02 August, 2021

Business: J.R.D. Tata

Leaders raise the aspirations of their people to achieve what was previously thought impossible. In this, JRD was a true leader.

Jitender Gupta
Business: J.R.D. Tata
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J.R.D. Tata was a visionary far ahead of his time. An industry leader with a deep commitment to India's development, his pioneering efforts in combining nation-building with business growth were instrumental in conditioning the thinking of Indian businesses.

Leaders raise the aspirations of their people to achieve what was previously thought impossible. In this, JRD was a true leader. He headed the country's largest industrial empire whose destiny he guided for over half a century. Under his leadership, the Tata group's assets climbed from Rs 620 million in 1939 to over Rs 1,00,000 million in 1990. Over the years he helped establish many new enterprises—the number of Tata ventures grew from 13 to around 80, encompassing software, steel, power generation, engineering and hotels, among others.

JRD was among the first to realise that employees are among the most important resources in any organisation. He introduced employee-friendly measures such as the eight-hour working day, free medical aid and workers provident scheme. Many of these subsequently have been adopted...

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