Notes on: Wisdom for a Young CEO

Wisdom for a Young Ceo: Incredible Letters and Inspiring Advice from Today\'s Business Leaders

  • Only by being conscious of employees’ needs and challenges, and serving them, will the leader in turn earn their people’s respect.
  • It’s clear that it is the average workers and not the higher-up executives that make an organization prosper or fail.
  • Leaders do not need to be visionaries – those who can see into and predict the future. But they do have to have [and communicate] a vision – a plan for the future prosperity and ultimate destiny of their company.
  • Envy is ignorance; immitation is suicide
  • The people you lead want to know where they are going. You need to communicate a vision that is clear, compelling, credible, challenging, and worth the effort.
  • A leader’s job is to clarify and simplify so that everyone understands what’s truly important.
  • Leaders work for their employees, not the other way around …. Ensure that they remain happy, inspired, and productive.
Nate Ritter lives in the Pacific Northwest (U.S.), popularized the #hashtag and creates web applications for a living. He also does miles and point hacking to enable cheap travel for his family. More here →

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