The Hero Factor by Jeffrey W. Hayzlett
The Hero Factor: How Great Leaders Transform Organizations and Create Winning Cultures by Jeffrey W. Hayzlett
Ask a dozen people what makes a hero, and you will probably get a dozen different answers. Yet in The Hero Factor, Jeffrey Hayzlett objectively and succinctly defines heroism in an organizational leader.
Brian Pallas, CEO and founder of Opportunity Network, an invite-only network for select CEOs and private investors to grow their businesses, agrees with Hayzlett’s recipe for identifying and cultivating true C-suite heroes.
As Pallas notes, the book “highlights the importance of having clear and strong values, and it encourages you to stand strong by them.” Oftentimes, facing opposition related to profits and politics can be tough, but standing firm allows leader-heroes to attract like-minded believers in principled decision-making. Ultimately, a company led by a heroic CEO and executive team positions itself to win in competitive environments.
“For me, company culture is definitely one of the major keys to our success as a company,” Pallas muses. “It’s the people around me and the culture we’ve created, based on trust and a ‘let’s make it happen—together’ attitude, that makes me look forward to and overcome the hard moments.” He adds that leaders who take The Hero Factor seriously reward their firms with a far-reaching hidden benefit: Emerging leaders from the ranks who become tomorrow’s rallying voices.