Malcolm Gladwell was born in Fareham, Hampshire, England on September 3, 1963. When he was six, his parents moved the family to Elmira, Ontario, Canada. His interest in reading and libraries began when his father, Graham, a mathematics professor, took him to his office at the University of Waterloo where he taught, allowing Malcolm to wander the university. Malcolm was a middle-distance runner in high school, winning the 1,500 meter title at the Ontario High School Championships in Kingston, Ontario. He interned at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C. in 1982.
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
– Kenneth Hartley Blanchard
John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized expert on the principles of leadership. The founder of EQUIP, the John Maxwell Company, and the author of numerous books that have sold more than 19 million copies, John has spoken to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and provided leadership training to the National Football League, the United Nations, and the Military Academy at West Point.
"Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality." -Peter Drucker
Background and Challenges:
- Sam Walton was born on March 29, 1918 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma to Thomas and Nancy Lee Walton.
- His parents were farmers until around 1923. Due to the Great Depression, his father gave up farming to go into the farm mortgage business.
"Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."
–Charles Monroe Schultz
Background and Challenges
• Walt Disney was interested in art and drawing at an early age. At the age of 7, he sold small sketches and drawings to nearby neighbors.
• After he had returned from driving ambulances for the Red Cross in France during World War I, he pursued a career in commercial art with the production of short hand-drawn animated films for local businesses.
"The effect of one upright individual is incalculable." -Oscar Arias
"When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally" -Lao-Tzu
- Born October 24, 1932 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Grandson of Stephen Mack Covey, founder of Little America.
- Earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in business administration from the University of
How Nelson Mandela Change A Nation And What We Can Learn From Him About Change Management?
“Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence, yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.” –Robert F. Kennedy
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning." –Bill Gates
Lesson on leadership from Jack Welch.
Becoming a great communicator is a learned skill just like riding a bike is a learned skill. Like any skill you get better with practice.
“When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad because they'd do the same for you. “ Yogi Berra
- He was selected in the first round of the 1967 NBA draft and won two NBA titles throughout his 13 year career.