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(upbeat music) - Well I think the most important, the most important thing about running a company is to remember all the time what a company is. A company is simply a group of people and as a leader of people you have to be a great listener, you have to be a great motivator, you have to be very good at praising and looking for the best in people. You know people are know different from flowers if you water flowers they flourish if you praise people they flourish and that's a critical attribute of a leader. (upbeat music) Virgin does work very well without me. I mean I used myself to build the brand, to build you know the sort of three or four hundred companies around the world. But I also learnt the art of delegation. I have a fantastic team of people who run the Virgin companies, give them a lot of freedom to run the companies as if they were their own companies. Give the freedom to make mistakes. You know the Virgin brand is now maybe one of the top 20 brands in the world, well respected, and you know when my balloon bursts and Virgin will continue to flourish. You know maybe I had the icing on the cake on occasions. Maybe they'll have to spend a bit more money on marketing but but fortunately you know Virgin is in a state where it can live on healthily without me. (upbeat music)
This course includes videos from:
Richard Branson, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of the Virgin Group
Jim Collins, bestselling author (Good to Great and Built to Last)
Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue Airways
Steven Kotler, journalist, author, and director of research for the Flow Genome Project
Jane McGonigal, researcher at the Institute for the Future and author (Reality Is Broken)
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