John Venhuizen, CEO of Ace Hardware, was recently interviewed by Dan Rockwell on the topic of Leadership. The interview was included on Dan’s blog called “Leadership Freak”. Below is the introduction to the post.
“I asked the CEO of the largest home improvement franchise company in the world, Ace Hardware, what others saw in him as a leader. He started talking about definitions.
Three Definitions of Leadership:
1. Leaders take people where they could not go on their own.
2. “Leaders rally people toward a better future.” Marcus Buckingham
3. Leaders galvanize people to want to do what must be done.
Leaders instigate forward-facing movement. You have to go somewhere to lead. You aren’t just taking a walk.”