Narendra Modi has an impression of being a hard task master and driving his team to the limit of their ability and then motivating them to achieve even beyond. So does Modi ever lose cool when the team fails to deliver? Is Modi a rude person?
A situation that arose on 31st August 2012 offers an interesting insight into how Modi approaches such situations. The occasion was the first ever Google Hangout by an Indian political leader. The global interest was so overwhelming that Google servers crashed just at the time of the broadcast and the live broadcast on Youtube could start only after a 45 minute delay. After the broadcast ended, the Google International Team was invited into Modi's office for a courtesy chat. Fearing a verbal lashing, given his reputation for perfection, and also given how the general perception is about Indian politicians in such situations, the team was pleasantly surprised to meet a smiling Modi who only engaged them in discussing their future plans and what technological upgrades may be required to avoid repeat of similar situations in future?
This is not just a one off anecdote. This essential nature of Modi - of one who never loses cool in even the most trying of circumstances - is a reputation that is been backed up by all those who have interacted with him. He is never rude in person. If a person or team fails to deliver, he advises them to use the opportunity to learn even from that experience and make detail plans and then implement them from the next time. As long as the attitude to learn is there, Modi will be on your side.