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L&T Infotech chief Sanjay Jalona's mantra: If you can imagine, you will become

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Jalona advises the youngsters to always take the initiative and work very hard in order to become the leader they are destined to be. 

Sanjay Jalona, the chief executive officer of L&T Infotech, said that it was important for one to make the right choices in life and strive to be a good leader, even when the role is of a parent or of a spouse.
He advised the youngsters to always take the initiative and work very hard in order to become the leader they are destined to be.
Here's exactly what Jalona said on how he handles his work and life balance:
Q: How do you balance life when you have to handle work, family, your personal space, your own sanity and your hobbies? How do you balance it out? What is the big mantra there?
A: Few things, there is a lot written and a lot said about work-life balance, right? I don’t know whether it is the work-life balance. I think about it as choices that people make. You need to spend time everywhere but if you want to be a good leader, it helps you make a good dad. If you want to be a good husband, it helps you make a good leader. So definitely you need to draw a balance and make some choices in life.
But, my urge and nudge to the youngsters have always been-I have become what I have experienced in life, I was the first one to raise my hand even not knowing what I was raising the hand for, so you work very hard and there is time to make those choices in life all the time. If you can imagine, you will become.
Q: They say that humility is the one thing that keeps you going through tough times or even through success. What is it that gives you that kind of humility?
A: I think it has to be the parents. I come from a lower middle class home. The ordeals, the troubles and the ideals that were imbibed in us as two brothers when we were growing up ... we didn’t have much to go by but the parents spent all their savings in education. That is where you start your grounding exercise. So parents had a lot of influence.
Then as I said, wife has had a tremendous influence on where we are today and the friends, the people that I have worked with. One becomes based on the experiences that one have. There are many bright people but you come in contact with some wonderful people and there is something to learn from everyone and that has been good to us as well.
Q: We spoke about your journey till date, how did your life change personally when you took over as a CEO? How badly was your time affected with family then?
A: Obviously, the responsibility takes away a lot of time but it is not the quantity but the quality of time that is very important at times. Yes, it requires me to travel a lot more. There is a lot more public scrutiny of what we do.
Q: And you have to be that much more careful then?
A: You have to be that much more careful, the family has to be a little responsive to that as well but I have always managed to find time for family. Sometimes you get lucky. I got lucky more than 20 years back when we got married. My wife has been very patient. She has seen ups and downs and it is a humbling experience to come back after all the hubbub at work to just be grounded and sit peacefully at home. So it is all good.