Friday, May 2, 2014

What we can learn from some traits of 50 leaders (

  1. Saved the company without resorting to bankruptcy or bailouts
  2. Changed risk-averse, reality-denying, CYA (cover your ass) culture
  3. Hands-off style that gives managers wide leeway and incentivizes them like owners
  4. Three rules of success. The first? Surround yourself with good people. Over the years I’ve forgotten the other two.
  5. Highly demanding
  6. Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort
  7. Exhorted employees to think big and work for their dreams.
  8. Someone who sees beyond existing constraints to imagine novel solutions to once intractable problems.
  9. Get players working in harmony
  10. Empower the players by sometimes stepping back
  11. Care more about players than to win
  12. Undertake multiple missions
  13. Ability to group employees into small, self managing teams that choose their own managers, compete for internal talent, and can earn big bonuses.
  14. A low-ego leader with big dreams
  15. Still pushing (and pushing)
  16. Understood that he was not just selling a product, he was creating an experience.
  17. He saw value of offering medical insurance to all employees, even part-timers, and pursuing environmental and social projects that inspire employees and attract customers.
  18. Thinking different
  19. Stood up to resistance
  20. Fierce and outspoken defender (of beliefs and values)
  21. Persuasive
  22. Sees each meet as a new chance to change things up
  23. We can do better!
  24. Aggressively expanded (through acquisitions)
  25. Maintaining reputation as one of the most sought-after employers
  26. Infectious optimism, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
  27. Pursue a long impossibly audacious plan of consolidation—working with governments, powerful labor unions, and other constituencies to rewrite the rules of the game in tough times.