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Barry Salzberg: Resilient podcast

Leading by example

“There’s always room for Jell-O.” But what does that have to do with leadership? We continue our conversation with Barry Salzberg, the former Global CEO of Deloitte, to discuss the importance of mentorship, the traits of successful leaders, and the need for diverse organizations.

Barry Salzberg, former Deloitte Global CEO, on leading by example

After completing his term in 2015 as the Global CEO of Deloitte, Barry Salzberg made the transition to teaching—not the typical path for a retired executive. As a professor at Columbia University, Barry shares his leadership experiences and perspectives with the next generation of CEOs. In part two of his conversation with Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory’s Mike Kearney, Barry discusses why mentoring others has been a priority throughout his career.

I do believe that we need better, more sophisticated, but more sensitively created business leaders in the future. And if I could contribute to that in a way based on my experiences and thinking, it’s inspiring.

His advice for future executives?

  • Be yourself. You were hired because of who you are, so stand by your values.
  • Empower others. Give employees the room to make decisions, but hold them accountable.
  • Foster diversity. Create a thoughtfully diverse organization, and not just because you think you should.

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