Just like an empire, companies can come and go with the times. However, there are some that last for ages, and great leadership is the secret. Great leaders have the ability to motivate employees, help others see and believe in a vision, and lead innovation in the company. Having a great leader at the helm is something that all investors, consumers, and employees want.
Here is a list in no order of preference of the 10 MOST influential business leaders from the past and present who has and still is changing the way we see the world today.
Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group.
Ma was the first entrepreneur from China to ever appear on the cover of Forbes magazine.
Before getting accepted to Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute, Ma was rejected from university three times! After graduation, he applied for 30 jobs and was turned down for all of them.
He first learned about the internet during a short trip to the U.S., and when he returned home, he created a small website about China and Chinese products.
His CURIOSITY was first step towards creating a the biggest online e-commerce company and the most popular destination for online shopping!
“It doesn’t matter if I failed. At least I passed the concept on to others. Even if I don’t succeed, someone will succeed.” Jack Ma
Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code.
Saujani is an American lawyer and politician and her company Girls Who Code promotes technology training specifically coding to young women. Her company has camps set up in 42 states across America with over 10,000 girls attending. She began her career as an attorney and activist.
In 2010, she surged onto the political scene as the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. During the race, Reshma visited local schools and saw the gender gap in computing classes firsthand, which led her to start Girls Who Code. Reshma has also served as Deputy Public Advocate for New York City and ran a spirited campaign for Public Advocate in 2013.
It is her DETERMINATION that led her company to more than 10,000 camps set up in 42 states across America with over 15,000 girls attending each!
“Never give up. People will always discount you, and you’ll always get rejected. But set your sights high. Be boldly ambitious. Be relentless and never give up.” Reshma Saujani
Bill Gates, Founder of Microsoft.
In March 1986, Bill Gates took Microsoft public with an initial public offering (IPO) of $21 per share, making him an instant millionaire at age 31.Over time, the company’s stock increased in value and split numerous times.
Over the years, Gates has slowly transitioned away from Microsoft and into philanthropic ventures. His foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is working to provide clean water and sanitation among other things to third-world countries.Gates has also promised to leave the vast majority of his wealth to charity.
His GENEROSITY has made Microsoft as the world’s largest PC software company, and each year Gates is consistently has been at the top or at least near the top of Forbes’ annual list of the world’s wealthiest people.
“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” Bill Gates
Estée Lauder , Co- Founder Of Estée Lauder Companies.
Lauder started off as a salon owner who sold her chemist uncle’s beauty products to friends and clients and went all the way to received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was inducted to the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame
After introducing her own fragrance called Youth Dew in 1953, she quickly rose to notoriety not only in the perfume industry but also in the beauty world.
Her HARD WORK is the secret behind what is today a $32 billion beauty and skin care corporation. Lauder is also the only woman to grace Time magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business masterminds of the 20th century,
“I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” Estee Lauder.
Mark Zuckerberg, Co- Founder of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg co-founded the social-networking website Facebook out of his college dorm room. He left Harvard after his sophomore year to concentrate on the site,
The user base of which has grown to more than 2 billion people, making Zuckerberg one youngest multi billionaire in the world. The birth of Facebook was portrayed in the 2010 film The Social Network.
The AMBITIOUS 34-year-old Facebook CEO says Facebook which has more 1.74 active users a day, aims to connect the whole world together digitally in the future. This outlandish goal seems at least a little more possible today than say 10 years ago.
“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” Mark Zuckerberg
Walt Disney, Founder of Disney.
Walter Elias Disney, or famously known as Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901, in Hermosa, Illinois co-founded Walt Disney Productions with his brother 95 years ago!
Disney was an INNOVATIVE animator who created the world renowned cartoon character Mickey Mouse. He won 22 Academy Awards during his lifetime, and was also the founder of theme parks such as Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
His storytelling served not only to entertain, but to also develop trust in his brand.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney.
STEVE JOBS, CO- FOUNDER OF APPLE.
Steve Jobs is one of the most influential innovators, entrepreneurs, and business leaders in history who changed the world through technology. He alone revolutionized three multi-billion dollar industries-personal computing, mobile phones, and the music industry.
More importantly, he was DARING to do new things which now has transformed the way people read, play and work and live. Steve Jobs’ business accomplishments and decisions have greatly impacted our lives, from the smart and attractive outlook of glass-faced smart devices to our access to songs, movies, animation and software developments.
His absence will be tremendously felt in coming years.
“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” Steve Jobs.
Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motor Company.
Henry Ford, is best-known as both a folk hero as well as a technological genius. He is also called to be the father of the modern assembly line used in mass production whose Model T automobile modernized transportation in particular, and American industry in general.
His INTELLIGENCE permanently transformed the economic as well as as the social character of the United States. Within the five years of the inception of the Ford Motors, it produced 267,720 cars and employed 13,000 people. Within a decade he had captured about 48 percent share of US car market with $100 million in annual sales.
“The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.” Henry Ford
Michael Dell, Founder of Dell.
Michael Dell is longest-serving CEO in the personal computer industry also Dell was the very first computer company to use Just-In-Time manufacturing.
As of 2012, Dell has offices across 34 countries with approximately 36,000 employees. Dell is best known for its stylish yet inexpensive desktops, laptops and handheld computing devices that successfully meet the requirements of customers.
Thanks to IMAGINATIVE mind, he has been honored with various titles including “Entrepreneur of the Year” from Inc magazine, “Top CEO in American Business” by Worth Magazine, “Man of the Year” by PC Magazine, “CEO of the Year” by Financial World and Industry Week magazines from 1997-1999 and in 1992, he became the youngest CEO of Dell thanks to
“It’s through curiosity and looking at opportunities in new ways that we’ve always mapped our path at Dell. There’s always an opportunity to make a difference.” Michael Dell
Sundar Pichai, CEO Of Google Inc.
Born in Chennai, India, Pichai was bright and CREATIVE from a young age.
Having received his education from some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, he worked in engineering and product management at Applied Materials and in management consulting at McKinsey & Company before becoming a part of Google.
Pichai had joined Google years ago in 2004 as a product manager and led the innovative efforts for several of Google’s products including Google Chrome and Chrome OS which went on to become highly successful. Pichai is well-liked by his colleagues and is dubbed as the “man behind Google’s most important products.
“A person who is happy is not because everything is right in his life, he is happy because his attitude towards everything in his life is right.” Sundar Pichai