Bill Gates. Warren Buffet. Steve Jobs. These are business leaders of the past two decades who have made headlines for the right reasons, creating value and driving innovation for the companies they lead and serve. Leadership at the highest level is not just about conceptualizing and creating great products and services. It is about effective branding, advertising, and product positioning. It is about creating new markets for products that consumers didn’t know they had a need for, but now wait in line anxiously to purchase.
Steve Jobs, whose recent passing saddened many entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs-at-heart, exemplified many core leadership qualities. In the late 1970s, he took existing data processing technologies developed by IBM and other corporations and married them with the graphical-user-interface and mouse conceptualized a decade earlier at the Stanford Research Institute. Integrating these items into one user-friendly package, Jobs and the Apple team developed the world’s first PC.
Two decades later, Steve Jobs was back at the forefront of consumer technology, revolutionizing the portable music industry through the iPod. This in turn transformed the sales of music and video, propelling them into the digital sphere. Five years later, the iPhone represented a similar breakthrough for cell phones, creating handheld devices that offered many of the same user-friendly features of laptops and PCs. In creating these and many other products, Steve Jobs identified market opportunities and capitalized through decisive and coordinated execution.
At Leader Report, we focus on the trendsetting entrepreneurs, financial wizards, technological gurus, health care innovators, and other visionary leaders who have exerted a substantial impact on business and society. The leaders we profile on are not necessarily the biggest or the brashest. Often they are those who have quietly gone about their business, improving society in significant and under-recognized ways. Our featured leaders range from social media-driven entrepreneurs to those who have created shareholder value in the board room. Leader Report casts a light on leadership in all of its multifaceted forms, recognizing individuals who have made an impact in the corporate sphere, while bettering our everyday lives.
- Tony Tan Caktiong: Hamburger Success
Success in the hamburger business is a story you’ll often hear in the U.S. but in Asia it has been the source of success for Filipino businessman Tony Tan Caktiong. Tony was born to Chinese immigrant parents from Fujian Province. He went to high school at Chiang Kai Shek College and earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Santo Tomas, in Manila, Philippines.
In 1975 he was able to open two ice cream parlors. Then Tony began adding other food items like hamburgers, French fries and fried chicken. Then he founded
- Denise Coates: Online Gambling Queen
Denise Coates, CBE was born in September, 1967. She is the eldest daughter of Peter Coates, who is the current chairman of Stoke City Football Club and a director of Bet365. Denise is married to Richard Smith who is also a director at Stoke City F.C. She schooled at the University of Sheffield and achieved a first in econometrics.
The family owned a bookmaking firm, Provincial Racing and while still at school Denise started working in the cashier’s department, where she would markup bets. She trained as an accountant within the family business after
- Huang Zhenda: Construction Tycoon
Huang Zhenda resides in Shantou, China; in his late 60s he made it big in the construction business and has since expanded to other businesses. Huang started at the bottom of the ladder. He entered the construction industry as a construction worker. Yet Huang wasn’t going to spend the rest of his life as a construction worker, he believed in himself and had grander plans. His humble circumstance was not going to be a hindrance to achieving his dreams.
From a lowly construction worker he eventually was able to found in 1984, Shantou Dahao