The Single Most Important Attribute of Leadership According to this Famous CEO

Source : Inc

By John Eades

There are many successful CEOs we can learn from. Take Eric Schmidt growing Google, Howard Schultz scaling Starbucks, Bill McDermott taking SAP to the Cloud, and Jeff Bezos changing the world with Amazon. All of these leaders are incredible, but none of them surpass what Jack Welch did at GE. During his tenure, Welch was able to increase GE’s company value by 4,000 percent. You could make an argument that this impact was one of the greatest achievements in the history of CEOs.

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Here is where it gets interesting. Welch is considered by most to be ruthless and a results-driven leader. So much so, he was nicknamed “Neutron Jack” because of his aggressive firing policy in the mid 80’s (known as the “vitality curve”).

While the majority of organizations no longer use the “vitality curve” method, organizational leaders have learned from and implemented strategies from Welch’s experience. Not long ago, I learned something I never thought I would hear coming from Jack Welch.

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