A CEO on the go

Randy Komisar on the art of snap leadership

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Randy Komisar’s 20-year management career has had its conventional— and unconventional— periods. After graduating from Harvard Law School, he worked as a lawyer for Apple Computer before joining other companies where he rose from general counsel to VP to COO and finally to CEO of LucasArts Entertainment.

Today, he incubates start-up technology firms as a “virtual CEO,” meaning he helps run four or five companies at a time, taking equity instead of pay. In his new book, The Monk and the Riddle (Harvard Business School Press, 2000), he discusses his principles of leadership.

WS: How do you swoop into companies and manage employees effectively? Is it tougher because you’re an outsider?

Komisar: I rely on relationship power, not traditional position power that comes from my title or a big office or other CEO trappings. I find that building relationships with people and inspiring them is the key to my leadership. That’s how I thi...(register to read more)

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