Great leadership never goes out of style. The need for it has never been greater.
Whoever made those statements first, thank you. I’ll share them as a contribution and rationale for Business North Carolina’s Power List, our annual report on the state’s most influential leaders.
Demand for steady, competent leadership is unquestionable. Just look at the war in Ukraine, inflation reaching 40-year highs, and negative effects lingering from a horrible pandemic. It’s a challenging time.
Fortunately, our state is full of terrific leaders, as evidenced by this publication. Our magazine created the list after seeking nominations, talking with dozens of sources, undertaking significant research and spending years covering North Carolina’s business community from our unique statewide perspective.
We realize this is a small sampling that reflects our best efforts to cite those making the most impact. There are thousands of great leaders in the state. We love to hear feedback from readers reminding us of key omissions.
The people on the list shared some thoughts on their early morning routines, keys to success, favorite hobbies and great hangouts and restaurants. The responses provide considerable insight and some humor.
My personal favorites: