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How to lead 110,000 people

Alan Shugart shares secrets from mom and IBM

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Alan Shugart, 70, founded Seagate Technology in 1979, building the company into the world’s largest independent manufacturer of disk drives and related components. When he left the firm in 1998 as its chairman and CEO, it had grown to 110,000 employees.

Before launching Seagate, Shugart climbed the corporate ladder for 18 years at IBM and four years at Memorex.

WS: How did you exert leadership over 110,000 employees?

Shugart: Part of being a leader is making sure everyone knows you’re a leader. Some managers forget that. They just hide in their offices and don’t get out in front of their employees. You have to take charge and set an example of what you want done and how you want people to act.

WS: Is it hard not to let all that power go to your head?

Shugart: The best leaders are proud but humble. I learned that lesson when I was 12 years old. I came home from a softball game and told my mother all the great things I did for...(register to read more)

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