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CEO builds the factory, not the product

(Excerpt from Lazy Leadership by Andrew Wilkinson) Henry Ford didn’t build cars, he built factories. To me, a great leader’s job is to build a machine that produces a product. It’s not about doing the work itself....

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Lead with optimism

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) Pessimism leads to paranoia, which leads to defensiveness, which leads to risk aversion. Optimism sets a different machine in motion. Especially in difficult...

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Be democratic or autocratic at appropriate times

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) It’s a tricky thing, moving people over to your side and enlisting their enthusiastic engagement. Sometimes it’s worth talking through their reservations and...

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Don’t let ambition distract you from the job at hand

(Excerpt from The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger) I’ve been asked a lot over the years about the best way to nurture ambition—both one’s own and that of the people you manage. As a leader, you should want those...

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Leaders must first believe

(Excerpt from Extreme Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin) In order to convince and inspire others to follow and accomplish a mission, a leader must be a true believer in the mission. Even when others doubt...

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The gap between your dreams and reality, and the path to take

(Extracted from Whatever It Takes by Stephen Schwarzman) Every entrepreneur knows the feeling: that moment of despair when the only thing you are aware of is the giant gap between where you find yourself and the life...

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Leadership is about genuinely having people’s interest at heart

(Extracted from Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World) When campaigning, no one has to listen to you at all. And when the campaign is over, people have to believe...

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Don’t let foolish words affect you

(Extracted from Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World) I do not take anything all that seriously. If I did, I would be quite a sick man. A number of foolish things...

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Introverted or Extroverted Leader

(Extracted from Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker) Whether an introvert or an extrovert is the better leader depends on whom they are leading. When employees are passive, the social, energetic extroverts...

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Filtered and Unfiltered leaders: Which one are you?

(Extracted from Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker) Gautam Mukunda speculated that the reason for the inconsistency in the research was there are actually two fundamentally different types of leaders. The...

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