If you want to run the business world someday, you need to start building an awesome career for yourself early. Current and former Fortune 500 executives, as well as other business leaders, have given some great career advice.
John Sculley, a former Apple CEO and president of Pepsi:-
John Sculley: Says it helps to think like an entrepreneur and to always look for a better way to do things. I was always insatiably curious. I still am. I kept observing — when I was working in bottling plants, resetting shelves in supermarkets, out on the trade, talking to other Pepsi bottlers. Observing, thinking, asking questions, you know, “Why is it done this way?” I think that while I didn’t know what the word “entrepreneur” was at that time, it’s exactly the characteristics that I look for when I’m looking for really good entrepreneurs to lead companies. Because you have to have an inquiring mind, you have to say there must be a better way to do things, and now with technology at a point where everything is possible, how do we turn the possible into the probable? And it all starts with a passion to do something really well, to solve a problem in a way that’s never been solved before, and to have just an incredible work ethic, to be persistent.
PayPal CEO Dan Schulman:-
Dan Schulman: Says there’s no substitution for hard work, and that you’ll probably be more successful if you put coworkers first and celebrate their achievements. I dont think there is any substitute for hard work. My sister died, and I was leading a big team at the time, and I had to take time off. It was a difficult, difficult time, and when I came back, I realized my team had really hung in there with me, and I just realized that what we had accomplished was completely what they had accomplished. I gave them full 100% credit. I think what I learned there is giving credit to others actually attracts more and more people to your team, because they want to be a part of that team because they know that it’s a team that is going to work together as one team — nobody’s going to try to take credit over somebody else. In many ways, leadership is about defining reality and inspiring hope, but if you have these great people around you and they know that what they do is going to be recognized, it can be incredibly powerful.