3 Leadership Lessons from Carlos Ghosn

In the last issue of IESE Insight magazine, Carlos Ghosn offered three key lessons he has learned during his career.

Carlos Ghosn at IESE

  1. First, he said, “Every problem has a solution,” but business leaders have to be prepared to pay the personal or collective price that will come with a given solution.
  2. Second, things have to get worse before they get better. “It’s easier to improve a company in trouble than a company with an average performance,” he said.
  3. His third lesson was that “you learn management by doing” and nothing is as instructive as highly stressful situations. When faced with adversity, often “you cannot sleep, you cannot eat,” he said, but in the end, such situations are often what teach managers the most.

What lessons have you learnt?

What would you share?

Thanks to Sergio C. for alerting me to these wise words from Carlos Ghosn.

3 comments

  1. kevalparekh · · Reply

    Yes,
    I do agree,
    If u dont pay , u dont achieve anything in life.
    Paying is v.similar to achieving something

  2. Contrarian's Mind · · Reply

    All great insights by Carlos. To his point::” business leaders have to be prepared to pay the personal or collective price that will come with a given solution.” I would add that paying the price can only be done when the leaders have skin in the game…

    1. Yep, if there is no commitment it is too easy to walk away when time gets tough

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