Today, i will be sharing with you some Jack Welch’s quotes and principles of corporate leadership. Jack Welch was a shrewd CEO during his time with General Electric; his leadership strategy saw the extraordinary growth of General Electric. Below are some of his quotes, principles and strategies of corporate leadership:

21 Jack Welch Quotes, Principles & Strategies of Corporate Leadership

1. “Control your destiny or someone else will.”

2. “Face reality as it is; not as it was or as you wish it were.”

3. “Be candid with everyone.”

4. “Don’t manage, lead.”

5. “Change, before you have to.”

6. “””If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”

7. “An organization’s ability to learn and translate that learning into action rapidly is the ultimate competitive advantage.”

8. “Giving people self confidence is by far the most important thing that i can do because then they will act.”

9. Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world’s best talent and greatest ideas.”

10. “I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

11. “”If GE’s strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of a billion dollars. If it’s right, it’s the future of this company for the next century.”

12. “If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.”

13. “My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.”

14. “Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.”

15. “The 1980s will seem like a walk in the park when compared to new global challenges, where annual productivity increases of 6% may not be enough. A combination of software, brains, and running harder will be needed to bring that percentage up to 8% or 9%.”

16. “The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.”

17. “The Internet is the Viagra of big business.”

18. “The team with the best players wins.”

19. “We bring together the best ideas – turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.”

20. “We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained? – Jack Welch

21. “Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.” – Jack Welch

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