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.
- Lutz Mario Helmig: German Business Magnate
Lutz Mario Helmig who is in his late 60s resides in Grebenhain, Germany. He is a doctor by training who used his medical knowledge to good business use. Lutz is well known in Germany for founding the company that became a highly regarded operator of medical facilities, Helios Hospital Group.
He then founded ATON GmbH, which serves as his family’s investment. The company is named after the ancient Egyptian deity depicted as the solar disk emitting rays terminating in human hands (and described on the company website as “a universal god with creative omnipotence”).
- Kenneth Feld: Feld Entertainment Chairman
Kenneth Feld was born in 1948, in Washington, DC. Kenneth and his sister Karen were raised by their aunt and uncle when their mother committed suicide in 1958. Kenneth graduated with a management degree from the Boston University School of Management in 1970.
His father Irvin bought Ringling Bros for $8 million in 1967. Irvin and Ken sold the Greatest Show on Earth to Mattel in 1971 for $50 million in stock before buying it all back in 1982 for around $23 million. After his father’s death of
- William Adderley: Dunelm Group Founder
William “Bill” Adderley was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England. Bill was a manager at a Woolworths store in Coalville. The company wanted him to relocate to its Skegness store so he left in 1979.
Bill was looking for a new job that year. In the meantime he and his wife Jean sold curtains from a stall in Leicester market. These curtains had been rejected by Mark and Spencer. In 1984 they opened their first home furnishings store, called Dunelm.