Being Boring : The reason behind Sundar Pichai’s Success

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Sidhartha Sankar Nanda, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


As many of us would be aware of, formerly Google’s product chief , Pichai became Google’s CEO in 2015, after the company reorganized its management structure.

Bringing in a brief about Sundar Pichai’s life history, Sundar Pichai is from a middle class family of Chennai. He completed his B-Tech from IIT Kharagpur in Metallurgy, he did his MS from Stanford. Further, he completed his MBA from Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. He received many prestigious recognitions as a student. He got his first job as an engineer at Applied Materials followed by a short stint as as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. He joined Google in 2004 as a Sr Vice President – Product Management.

  1. Based on a recent buzzfeed profile which paints a picture of Pichai as an even-keeled, relatively predictable kind of guy, it is surprising to find that, as the online portal puts it, Pichai is a “kind of boring best-for-the-company man”. In a recent interview, he has revealed that drawing less attention to himself is the brilliant management strategy Google’s new CEO used to become a powerful executive. Mr Pichai is a team player and is known to walk the extra mile to get things done. He is ground to earth and a perfect Boss. Success is determined by Passion and the desire to push one’s limit. It’s all about coming out of one’s comfort zone and play hard. There is no shortcut to success and Mr. Pichai proves it.


In fact research suggests that , contrary to popular belief, boringness is a key trait of effective leaders. Being boring is really about being emotionally mature, which means being emotionally stable, agreeable, and conscientious. Meanwhile an analysis by Google has revealed that the best leaders are predictable and consistent. Most successful leaders don’t necessarily exude charisma.

The Bottom line is, research suggests that leaders who stay out of the spotlight are the ones who lead their companies to greatness.


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