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Leadership Lessons: Ken S. Springer of Corporate Resolutions, Inc.

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: Ken. S. Springer, founder and president of Corporate Resolutions, Inc. (CRI)
  • Time in current position: 25 years
  • Ken's philosophy: "I believe in hands-on leadership and try to lead by example. I always practice what I preach." (Click to tweet)

Springer explains the experiences that helped form his personal leadership philosophy:

"I loved the 12 years I spent with the FBI, but it also taught me that I belonged in an entrepreneurial environment. When I started my business I was definitely more of a micro-manager than I care to admit. But after years of reading, observing and learning from my mistakes, my leadership style has evolved. 

"I also come from a large family, so I was fortunate to have a nice combination of academic and real-world experience well before I started Corporate Resolutions. Leading a big family means managing a lot of different personalities. In my case, that meant learning to be patient at times and knowing when to give a push.

"It's important to have a strong understanding of your people's true strengths. This helps foster a 'delegate with trust' style, as opposed to a 'delegate to get off your plate' style. As much as possible, decisions should be driven by consensus. You need to be open-minded and flexible to create a positive environment."

Nicole Fallon

Nicole received her Bachelor's degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She began freelancing for Business News Daily in 2010 and joined the team as a staff writer three years later. Nicole served as the site's managing editor until January 2018, and briefly ran Business.com's copy and production team. Follow her on Twitter.