CEOs Don’t Come Pre-Made, Authentic Leadership Has To Be Learned

December 1st, 2012 / No Comments »

By Scott Weiss

“There are a bunch of aggressive, ivy-league-educated, high IQ people working in Bentonville whose careers are going nowhere because they never learned how to connect with other people.” ­­­Lee Scott, (now former) CEO of Walmart, circa 2008

During my short tenure at Cisco, I attended a leadership offsite where Lee Scott was the featured speaker. I certainly knew of Walmart but had never heard of Lee before this meeting. He humbly delivered a powerful hour-long speech on leadership ­­­— without notes or slides, as he paced the stage, hands in pockets. While I’ve heard a lot of leaders speak, I’ve never come away more impressed with how the delivery matched the content…..