Ray Croc, the founder of McDonald’s walked down the street near the gutter each night, picking up every McDonald’s wrapper and cup along the way. Former McDonalds CEO, Fred Turner told author: Alan Deutschman, “I saw Ray spend one Saturday morning with a toothbrush, cleaning out holes in the mop wringer. To everyone else, it was just a mop ringer but Croc saw all the crud building up in the holes and he wanted to clean them so the ringer would work better. I kept seeing that pattern with Ray.” Great leaders are often willing to notice and take care of problems that others overlook or avoid.

What are some things we can do as leaders to be a great example?

Entrepreneur Bill Gates founded the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen, and subsequently became one of the richest men in the world. Bill Gates was quoted as saying,

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.”

What are some other ways you can help inspire and empower the younger generation?

George Patton was known for his intemperate manner and is regarded as one of the most successful United States field commanders of any war. Patton is quoted as saying,

“Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”

Can you think of a time when a leader “handed you the reigns” and turned you loose on a project that you weren’t completely qualified for, and how it helped you grow or improve self-confidence?

Seth Godin is an American author and former dot com business executive. Seth is the author of nineteen international bestsellers that have been translated into over 35 languages. He now runs a blog on marketing, tribes, and respect. He’s quoted as saying,

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”

Can you tell us about something you’ve worked tirelessly for because you could see the “bigger picture”?

Stephen R. Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. One of his quotes I love is,

“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.”

What decisions have you recently made to improve your future?