One World, One Industry: Six Leadership Lessons from 20 Years in the Electronics Industry


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The orchestra conductor is an apt metaphor for the successful leader.
 
Effective leadership often boils down to the ability to inspire others (the symphony) to their best work, while keeping and driving the overall vision of the organization (the musical score).
 
Freed from the minutiae of day-to-day operations, leaders are called upon to consider the “big picture” and then make the tough strategic decisions that could make or break their team’s work. I’ve spent more than 20 years in the electronics industry, beginning as an engineer for General Electric in upstate New York.
 
For the last four years, I have served as president and CEO of IPC, a global trade association for the electronics industry. In this role, I have been exposed to all types of problems faced by the CEOs of our more than 3,700 member companies worldwide. In addition, I have witnessed innovative management and leadership techniques employed across dozens of different cultures.
 
It would be impossible for me to capture all of the qualities exhibited by the most successful executives of the world’s largest electronics manufacturers in this short space. I can, however, highlight the themes I’ve observed and the lessons I’ve learned in my own career. 
 
Editor's Note: To read the full version of this article which appeared in the October 2016 issue of The PCB Magazine, click here.

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