What kind of people run a $2 billion business?

I was reminded today that growing a multi-billion dollar global business takes a handful of leadership qualities that equally apply to any organizational space.  Include on this list things like humility, humor, empathy, courage and trustworthiness.

Leadership success, especially at the executive level is far more about who we are as people and less about our experience, pedigrees and track records. This is precisely why it's such a challenge helping graduate business students become worthy of executive leadership integrity. 

The 15 years I taught leadership to executive leadership graduate students proved this, that leadership is about character not just charisma or competences. And fortunately, my best students got it. This is what I revisited today.