Dr. Vijay Eswaran defines success as entwined with difficulties like light and shadows. The Malaysian business tycoon embraces hurdles. To him, achievements and failings are both portions of the equivalent track for growth — personally and professionally.
Dr. Vijay Eswaran spoke recently with Entrepreneur Magazine about the latest project consuming his time and other topics around leadership and leadership style.
“I am thrilled about our University in Malaysia,” he said. The initial group of students graduates soon and the event marks a significant breakthrough. “We plan to establish a QI City which will incorporate our new campus, residential blocks and a teaching hospital,” he added.
Eventually, the complex will include a plaza, shopping center and hostels for students. “My hope is to have an environmentally friendly campus, pollution free and use only electric carts for transportation,” Dr. Eswaran said.
Dr. Eswaran points to his father as instilling a vital leadership lesson as he was raised — ‘Service Above Self.’
“That’s the instruction I share with my partners. We manage an international firm but maintain the spirit of an undersized company which remembers its beginnings,” Dr. Eswaran added. “I always remember our origins and make a point to emphasize this to our employees.”
One of multiple lessons Dr. Eswaran learned in his journey was it’s not businesses which succeed, but rather the individuals in them. The importance for Dr. Eswaran changed from the usual, academic approach to identifying and attracting people who shared the same mission. “The basic characteristics I seek are attributes like boldness, confidence, integrity and faith — all blended with the capacity to work hard,” Dr. Eswaran said.
Dr. Eswaran likens shaping business to a trained sports club. “To succeed, we put together the very best professionals, guide them and provide specific strategies and outperform our competitors,” Dr. Eswaran said.
Dr. Eswaran has three words to describe a successful entrepreneur. Inquisitive, intense and intuitive. Likening those three words to a milking stool, Dr. Eswaran points out, “If any one leg is missing, the whole thing collapses.”
Dr. Eswaran finds his motivation from the persons his various businesses have touched. “I determined early to regularly communicate with our clients and hear their stories. It’s their stories that motivate me and keeps me going,” said Dr. Eswaran in closing.