The Aerospace Executive Podcast

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A Different Kind of Leadership

September 12, 2019

There are two types of business leaders:  Top down leader who dictates tasks that needs to be done and the commander-style leader who sets the strategy and relies on his team to implement it.  What style do “A” players work with best?

 CEOs who micromanage cannot be effective. -Craig Picken


Takeaways + Tactics 

Sometimes getting the best results means giving control to your teams

Hire the right people and let them excel; they will excel and do what’s right

People want to be trusted, not micromanaged.


Learn More About Your Host:

Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 

Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves. 

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