An engineering graduate from the IITKharagpur, the Google CEO has been a huge fan of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar ever since his college days.

Formerly Google’s product chief, Pichai became the CEO in 2015, after the company re-modeled its management structure .While always fascinated with computers, to helm challenging projects and at the same time build a strong team is what the Chennai native’s leadership mantra all about. With a steady motto of building organisations where people essentially wish to work together, as a leader, Pichai has constantly entailed on trusting his team and teammates. For him, it has always been less about trying to be successful himself, and more about making people successful in his team!

However, not many know but Pichai’s proposal of the Chrome browser way back in 2009 was not well-received at the given time. At the same time, failure to him had also been absolutely nothing to worry about. That’s the reason the tech star has proudly metaphored failure as something to ‘wearing a badge of honour’. Although, now in-charge of one of the world’s most influential companies, his colleagues opine that Pichai is hardly the kind of emotionally volatile leader that one gets to often see in the Silicon Valley.

Speaking across several occasions in the Indian context, the mastermind believes that the country has the potential to be a ‘global player in the digital economy,’ with more and more people getting online for the first time, especially on inexpensive smartphones. He has been an ardent believer that the tag of an elite institute does not guarantee success always. For him, working with people whom you are insecured of makes you do more—it’s about breaking out the comfort zone!

Pichai has been responsible for the launch of the Android One programme in India and other emerging markets. He led the product management and innovation efforts for a suite of Google’s consumer products, including Google Toolbar, Chrome and Chrome OS. Very recently, the company has launched the Tez app across regional languages in India to lead India’s $500 bn digital payment industry by 2020. He is also batted for reducing the cost of entry-level smartphones to $30 and has expressed confidence that big, global software companies will start emerging from India in the next five to ten years.

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