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Leadership Lessons from the Top of the Org Chart

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Special Report - LeadershipMark Leslie had overseen two other companies before he came onboard at Veritas Software in 1990 as founding chairman and CEO. So he had some ideas about the kind of culture he wanted to create--that is, what sort of internally generated values could help the company succeed.

For starters, Leslie wanted to make Veritas' decision-making process more transparent. Early on, he presided over a weekly meeting with employees at which, he says, "all of the issues of the day were discussed." Later, after the company went public, he'd conduct an open executive staff meeting once a month--managers worldwide could listen in--during which he and senior executives would share information, such as earnings projections.

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