Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way


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VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger shares his perspective on effective leadership, based on his own personal experience and lessons he has learned over the course of his 35-year career in the technology industry.
  • Reasons to discount the HIPPO—the highest-paid person’s opinion.
  • Why you need to embrace your failures and keep learning every single day.
  • The value of relationships: listen to your mentors and give frank, direct feedback to your subordinates.
Gelsinger speaks to why he considers strategy a 7x24 job for leaders today, and why he believes leaders should never waste a good crisis. He also shares his philosophy on smart decision-making, and why values, in the end, are the most enduring thing we will ever create and sustain as leaders.

Prior to VMware, Gelsinger led EMC's Information Infrastructure Products business as president and COO after spending 30 years in numerous technical, management and executive roles at Intel, where he began his career. Gelsinger was Intel's first CTO, and as the head of Intel Labs he led many of the company's research initiatives. He holds six patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is a well-known speaker on technology trends, and has received a variety of industry awards. In 2008 he was named a Fellow of the IEEE.

Leadership Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Pat Gelsinger

CEO, VMware


43 Minutes