What makes a great leader?

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Henry Paulson (Former US Secretary of the Treasury & CEO, Goldman Sachs)

Henry Paulson answers the question of what makes a great leader by using his long experience working with all types of leaders in government and in business. He discusses how there are no perfect leaders and that top jobs by their nature will uncover a person’s weaknesses and flaws. Paulson identifies characteristics that are common to great leaders including self awareness which he ranks as the most important quality for leading any organization.


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Henry Paulson

Former US Secretary of the Treasury & CEO, Goldman Sachs

Henry M. Paulson, Jr. is the Chairman of The Paulson Institute, a non-partisan “think and do” institution working to advance global environmental protection and sustainable economic growth in the United States and China, while promoting broader understanding between the two countries.

Previously, Paulson served as the 74th Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. Prior to that, he had a thirty-two year career at Goldman Sachs, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 1999. Earlier in his career, Paulson was a member of the White House Domestic Council as well as a Staff Assistant at the Pentagon.

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