Vijay Eswaran, Shaping The World Through Unique Leadership Philosophies
While most of his fellow business tycoons focus on amassing more wealth, Vijay Eswaran the co-founder and executive chairman of IQ group of companies takes a different approach in leadership by emphasizing on spirituality.
Born in Penang Malaysia back in the 1960’s Vijay Eswaran as his names suggest, is of Hindu origin. His mother worked with the Malaysian ministry of labor a factor that contributed to him and his family moving a lot hence he enjoyed the privilege of living in different parts of Asia. However, even with all the movement, Vijay’s mother did not let her job interfere with her kids’ education and ensured that they went to the best schools.
On the other hand, Vijay’s determination to build a future for himself and not rely on his parent’s handouts is what pushed him to do better. He attended the London School of Economics where he received his social economic degree. However, his life has not been a smooth ride because afterward, he had to live off odd jobs such as being a cab driver, working in a grape plantation and even once worked at a construction site in Belgium. Nevertheless, he did not allow these challenges to define him and in fact he appreciates them and states that they are what makes his success sweet as he has had to work his way up.
Two years later after his graduation from London’s school of economics and after the odd jobs, Vijay moved to the UK where he was introduced to the world of binary system marketing and that is when his success began taking shape.
Vijay is known for being an advocate of education and his life is sufficient proof of this because, after his introduction into the world of binary system marketing, he enrolled for CIMA to improve his proficiency in this area. He later attended the Southern Illinois University where received an MBA in the same. All this time he did not use his studies as an excuse not to work because he was working for Synaptics and was also heavily involved in multi-level marketing during his free time.
He later moved back to Malaysia where thanks to his rich resume, he was approached by the Cosway group and sent to the Philippines to manage its new branch. It is during this time that he used his previously earned skills in Multi-level marketing to steer the business to greater heights. Vijay, however, is not the one to get comfort at little success and as soon as he got back from the Philippines, he helped establish the QI group which today boasts tremendous success thanks to an incredible leadership panel which is led by Vijay. The QI group invests in a long string of areas such as travel, media, luxury products, telecommunications, wellness and a few other areas in which it has made a name for itself.
His extraordinary leadership and life philosophies
It is through his unique leadership philosophies that the QI group has achieved significant milestones. For instance, Vijay Eswaran is a strong believer that a leader can only be successful if he offers service above self. In other words, he believes that for any leader to be successful he needs to be selfless by putting the needs of others ahead of his own.
In respect to this, Vijay gives examples of selfless leaders whom he looks up to for inspiration such as Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela who despite the challenges they faced still served their people well. Vijay Eswaran also voices the essence of waking up every morning like you are on a mission by saying that time is not something we have and as such everyone should reach their potential when they can because tomorrow is not promised.
Additionally, Vijay leads by advising all his juniors to be quick and flexible in responding to changes because they are inevitable and also when taken positively they can lead to success. These are just but a few of his life philosophies which he shares to the world and new generation of leaders through various books such as the sound of silence, two minutes from the abyss and a long list of other publications which he has authored.