Be a source of energy for others: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellas lesson for the youth of India

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 1 2014, 01:21am hrs
Satya NadellaUnion Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani speaks as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella looks on at Talent India 2014 Conference in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)
"The energy that you create around you is going to be the most important attribute you bring to others," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told a hall full of students, and thousands more who were listening in on a live stream, on the second day of his first visit to India after taking over one of the largest tech corporations in the world.

"I do believe in the long run EQ (emotional quotient) does trump IQ (intelligence quotient). For without the ability to be a source of energy for the others very little can be accomplished," he said, sharing his life's learning with the youth of India at an event also attended by Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani.

Nadella was also nostalgic, remembering the time he spent in Delhi as a child. He said it was a lecture by Nobel price winner Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar he heard in the city that inspired him the most then.

Calling it the most nervous speech of this trip, Nadella said: "The energy is palpable, the optimism is palpable, the confidence is here to be seen... I have been able to get that sense." He told the students that the opportunity in front of them was unparalleled. "It really comes down to the ingenuity of the human capital in this country in terms of what it is that you are going to shape and change." He said it is no longer one field of engineering as most of the most of the opportunity and change was being created by people from diverse backgrounds coming together to innovate. "It is this multidisciplinary approach to innovation that is going to shape and change what you will do and create," he told the students to thunderous applause.

Nadella said we are going through a massive technological shift, "a mobile-first, cloud-first world". "But it is not the device that is mobile, it is you who is mobile," he added.

Also stressing the need to be an academic throughout, he said the constant quest to learn has shaped him the most in his journey. He summed it up by saying that you have to fall in love with your work and find meaning in what you do. Nadella quoted Mahatma Gandhi to drive this message in: "Live everyday as if it is your last day and learn as if you will live for ever."