Erich Hunziker: Reflections on Leadership

20/09/2012
Erich Hunziker, formerly CFO of Roche and now Vice Chairman of Holcim, shares eight personal lessons on leadership with HQ Asia.

1. Leadership = Serve

"To become a leader, and not an arrogant leader, you have to have the willingness to serve."
This statement is the core of my conviction, shaped by lessons from my childhood, particularly by my father who was a union leader and a respected man.

I grew up in a village in rural Switzerland, where my father and my friends’ fathers were railway workers. Moreover, I saw how tough life became for my friends when their fathers had no work anymore.

This made me realise that business decisions affect people...

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