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Follow The Leader

Evaluating four leadership role models

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This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The minute you hire your first employee, you become a leader. But if your last leadership experience was Boy Scout camp 15 years ago, you may be clueless about inspiring your team. Fortunately, there are plenty of experts to advise you. We assessed four role models:

THE SAMURAI: "An executive must respect employee opinions and feedback even if they do not agree with his own views. Employees' empowerment and performance is directly related to the respect they feel." (The Code of the Executive, by Don Schmincke, Plume, $10.95, http://www.penguinputnam.com).

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