Mumbai sources reported that Veteran industry leader Ratan Tata said it takes long to really understand a business leader, even though there can be an immediate admiration. Accordingly Tata, who emitted office as the executive chairman of the over USD 100 billion conglomerate in 2012, said he does not intend to join politics.
When answering a specific question on qualities he looks while choosing a candidate to run one of the companies, Tata said initially, there is a scope for generating admiration for someone but one gets to know the individual only after working with the person. He said "It takes a long time for you to really know the person you are working with". Reportedly Tata had to briefly come back as the head of the Tata group in 2016 after the surprise dismissal of his successor Cyrus Mistry by the Tata Sons board for loss of confidence, till the appointment of N Chandrasekaran a few months later.
Moreover among the over 100 companies in the group, Tata picked up the automobile business as his favorite. Tata said comfort and cleanliness, quality of service and attention to detail without being obtrusive are his pet peeves while staying in a hotel and even sheepishly admitted to nicking personal care products from hotel rooms.