by Chris Cloud
The following interview is the third of a series of four interviews with missional business owners on the lessons they’ve learned about leadership.
Jim co-founded a manufacturing company in South Asia focused on creating jobs for the marginalised and exploited.
1. What is your philosophy of leadership?
Know the principles you believe in and follow them when you encounter difficult decisions.
2. What experiences, people, or philosophies have most influenced the way you view and practice leadership?
Probably 4 years at the Air Force Academy and 7 years active duty. They strongly emphasized character in leadership and following core values, which for the Air Force are: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.
3. How has your view of leadership changed over your years leading a BAM company overseas?
I’ve realized that taking the “nice guy” route is easy, but isn’t always the best thing for the people you lead.