Kevin Kruse is the Founder and CEO of LEADx and a New York Times best selling author. His latest book is Great Leaders Have No Rules: Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business. Kevin started his first company at the age of 22 and went on to build, and sell, several multimillion dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards. He is also the author of We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, Employee Engagement 2.0, and 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management. He is a Forbes Leadership columnist and was named one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust Across America.
Stew and Kevin talk about lessons Kevin has distilled from his experiences, both his failures and his successes. He shares his somewhat unorthodox views on leadership -- including a closed and not an open-door policy, the importance of picking favorites, and having “no rules.” This does not mean anything goes, laissez-faire. It means having crucial conversations about shared values and co-creating standards that flow from them. Kevin believes all of us lead in all the different parts of our lives. It’s not a matter of whether you’re leading but, rather, what your leadership is and what impact you’re having. Kevin’s insights on how he learned this big idea and how he uses it are both profound and practical.