“The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” – Henry A. Kissinger
The Fortune magazine recently released its list of 50 great leaders (for the year 2015) from all walks of life. Here, we have listed some of the great business leaders of our times, from the 50-leaders list, who have achieved prominence through their leadership.
Tim Cook (Apple):
Tim Cook is doing a tremendous work as the successor of Steve Jobs. Cook has proved to be a strong leader and led Apple to garner revenue for almost $170.9 billion. He is paving innovative paths for the future with new advances like Apple’s inventory management techniques in supply chain management. With his inclination for innovation and candid manner, Cook has truly become a global role model.
Howard Schultz (Starbucks):
Howard Schultz is known for his gutsy manner and unconventional ideas. From encouraging conversations about races at his Starbucks stores to gay marriage, Schultz has done it all. He has proved that business and social issues are not mutually exclusive. Under his leadership, the stock returns of Starbucks have increased by 30% in the past year.
Jeff Bezos (Amazon):
Jeff Bezos has redefined e-commerce by pioneering the “predictive analytics” concept. This concept recommended products to customers based on their search history and buying habits. Jeff made online commerce more efficient and profitable. Under his leadership, Amazon today is valued at $174 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook):
The founder of Facebook started off early. Today, he is listed among the top leaders of our times. Relentless in his focus, Zuckerberg has made Facebook one of the most powerful companies and he is valued at 34.8 million (as of today).
Lei Jun (Xiaomi):
The founder of Xiaomi, Lei Jun has resisted industry conventions from the start. He decided to sell his smartphone online only, giving the users a strong voice on software changes. He has led Xiaomi smartphone to be the world’s fifth-largest smartphone making his company worth $45 billion.
The above names have showed that leadership is an innate talent, but a talent that needs to be developed and refined. You can refine your leadership skills through Welingkar’s Distance Learning Programme and you never know your name just might make it on this list!