Jeffrey Immelt on Leadership

Jeffrey Immelt took over at the helm of GE, stepping into Jack Welch’s shoes in 2001. In this address to a graduating class from Stanford University in 2010, he talks about the 10 Traits of an effective leader:

  1. Listening analytically
  2. Being adaptable in a volatile world
  3. Managing relationships
  4. Simplifying everything (especially structure, metrics, accountability and focus)
  5. Being a Systems Thinker
  6. Having courage and patience to see things through
  7. Knowing and understanding how things can fail
  8. Managing people who are different from you
  9. Leading from the front (being accountable and authentic)
  10. Liking people