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.
- Belmiro de Azevedo: Portuguese Tycoon
Belmiro de Azevedo was born on February 17, 1938, in Tuisa, Marco de Canaveses. The son of a carpenter and tailor and a seamstress mother, he earned a chemical engineering degree from the University of Porto and later an MBA from Harvard University. It was his favorite high school teacher who persuaded his parents to send him to college.
As reported by Forbes magazine, Belmiro took a job at a small Portuguese manufacturer named Sonae, in 1965 when he was 27 years old. At the age of 29
- Pierre Chen: Mixing Technology And Art
Pierre Chen has mixed technology and art in his life but in a much grander scale than many of us can ever achieve. Pierre was born in Tianan, Taiwan and grew up in Kaoshiung to a middle class family that could trace their roots in Taiwan back for 200 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the National Cheng Kung University.
In 1977 he established Yageo Corporation and still leads the company. Today it has become a world-class provider
- Xiao Wenge: Entertainment Magnate
Xiao Wenge who is in his late 40s is from China residing in Beijing. He is the chairman of DMG Entertainment whose shares trade on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The movie and TV company helped make the movie hit “Iron Man 3” in partnership with Walt Disney’s Marvel unit. Xiao’s stake in DMG Entertainment has turned him into a billionaire.
DMG started as an advertising agency in the 1990s and began distributing non-Chinese films in the Chinese film market in the late 2000s.It also began producing Chinese films, starting with The Founding of a