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Home > Blog > What Makes a Great Leader?
Out of Our Minds
Tuesday, April 19, 2005 3:54 PM
What Makes a Great Leader?
Anita Sharpe on Business

In the case of Phil Knight, who just stepped down as CEO of Nike, it's hard to know -- but whatever it is, it's going to be a hard act to follow.

According to an April 4 story in Fortune, Knight is not a people person. Nor does he seem to pay a lot of attention to the business details that consume other executives. When market data is discussed or presented, for instance, Knight 'sort of checks out,' says a Nike executive.

'And yet,' says Fortune, 'he manages to do three things better than just about anyone in the business: hire good people, shuffle them around and inspire them.'

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received was: know what you're good at and know what you're not good at. Do a lot of the first and virtually none of the second. Knight seems to have mastered this art.


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