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RAHIL ANSARI Head, Audi In­dia

Business Today - - THE BREAKOUT ZONE -

Q. The big­gest chal­lenge you faced in your ca­reer

A. When I was of­fered the po­si­tion, the com­pany wanted some­one of In­dian ori­gin who has been here, who knows the psy­che of In­dian buy­ers and un­der­stands the cul­ture. As I started work­ing in In­dia, I re­alised that the brand would face a lot of chal­lenges here. So, we went back to the draw­ing board to re­de­fine our strat­egy. We had a prof­itable growth of 2 per cent in 2017, but we need to do more to bring the brand back to a lead­ing po­si­tion.

Q. Your best teacher in busi­ness

A. My mother, who has now re­tired, was very en­tre­pre­neur­ial in all she did, es­pe­cially when she ran her tea busi­ness. It is very im­por­tant in an or­gan­i­sa­tion like ours. Act as if it is your own busi­ness – that is the phi­los­o­phy. I also ad­mire Aman­cio Ortega, the founder of In­di­tex Group with brands such as Zara. He is a self-made bil­lion­aire who left school at 14 to sup­port his fam­ily. Peo­ple who work hard al­ways in­spire me.

Q. One man­age­ment les­son for young peo­ple

A. Even if you are go­ing through dif­fi­cult times, work hard and never give up. That is the way to re­alise your vi­sion. Self-ini­tia­tive is the key to make changes hap­pen.

Q. Two es­sen­tial qual­i­ties a leader must have

A. Em­power the team and trust their abil­i­ties to get things done. Also, a leader has to be pas­sion­ate about his work and be a role model.

“WORK HARD AND NEVER GIVE UP. THAT IS THE WAY TO RE­ALISE YOUR VI­SION.

SELF- INI­TIA­TIVE IS THE KEY TO MAKE CHANGES HAP­PEN.”

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