HCM CITY — Corporate leaders should create an active and optimistic business culture, but should not expect miracles during tough times, says John Sculley, former president of PepsiCo and former CEO of Apple.
Speaking with local entrepreneurs yesterday in a meeting arranged by the High Quality Vietnamese Products Business Association, he said a good leader placed the company's benefit above his own, recruited the best employees that he could and provided them with the best possible working environment.
Many local business leaders said they had learnt many things from the meeting.
Dr TranThi Le, general director of Nutifood, said: "I learnt from him how to continue being passionate about my business, be patient in coping with the current difficult time and in mapping out plans for future development."
Ly Huy Sang, deputy general director of Minh Long I Company, said: "I agree with him that a good CEO must be a hard-working person, be close on the work so as to solve difficulties in the best way.
"I am also impressed with the dare to fail culture of the US, which allows young people like us to be more confident in starting our businesses."
Leaders are like good athletes, meaning that only few people have inborn talents, but three decisive factors for a successful leader are education, relentless training and learning from experience, Sculley said. — VNS