Leadership lessons for business leaders from Harry Reid:
They should be determined and knowledgeable.
Through sheer determination and in-depth knowledge of how the senate works, Harry Reid united diverse senators to support the Affordable Care Act. He managed this feat only hours before the deadline.
Business leaders should strive to learn as much as possible about their business sector. This knowledge, coupled with a determination to go after their goals, can be crucial in landing business deals. It can also be instrumental in influencing the decision-making of one’s peers or associates.
They should be ethical.
Business leaders gain respect for themselves and their companies by practicing ethical values. Strong business and leadership ethics help attract business associates and employees’ respect and trustworthiness. Harry Reid demonstrated his ethical values when he declined a 12,000 dollar bribe as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission. His stint there turned out to be his career-defining position.