Leadership Tips: Vol. 414

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Do what you know. Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine met in Malibu by chance in 2006. “They want me to sell sneakers,” Dre complained. “F--- sneakers,” Iovine replied. “Let’s sell speakers.” Since then, Beats headphones have become a monster hit.

— Adapted from “Generation Beats,” Isaac Guzman, Time.

Epic leadership. Raise the four pillars of Sioux leadership: bravery, fortitude, generosity and wisdom. These qualities enabled Red Cloud, a young brave from the “wrong” family, to become a Sioux leader in the mid-19th century.

— Adapted from The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, Simon and Schuster.

Think big. Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is not that different from Iron Man, the comic book industrialist he idolized as a kid. Musk used $180 million in proceeds from his first enterprise, PayPal, to finance his electric car and space exploration companies so that, like a superhero, he could “save the world.”

— Adapted from “Meet tech billionaire and real life Iron Man Elon Musk,” Andrew Smith, The Daily Telegraph.

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