The timeless truth of iconic leaders

Leaders today face an evolutionary challenge that they must embrace to not just survive, but thrive
The timeless truth of iconic leaders

The events of the past few years have caused leaders to embark on a precipitous and often delicate high-wire act that sees them seeking to drive growth while carefully balancing multiple other considerations. Supply chain disruptions, inflationary pressures, and shifts in the talent landscape and nature of work are just some of the pressures leaders and organisations have to tackle. Now, perhaps more than ever, leaders need to juggle all of this while being ready to pivot as circumstances change. To say it is a daunting and almost thankless challenge would be an understatement.

Even so, companies and leaders cannot settle for simply moving the needle forward in an incremental manner. They must instead look to orchestrate transformational performance transformation level, and the challenge for setting this tone often falls upon the organisational leader as a talisman of growth.

But even as uncertainty looms large, there are opportunities to be unearthed too closer to home. Industries and sectors that might have previously flown under the radar now start to grab the spotlight, offering growth opportunities for savvy leaders and organisations to chart a growth roadmap that might have been previously unforeseen. Indeed, even as a slowdown has hamstrung economies the world over, the India growth story remains strong, with the country on track to become the world’s third-largest economy by 2027, surpassing Japan and Germany. India is already the fastest-growing economy in the world, having clocked 5.5% average GDP growth over the past decade.

Inevitably, the eyes of industries and organisations the world over then turn to India as a once-in-a-generation opportunity starts to take shape.

Inspired leadership: The need of the hour

Ideas are often the spark for something bigger, but perhaps more important than simply having the spark of inspiration is a fuller understanding of how to create a pathway to impact. Implementing a great idea is the real challenge at hand, even more so in times of disruption, and a few select leaders epitomise this wave of change best. By assessing, architecting, and advancing the idea of growth of change, these are leaders that stand differentiated, and their feats have seen them earn their place in a select cross-section known as the Business Icons of India 2023.

This unique initiative has been shaped by insights gleaned from an industry-wide consumer study conducted by LeadCap Ventures, with brands appraised on the following parameters:

●        Vision & Mission

●        Adaptability

●        Innovative Thinking

●        Peer Network Influence

●        Employee Engagement

●        Organisational Performance

●        Stakeholder Reviews

●        Leadership Capabilities

●        Personal Imagery And Perception

●        Future Outlook

Now in its second edition, this one-of-a-kind platform recognises trailblazers that put big ideas into practice, tasting grand success in the process. The counterintuitive nature of the truths and strategies they embraced to great effect demonstrate how leaders can capture the full value at stake. By looking beyond the popular growth mindsets, they have used unconventional growth levers to pursue holistic growth. Their successful implementation of breakthrough ideas will see them felicitated in a glittering on-ground ceremony in Mumbai on March 24th.

With a line-up of industry experts and seasoned veterans, the audience can look forward to a litany of ideas and insights from across industries, journeys of start-up founders and discussions on leadership during crises and, importance of empathy for leaders.

The power-packed speaker line-up includes:

●        Amit Chopra, Managing Director India and South Asia, Thermo Fisher Scientific

●        Amit Gossain, Managing Director, KONE Elevator India

●        Ashok Ramachandran, President, Schindler

●        Dinesh Aggarwal, CEO, RR Kabel

●        Girish Kousgi, Managing Director and CEO, PNB Housing Finance

●        Kanika Tekriwal, CEO & Founder, JetSetGo Aviation

●        Manpreet Singh, Chief Digital Officer, PwC India

●        Shivam Puri, CEO, Cipla Health

Speaking ahead of the event, Sharad Gupta, Co-Founder & COO, Team Marksmen Network said, “It goes without saying that charting a course to a higher growth trajectory needs a skilled captain at the helm. One who ensures the tailwinds in play are fully leveraged, while course correcting or adjusting for environmental anomalies, as the case may be. In high-growth or lean periods, the criticality of strong leadership cannot be underestimated or stated strongly enough. The Business Icons of India 2023 are an example of the growth trajectory that can be charted even amid headwinds, and we hope others draw inspiration from their successes.”

The many hats a modern leader must wear - that of a visionary, a growth architect, a coach, or a catalyst - make them a critical driving force for good. We hope the feats of these iconic leaders serve as markers for what companies need to do to confidently navigate towards, and conquer, the next frontier of growth.

To know more about this landmark initiative, write to us at

About Team Marksmen

Team Marksmen’s mission is to bring knowledge communities to life, and help business leaders from across sectors navigate the contours of a changing world order. This is achieved through an array of bespoke industry-centric knowledge platforms, using a variety of formats, such as Roundtables, Summits & Conferences, Workshops, and Recognition Ceremonies. In this way, we help senior industry decision makers navigate through issues of critical importance and inform their world-view for better decision-making.


We engage with leading thinkers from across industries on the most pressing issues facing organisations, governments, and society, and disseminate these learnings through insight-forward, thought-provoking content pieces on our daily news and insights website,, and our quarterly business & lifestyle magazine, in Focus.

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