Capt. Raghu Raman, Founding CEO, Natgrid
Capt. Raghu Raman has operated in distinctively different environments of leadership. The authoritarian style within the Armed Forces, an incentive-driven style predominant in corporates such as Mahindra and Reliance Industries, and the procedure-driven, bureaucratic style in the government.
Captain Raghu Raman is a widely known keynote speaker and an eminent corporate leader. Today on The Brand Called You, Raghu shares some exclusive details about his time in the Indian Army and shares the story of his successful transition from army to the private sector.
Raghu is the ex-President of Reliance Industries, Founding CEO of NATGRID, Author of a Bestseller, and much more. He operated in distinctively different environments of leadership and today he shares all those experiences in this interview with Ashutosh Garg.
Raghu talks about his stint with Mahindra right after the Army. He shares how his peers and mentors made this transition successful and peaceful. He tells us about the leadership skills he generated after coming into the corporate world. He distinguishes the leadership skills used in the Indian Army vs Private Sector.
He shares how the army’s operating system is a hierarchical one which is much different from a corporate workplace. He explains that the army troops watch their leaders 24/7 and hence the leaders must be 100% truthful and transparent about what they truly are and walk the talk for the troops to respect them. He shares how being vulnerable about your shortcomings can be beneficial for one to be a great leader.
Raghu has gotten intense exposure to working in large enterprises, he has been a strategic advisor to both global and national leaders. He shares his leadership style in the interview and shares how startups are his calling.
Also an author of a bestselling book, “Everyman’s War” shares the story behind it for our viewers.
Tune in to this interview to know more!
(Founding CEO NATGRID, Ex-President Reliance Industries, Distinguished Fellow ORF & Author)
Raghu Raman’s unique career profile has enabled him to learn, practice, and teach the first principles of organizational dynamics, strategy, transformations, and the mindset shift that is needed to lead in a complex and ever-changing world.
He has operated in distinctively different environments of leadership. The authoritarian style within the Armed Forces, an incentive-driven style predominant in corporates such as Mahindra and Reliance Industries, and the procedure-driven, bureaucratic style in the government. He has founded and led companies as well as complex global JVs. Raghu has also raised a new hybrid organization within the Government – which had personnel from the government and private sector working together, towards a common mission.
Raghu’s intense exposure to working in large enterprises means he understands what it takes to bring about transformations. His concepts, writings, and sessions on the subjects of leadership, strategy, and entrepreneurship are sought after to trigger thought leadership and influence doctrine shaping. He has been a strategic advisor to both national and global level leaders.
Capt Raman has a strong presence in leading publications and platforms like TEDx and Josh as well as media – Hindustan Times, Mint, People Matters, Wired, and Indian Express. His talks have been watched over ten million times and used in several leadership forums as case studies.
Raghu is associated with business schools & Govt Institutions including the Indian School of Business, Duke Corporate Education, National Defence College, Army War College, and Indian Institute of Public Administration.
A well-sought after speaker, he has delivered keynotes, sessions, and workshops for global audiences in India, UAE, and Singapore.
Raghu is the author of the bestseller ‘Everyman’s War’ which has been endorsed by business and government leaders alike.