Words of inspiration from top leaders
There’s a big difference between a boss and a leader.
Some of the world’s major business leaders share their thoughts on what sets a leader apart from a boss.
“I always did something I was not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”
Marissa Mayer, CEO – Yahoo!
“Leadership and culture aren’t about being the boss or being in control; they are about creating shared visions and goals, and then inspiring, empowering and influencing others to achieve more than they ever thought possible.”
Gary Brooks, CMO – Urjanet
“Teaching your employees something new creates an instant connection, and they will respect you for it. If you can do this in a job interview, you will be sure to attract the smartest people. Money doesn’t mean much to a lot of the smartest people in the world—they want to grow their intelligence rather than their wallet. If you show employees that they will progress intellectually in their career, and economically while at your company, then they will want to work for you.”
Taso Du Val, CEO – Toptal
“For me, my role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that is maybe suppressed in most work environments.”
Tony Hsieh, CEO – Zappos
“I don’t think just trying to maximize profits is a very good long-term strategy for a business. It doesn’t inspire the people who work for you.”
John Mackey, CEO – Whole Foods
“You should choose organisations that are going to be flexible and supportive and recognise people are going through different stages in their careers actually need different sorts of support.”
Gail Kelly, former CEO – Westpac
“Surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are, then enable them and give them the tools to do what they do best. And that’s always the hardest thing. As you move higher and higher up, you cannot do everything and fix everything. You have to trust others, enable them and allow them to take risks.”
Sandra Fenwick, President and CEO – Boston Children’s Hospital
“Just because you are CEO, don’t think you have landed. You must continually increase your learning, the way you think, and the way you approach the organization. I’ve never forgotten that.”
Indra Nooyi, CEO – PepsiCO
‘Having a personality of caring about people is important. You cant be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.’