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Wednesday, August 08, 2007


I have to do this biographical case study that will take 60% of the total mark for a leadership course.

So, I need to hear what you guys think.. who do you see as an outstanding BUSINESS leader. Someone who made a huge change! A real change in any business industry (technology, food, fashion, cars, oil,..) it doesn't really matter.. as long as s/he's well known in the business field so that it will be easy for me to find many online information from different sources. - this is the most important thing when it comes to a 3500 words case study.

Please no 'Bill Gates' suggestions. Half of the students if not more will chose him!

S/He doesn't have to be successful, it can be about someone who was considered a leader though s/he was a real failure (this will give me the ability to do a critical analysis).



  • At August 08, 2007 , Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

    off the top of my head you can start with these:

    Henry Ford (Assembly line, revolutionized the car industry)
    Warren Buffet (many things)
    Ted Turner (media)
    Rupert Murdoch (media)
    Walt Disney (entertainment and media)
    Ingvar Kamprad (Ikea owner)
    Donald Trump (real-estate)
    Hugh Hefner (porn)
    Ray Kroc (Mcdonald's founder)

    From the arab world
    Walid Bin Talal (Rotana)
    Saleh Kamel (ART)

  • At August 08, 2007 , Anonymous Luai said...

    I think you should choose a female leader...I feel they don't get much publicity. How about Oprah?

  • At August 08, 2007 , Anonymous Jason said...

    How about these:

    Ted Turner - Turner
    broadcasting...CNN headline news

    Henry Ford - Ford Motor company

    I know Henry Ford had a monumental failure...His failed attempt at producing natural rubber in the Amazon jungle

    Howard Schultz - Starbucks

    Philip H. Knight - Nike

    Herbert D. Kelleher - Southwest Airlines

    Sam Walton - Wal Mart

  • At August 08, 2007 , Blogger Maioush said...

    Well, I remember doing something similar to what you are asking for my dear, and I have some names for you and I remember collecting a lot of information about each one of those, I wrote you some information about them, hope it will help, good luck :)
    1. Richard Branson: is an enormously successful entrepreneur and founder of 150 enterprises that carry the Virgin name, such as Virgin Airlines.
    2. John T. Chambers: CEO of Cisco Systems, has revolutionized the technology industry and is recognized as one of the most fascinating business leaders of our times.
    3. Barbara Corcoran: founder of one of New York City’s largest residential real estate agencies, recently authored Use What You’ ve Got & Other Business Lessons I Learned from my Mom.
    4. Ingvar Kamprad: Swedish founder and chairman of IKEA stores, claims he adapted the inner workings of his business to compensate for his dyslexia.
    5. David Neeleman founder and CEO of Jet Blue Airways, started his first airline while he was still in college.
    6. Paul Orfalea: is the founder and chairperson of Kinko’s, an international, billion-dollar copy service company.
    7. Charles Schwab: is the founder, chairperson, and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation, the largest brokerage firm in the U.S.
    8. Diane Swonk: is Senior Managing Director and Chief Economist for Chicago based Mesirow Financial, one of the nation’s largest banks.
    9. James Levoy Sorenson: is a Utah entrepreneur who brings his talents to a wide range of ventures.
    10. Donald Winkler: CEO of Ford Motor Credit, has inspired businesses to overcome obstacles to success. He actively supports individuals with LD.

  • At August 08, 2007 , Blogger Globalorama said...

    Jack Welsh. period.

  • At August 08, 2007 , Blogger Noura said...

    I agree with Luai, my choice is also Oprah.. She built a succesful business empire that made her the richest woman in America,not to mention her charity work in the U.S. and abroad (she's building schools for girls in Africa)..All this from a very humble begining, her story is really impressive and inspirational..She truly made herself up from nothing but hard work..and there is no lack of material on the net for research.
    Good luck :)

  • At August 09, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    i was surprised to know that Fedex was a thesis for a student and supervisor made fun of it, and then this guy decided to start Fedex...sorry if i cannot give u a certain name, but i guess u can dig into the history of it....
    just an idea out of nowhere...
    good luck with ur project, dear

  • At August 09, 2007 , Anonymous Adel said...

    Richard Branson, Virgin Group.

  • At August 09, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    WOW! i wrote this post and didn't even think that I will get a single comment.. but here we go. All these comments, and not only this.. they're all so interesting and VERY USEFUL! Some of those names actually crossed my mind.. and others didn't but are definitely worth thinking of..

    Im speechless!!!

    Qwaider.. thanks for the names and for writing down their specialty fields too.

    Luai & Noura .. I'd find it more enjoyable and interesting to write about female leaders.. I love the Oprah show and I used to watch it every night back home.. but I don't think Oprah will meet the lecturer's interests. Im thinking of getting a high mark here.. so I'll just think of the ones who'll appeal the most to her!

  • At August 09, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    jason.. yeah :) I thought about those too, you know the funny thing is that in every single course they give us something about the Starbucks' creation. Today I had 35 pages to read about the overall process.. and It's quite interesting how they started and how much work they're doing to expand more and more!!

    maioush.. WOOOOW!!! This is amazing!!! LOVELY!!! thanks a lot..
    Branson was my choice, and Chambers is Nimer's!!! IKEA store founder didn't cross my mind.. but i like ;)

    Globalorama.. INTERESTING!! thanks :)

  • At August 09, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    afaf.. thank you dear!! this one will be considered too.. WOW Im so happy, I have plenty of choices now.. I just need to make up my mind ;)

    adel.. this is one of my first choices. I like it because there's a lot to talk about, a lot to discuss, many point of views and definitely many areas to discuss and mention.

  • At August 11, 2007 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I think (Al Waleed Ben Talail ) will be the best .

  • At August 11, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    Thank you anonymous..

  • At August 16, 2007 , Blogger PŕōuđPāŀĩ said...

    dima who did u end up chosing? :D out of curiousity :*

  • At August 17, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    PŕōuđPāŀĩ .. still didn't make up my mind really!! I still have time, another two weeks I guess, then I should start the real work! though Ill go for someone with so much fun in his life,,, this way it'll be more interesting for me ;) will let you know about my final decision :)

  • At August 20, 2007 , Blogger PŕōuđPāŀĩ said...

    'S/He doesn't have to be successful, it can be about someone who was considered a leader though s/he was a real failure (this will give me the ability to do a critical analysis).'

    well thats easy! George bush! :D

  • At August 20, 2007 , Blogger and life goes on... said...

    PŕōuđPāŀĩ .. he's NOT a leader.. not ever close to a leader! TRASH


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