One of the wonderful things about Jeff is that he had an amazing career at Microsoft (you can see some of his history starting from when he left Apple and his additional contributions). He took his formidable business sense and applied it to fundraising leadership when he and his wife, Tricia, were the 2006-7 Campaign Co-Chairs for United Way of King County.
At this meeting, Jeff talked about Jon Shirley, a man he considers a mentor. Jon joined Microsoft in 1983 as President and Chief Operating Officer. Jon steered the deal to take Microsoft public in 1986. Jeff talked about leadership lessons he learned from Jon.
“Great leaders have a great ability to value and trust their people, by listening, and a willingness to step forward and roll up their sleeves and add value – and they make a decision and do it.”
This is spot-on… hire the right people then value them and allow them to use their talents, smarts and instincts to do their jobs.
In addition, don’t be afraid to lead by pitching in.