There's no one "right" way to lead a business. Today's leaders have a lot of wisdom to impart about managing the modern workforce, because each one approaches leadership in his or her own unique way. Every week, Business News Daily will share a leadership lesson from a successful business owner or executive.
- The leader: Luke Anear, CEO and founder of SafetyCulture
- Time in current position: 12 years
- Luke's philosophy: "Empower small teams to make big changes and create a company culture that you want to be a part of." (Click to tweet)
I want to create a culture that I want to be a part of each day — where everyone can contribute to a single vision and people feel they are valued over profits. I believe in being honest and learning people's limits early on, but then challenging them to grow beyond those limits.
Bill Smith, my first ever employer, taught me the importance of honesty, even when it hurts. He also said, "Listen to your accountant, take advice from your lawyer, but never let them run your business." He fired me for turning up late several times, and then he became my mentor for 22 years until he died.
I am also inspired by Steve Jobs and his clarity of purpose and relentless obsession to create the best possible customer experience. He also demonstrated the power of what can be achieved when a small team of people believes they can change the world. When Steve decided to come back as CEO of Apple, he was motivated not by greed, but by the fact that it was the right thing to do.