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The marathoner chairman: How N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons walks the wellness talk

Nov 26 2018 • Written by Team Fitgenix

~ Smriti Jha

We know the importance of role models in the lives of children. What about having one for your employees? How important is it that the executive leadership in your organisation engage in the healthy behaviors you are trying to promote?


In a series of articles, we will share the evidence of the transformative impact of such leaders on their employees and their respective organisations starting with N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons.


The marathoner chairman




Being the Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the diversified Tata conglomerate, one can be assured of having an unpredictable work schedule, conflicting responsibilities, too much travel, and late hours: all ingredients to wreak havoc on your body.


However, for N. Chandrasekaran, Chairman, Tata Sons the passion for running did not diminish after he stepped into the corner office at Bombay House-the Tata Sons headquarters. On the contrary, he seems to be hitting the tracks with renewed enthusiasm and passion.


Chandrasekaran or Chandra as he is fondly known started running in 2007 to improve his fitness levels and has never stopped since then. A family history of diabetes led him to consider running as a means to a healthy lifestyle.


What started as a daily 5 am run, became a passion that Chandra transmitted with stunning effect to his staff. Today, over 70,000 of TCS employees run regularly at open Marathons, many of them sponsored by TCS worldwide. As a leader, Chandra successfully developed a culture of wellness at the workplace.


“Running opens the windows of my mind. You may call me a long distance thinker,” Chandra had said soon after completing the Amsterdam Marathon in 2015.


In an interview with, Chandra said that running has also helped him become a better listener. It also calms him and gives him time to reflect on issues. He takes running very seriously, and begins training months in advance of a marathon.

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