Leading in business means that you have a vision. It means you’re willing to innovate. It also means that you’re willing to stand up to your critics who are trying to tear you down so that you stay committed to the goals that have been set. You’re willing to change a course when it makes sense. These 6 leaders are the epitome of what this means in the modern world.
1. Steve Jobs
Jobs was the leader of Apple and his focus on innovation was so in-depth that it was sometimes described as a fantasy world. He inspired others because he was willing to take good ideas from anywhere. He was also willing to admit when he made a mistake. What was the biggest mistake that Jobs made? He believed that apps would never be something that people would want. Now there are tens of billions of downloads every year and it is ever growing.
2. Warren Buffet
Buffet might be considered the most successful investor of his generation, but he is also listed as one of the world’s wealthiest people consistently as well. He motivates through his own actions and lives a very frugal life. He has committed to giving away all but 1% of his total wealth to philanthropic causes so that everyone can benefit.
3. Bill Gates
Gates had a lot of success with the creation of Microsoft. He is a computer programmer despite being a college dropout at Harvard and is also one of the wealthiest people in the world. He was one of the leaders of the PC revolution and although he is often criticized for being anti-competitive in business, the work, his influence is felt in the computer or mobile device you’re using to read this.
4. Ginni Rometty
Rometty is the current CEO of IBM and is the first woman to head the company. She worked her way up through the sales department for the company and has been one of the 50 most powerful women in business for 8 consecutive years. She has served on the boards of several major companies over the years and is credited with getting IBM into the cloud computing arena.
5. Pope Francis
Although some might not see the Catholic church as a business, when a bank is dedicated to distributing the profits of the religious institution and the entity is one of the biggest owners of real estate around the world, it’s hard to deny the business aspects of the religion. What Francis has done is bring back the humble nature of leadership back to the forefront of society. He has washed the feet of Muslim prisoners, drives a Ford Focus, and refuses to live in papal luxury. His most famous quote just might be this: “Who am I to judge?”
6. Alan Mullaly
Ford was the only American automaker who didn’t have to rely on a government bailout or a bankruptcy to save the company. In the last year, Ford was able to make over $7.2 billion in pure profit. Unlike some other companies, however, those profits were shared with the workers. Every UAW worker received a $8,800 bonus.