“WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE!” If you remember the commercials in which intimidating athletes stared at you with this declaration, then you remember when the company, Under Armour started to dominate the athletic apparel, equipment and accessories market. Its CEO, Kevin Plank, is a leader that young entrepreneurs can take examples, advice, and leadership style tips from, and apply them to their own leadership styles. Here are a few reasons why Plank is an inspirational leader to learn from.
He Remembers the Past, Looks Clearly to the Future
Plank calls them “engines,” and he places them strategically around his organization to help make big, tough decisions. These are the employees who can handle pressure and great responsibility. The notion is that if they are just as inspired as he is, then people will want to work hard for him through them. That way, the leadership trickles down and the inspiration and desire is constantly in motion.
Not unlike the “Protecting the House” commercials that put Under Armour on the map, Plank protects the integrity of his company by showing inspirational leadership skills and a passion for his work. What types of leadership styles do you admire?